We are passionate about biosecurity—but today, we are zooming out from microscopic security to take a look at the big picture—the overall security of your farm. A key way to protect your birds is to know what is happening on your farm at all times, but security camera systems and services can be expensive.
In this video, poultry farmer, Jason Jackson, shares how farmers can install and monitor security camera systems themselves for just a fraction of the cost. He walks through the step-by-step process that saved him money and helped him gain peace of mind by setting up and managing video surveillance on his farm without hiring an expensive security company.
Security matters on the farm because you, as the farmer, need to know when people come onto or leave your farm, when deliveries happen, who is in your control room and how business is handled when you are away. Camera systems give you the ability to manage farm operations with even more certainty.
First, let's take a look at what you'll need:
- Security Camera System (ebay or Amazon)
- DVR with hard drive installed (may come with system)
- WiFi Extender (ebay or Amazon)
- Monitor (pawn / thrift shop)
- VGA Cable and Mouse (may come with monitor)
Set up notifications to go directly to your phone, and check your actual monitor if and when you have concerns. These simple tools come together to heighten security all over your farm and help you sleep better at night.
Next, let's talk installation.
Consider the most important indoor and outdoor spots for your video cameras.
If a camera is outside, even if it says it is outdoor safe and water resistant, try to install it under an overhang for extra protection. If a camera is inside, be sure you can see as much of the indoor space as possible and that it includes most important areas like controls as well as entrances and exits.
Where should you put your cameras?
You should know who comes onto or leaves your property at any moment, so be sure to install a camera facing your entry/exit road as well as outside your houses.
You should also know who is in your control room at any point. We all know your flocks depend on a careful balance that is managed in this important space. You need to know who is making changes and when.
You also need to have cameras facing feed bin pad to know which bins were filled and when.
Monitoring equipment storage buildings is especially important because it's an area where thieves can come in. Monitoring can help you should anything turn up missing on your farm.
Security is always the goal.
We want to help you, the farmer, create as secure of a farm as possible. If you have any questions about farm security, troubleshooting problems on your farm or simply would like to learn more, the Southland Organics team is here. For farm security questions, you can reach out to Jason directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s happy to help! If you need help with poultry biosecurity topics, connect with me, Allen Reynolds, at 800-608-3755 or email@example.com. Don’t forget to subscribe because we are constantly adding great, educational content to help you keep your farm healthy!
About the Author
This blog was written by Allen Reynolds, Southland Organics’ Poultry Sales Manager. Allen spent years working on poultry farms, from installing equipment to dumping chicks. He has been helping poultry farmers overcome obstacles since 2014, focusing on poultry farm strength in the antibiotic-free environment since 2017. He has traveled thousands of miles and worked closely with hundreds of farmers during his time with Southland Organics. Allen is known by even more farmers from the YouTube channel Poultry Biosecurity, where he regularly appears in videos that educate farmers on topics like bird health and farm business. Learn more about Allen here.