Officine Facco: alternative systems for “cage free” layers

Facco offers practical, economical and environmentally-friendly solutions for the world wide poultry industry through a complete line of poultry cutting-edge technology equipment.

Alternative systems from SPECHT

In compliance with all the current national and European legal requirements, Specht has developed three different layers housing systems which are able to meet all poultry farmers’s needs.

Newcastle Disease

Unfortunately, ND disease cannot be differentiated from infectious bronchitis and some of the other respiratory infections, except by laboratory methods. So it is very difficult to recognize it at first sight. There is no treatment for it but Good “biosecurity” practices will help reduce the possibility of exposure to the virus.

Stork Nuova CoreTech poultry evisceration

Marel Poultry is global supplier of innovative inline poultry processing equipment for broilers, turkeys and ducks, providing solutions for all process stages and all capacity levels. Now Marel Poultry developed the Stork Nuova CoreTech eviscerator to operate in emerging markets or in markets with specific or religious requirements.



Welfare problems of laying hens in Europe

Reviewing the state of knowledge on the most important welfare issues in layers housing: stocking density and group size, use of perches, litter, nests and free range.

Water holding capacity in poultry breast meat

Water holding capacity (WHC) is defined as the ability of meat to hold its inherent and added moisture during fabrication, processing, and storage.

Hatchery waste management

There are various options for hatchery managers to convert their waste into value-added products such as compost, fertilizer, liming agents for soil amendment, biogas, medical products, and animal feed. This article explores some of these options.

Options for cooling turkeys in hot weather

Hot weather can have a negative impact on turkey performance. When turkeys are exposed to very high temperatures, especially for prolong periods of time,...

Feed industry outlook: protein shortage

To realize sustainable environment and to produce safe foods, reduction of carbon foot prints, optimization of arable land and water uses, reduction in the use of antibiotics and pesticide are primary factors

VALLI housing systems

VALLI’s products not only live up to everything they promise but, above all, the solutions provided by the Italian company take into account all the issues involved in order to meet the requirements of an increasingly conscious and demanding customers.

Hen feeding for progeny: current research and U.S. field perspectives

Hen nutrition is a key component for good chick viability, welfare, growth, and meat yields. This paper covers some historical and current research on hen feeding to impact progeny, and how the U.S. breeder nutritionist is poised to implement some of these opportunities in the current market conditions.

Avian Mycoplasma Control – Central For Antibiotic Independent Production

The effects of avian mycoplasma infections are overt disease (often chronic), subclinical losses and antibiotic dependence. Routine administration of antibiotics in broilers at 18-22...

Raising Broilers Antibiotic-Free

Best management practices are a key component in raising chicken without antibiotic with more attention to details of production and biosecurity.

An overview of Campylobacter infection in the turkey industry

Thermophilic Campylobacter spp. are among the leading bacterial causes of acute gastroenteritis worldwide and the etiologic agents of the most common food-borne zoonoses in the European Union (EU) since 2005. The actual number of cases is believed to be around 9 million each year. The cost to public health systems and to lost productivity in the EU is estimated to be around EUR 2.4 billion a year (EFSA, accessed 31st January 2015).
Cold Weather Management

Cold Weather Management

As the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting colder as well in the Northern parts of the world. The cold itself wouldn’t...

SKA alternative layers farming

SKA of Italy offers a wide range of solutions for layer farming, ranging from aviary systems to communal nesting systems. Each one proven and tested to deliver excellent field results.

Feeding low protein diets to meat chickens: effects on emissions of toxic and odorous...

Feeding low protein diets formulated to provide all the required amino acids without excesses may reduce putrefaction and therefore the production of toxic and odorous metabolites in the hindgut and litter.

Effects of light intensity on broiler welfare, productivity and leg health

Researchers investigated the welfare implications of behavioural changes induced by varying light programs. Here the effects of light intensity on broiler welfare and productivity are reported.

Managing commercial layers for a single lay cycle

The rearing phase of a laying hen’s life is essential to achieve the maximum genetic potential. Uniform pullets meeting target body weights will have the frame and bone structure necessary to produce large numbers of high quality eggs.

Review of different day-old chick quality parameters in layer type breeds – Part 2

Introduction The aim of every commercial layer hatchery is a maximum hatchability of first quality chicks. The evaluation of chick quality in the hatchery provides...

H&N celebrated 70 years of excellent performances worldwide

To celebrate its 70-year success story and launch its new company logo, H&N gathered its distributors and customers in a two-day event in Bangkok. All these customers shared the same vision and experience: H&N layers are persistent and highly productive. Moreover they produce high quality eggs, meeting the demands of modern consumers.

“BALTIKA”: guaranteed comfort for laying hens

TEXHA housing alternative system BALTIKA meets all the European requirements and has already been implemented by the European poultry farms

Salmonella Typhimurium infection in laying hens

Salmonella is a major zoonotic foodborne pathogen causing gastric illness worldwide. Egg or egg product related Salmonella poisoning is a major concern for the egg industry. Salmonella Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) is the most frequently reported serovar in egg related food poisoning outbreaks in Australia

Nutrient loading on free-range layer farming

A considerable proportion of the dietary nutrients consumed by poultry are excreted in the manure. This becomes an important issue on free-range farms, if...

