The maintenance of sanitary conditions on poultry ranches is essential in the control of synanthropic flies, mosquitoes, and commensal rodents. To ensure sanitary conditions and compliance with state and local requirements, bimonthly inspections are conducted on poultry ranches located in the western portion of Riverside County. Many aspects of ranch management are investigated during these inspections including manure management, manure disposal, maintenance of watering and feeding devices, timely removal of dead fowl and broken eggs, and other conditions that could result in a vector breeding situation.
What is a poultry ranch?
A commercial poultry ranch is any building, structure, enclosure, or premise located within the unincorporated territory of Riverside County, where 1,000 or more domestic fowl are kept or maintained for the primary purpose of producing fowl, eggs, or meat for sale, as defined by Riverside County Ordinance No. 565.
Virulent Newcastle Disease
Virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as Exotic Newcastle is a serious, highly contagious viral disease that can affect poultry and other birds. The virus can be carried from one premise to another on contaminated shoes and clothing of any service crew or other visitors. There is no effective cure for this disease. As of June 1, 2020, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has lifted the quarantine to affected poultry ranches in Southern California. Biosecurity measures taken to protect poultry ranches are recommended and will be used by this Department when conducting inspections. Click here for more information on Virulent Newcastle Disease.