Potential wooden breast syndrome causes in broilers

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del., in which researchers...

Windrowing properly done

Windrowing litter between flocks has been used commercially since the 1980’s and continues to evolve to meet numerous production challenges. The goal is to...

Understanding poultry lighting

A short guide to poultry lighting for layer farmers

Microbiota studies in poultry

The microbial populations that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of birds play an important role in the establishment and maintenance of a healthy gut....

Poultry welfare, health and efficiency in production

Is there any place for animal welfare in a world concerned with providing enough food for humans, mitigating climate change and trying to preserve biodiversity? This is the key question the poultry industry needs to face in the next years.

A brief review of drivers for change in the poultry free-range housing

Free-range layer housing has grown quickly in the past 10 years. A review was undertaken to identify some of the key drivers for change in the free-range poultry industry. The drivers identified were food safety, biosecurity, bird health, retailer and consumer demand, global influences and sustainability.

A practical interpretation of physiological zero in hatchery management

On the farm, the eggs cool down after laying and are either transported on the same day or stored for a few days before...

Water, Energy and Feed: The Trifecta for a sustainable production

To meet the needs of an additional three billion people over the next 35 years and to prevent further escalation of global poverty, agricultural production must double during this time. In meeting the increased demand for food, the interdependence between water, food and energy will become more evident and highlight resource insecurities.

Fatty acid composition of breast and thigh meat from light and heavy broilers

Determining the effects of broiler slaughter weight on fatty acid content might be beneficial to practical applications to produce broiler meat with the quality requested by consumers.

Poultry welfare and performance of laying hens in alternative housing systems

The transition from conventional cages to furnished cages and non-cage systems in the European Union has resulted in increased space per bird and access to nests, perches and litter.

The 52nd Franchise Distributors Meeting of the Lohmann Tierzucht

Lohmann Tierzucht have their headquarters in Cuxhaven, Germany and are one of the most important worldwide specialists in the field of layer breeding. A LTZ pedigree breeding centre is situated in York, Ontario, Canada. And the 52nd Franchise Distributors Meeting of the Lohmann Tierzucht was held in Niagara Falls, Canada, for showing this important pedigree breeding centre.

The relationship between feed particle size, gizzard development and broiler performance

Anatomy of the stomach The stomach of the chicken consists of two chambers, the proventriculus or glandular stomach and the gizzard or muscular stomach. The...

An innovation for managing broiler breeder pullets: precision feeding

Precision feeding is about providing the right amount of feed to the right bird at the right time. The precision broiler breeder feeding system developed at the University of Alberta is a sequential feeding system that considers whether one bird at a time qualifies for feed.

SPIDES, short periods of incubation during egg storage

Why SPIDES is so important in incubation? If hatching eggs are stored for more than a week before being set in an incubator their...

Gut health management: breaking paradigms

Recent research on bacteria-host interactions has provided new insights into the role of intestinal bacteria in several physiological processes, which vary from epithelial barrier development to immune properties. Gut health management in poultry and turkey farms implies feeding the good microbiota as a vital component.

Pathogenesis and control of viruses that adversely affect avian gut health

Virus-induced enteric infections occur in birds of all age groups causing severe damage to poultry farmers.

Improving energy costs and air quality in poultry farms

Efficient heating allows farmers to bring more fresh air into the barn and maintain a better air quality with lower ammonia and moisture levels, which will greatly benefit birds’ health and food quality.

Chick quality monitoring and diagnostics

Evaluation of chick quality in the hatchery and mortality in the field can be used to identify general problem areas: the incubator, the hatcher, or the environment after hatch.

The impact of raised incubation temperature on hatch, chick quality and broiler performance

Two experiments were conducted at the Aviagen product development center in the USA to study the effect of increased eggshell temperature during mid to late incubation on hatchability and chick quality

Dermanyssus gallinae, a wider concern for poultry production

Dermanyssus gallinae represents a major concern for the poultry farmers and all working in poultry houses.

Understanding poultry lighting – Different light sources

The value of regulating the photoperiod of poultry and livestock to stimulate reproduction has been recognized for many years and is used regularly by...

Dissecting light turkey syndrome

The term ”Light Turkey Syndrome”(LTS) has been used to describe poor performing flocks relative to poor weight at market age also characterized by appearance in the turkey flocks of a subpopulation of birds that are stunted in body weight.

Avian Reovirus associated with Viral Arthritis/Tenosynovitis

Turkey viral arthritis/tenosynovitis resembled viral arthritis in chickens and also had kind of reovirus aetiology.

Genetic approaches to reducing heat susceptibility in meat broilers

With the limited availability and rising cost of energy, and the increasing tendency to minimize the total amount of resources used for human food production, artificial cooling of broiler houses is also becoming an economical and political burden in developed countries. Breeding heat-tolerant broilers may offer a sustainable approach to mitigate the negative effects of heat on broiler production.

ProHealth, new solutions for animal health and production sustainability

The ProHealth project is focused on understanding the multi-factorial dimension of animal pathologies linked to production and use this to develop, evaluate and disseminate effective control strategies to reduce impact.

Feed borne mycotoxins: the threat to poultry?

Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by molds (fungi) that can infest crops pre-harvest and can continue to flourish under sub-optimal storage conditions. Grains with high...

Dekalb White hens to be first occupants of innovative layer house

Environmentally friendly farm with lots of innovations Four Dutch entrepreneurs are set to build an innovative new layer house in the south region of The...

Necrotic Enteritis, wet litter and odour: their interrelationship

Necrotic enteritis (NE) affected flocks have poor enteric health and nutrient digestibility leading to decreased performance and increased excretion of nutrients. Evidence suggests that...

Infectious Bursal Disease Virus (IBDV) alters host genomic methylation patterns: implications for viral release...

Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD) is an affliction of poultry production worldwide with mortality in an infected flock ranging to as much as 60% depending on age at infection and virulence of the causative pathogenic agent, Infectious Bursal Disease virus (IBDV).

Phytase influences the inherently different starch digestive dynamics of wheat- and maize- based broiler...

Evaluating the inclusion of exogenous phytase in broiler diets based on wheat and maize to identify whether phytase has an effect on starch digestive dynamics.

A better understanding of the bacterial populations in the lower gastrointestinal tract can help...

There are a number of things to evaluate when developing a non AGP program. In the poultry industry, we need to move toward a better understanding of the bacterial populations in the lower gastrointestinal tract to further develop poultry feeding programs to reduce the loss in production without the use of an AGP.

Taking portioning to a new era, Marel I-Cut 122 dual-lane high-speed portion cutter for...

I-Cut 122 Portion Cutter by Marel combines the highest levels of accuracy, throughput and reliability with new, innovative software. The dual-lane I-Cut 122 has...

New applications such as superdosing of phytase to maximize phytate destruction to improve performance...

It is well documented that phytase supplementation in broiler diets improves P and Ca utilization through the destruction of phytate (IP6) and thereby allows...

The role of genetics in breeder selection

Geneticists making selection decisions actively pursue those birds that are genetically superior for key traits that influence their welfare.

Optimizing water quality for organic bird production

Taking water quality seriously could pay dividends with healthier birds, better feed conversions and reduced production costs.

Designing a hatchery’s electrical system

Latest advice to install a hatchery’s electrical system: a key point to optimising incubation and other related processes.

How to house happy birds by Vencomatic Group

Happy birds produce best. Aviary systems were invented to provide laying hens with maximum freedom, while using floor space efficiently. Aviaries consist of multiple...

Free-range broilers behavioural time budgets: inside and outside of the shed

The demand for free-range chicken meat is increasing. Free-range products are usually perceived as more welfare friendly by consumers and particularly fulfil the belief that the ability to perform natural behaviour leads to better welfare.

Protocol to solve incubation problems

How to solve problems and difficulties you may encounter in a hatcher. Here are some Pas Reform’s hints and a Protocol for a good hatchery management.

STEPS for the prevention of cross-contamination in the hatchery

How to properly prevent cross-contamination in the hatchery. Here some easy steps to achieve a better biosecurity in your hatchery.

Controlling litter moisture during cold weather

What does it take to control litter moisture during cold weather? Quite simply it requires three things: fresh air, heat, and air movement. Fresh...

Practical applications of nutrigenomics in poultry nutrition

Novel molecular techniques such as microarray technologies have spurred the development of the field of nutrigenomics. Using microarrays to evaluate gene responses allows us...

Housing systems in laying hen husbandry- First part

A status report This analysis is an abridged version of a report which the author prepared for the International Egg Commission (IEC) in London, UK. In...

Housing systems in laying hen husbandry- Second Part

A status report This analysis is an abridged version of a report which the Author prepared for the International Egg Commission (IEC) in London, UK. In...

Poultry litter pasteurisation

Heaping of used poultry litter reliably induces significant elevations in temperature due to the actions of variety of aerobic bacteria and fungi. Temperatures typically...

A new double choice model developed in laying hens reveals high preference for L-Alanine

It has been well established that nutrient deficiencies or imbalances increase the risk of feather pecking in layer hens (Kjaer and Bessei, 2013). Marginal...

Feather pecking in layers – state of research and implications

Feather pecking and cannibalism are considered the most important problems in egg producing flocks. Despite extensive research during the last five decades the causes of these damaging behaviours have not been identified and the problem still persist.

Taking NIR beyond feedstuff analysis to enhance turkey production profitability

Turkey production, as with all animal production, has been facing substantial economic challenges in recent years. Poor crop yields, higher competition for raw materials and increased pressure on the food supply chain have resulted in more variability in feed prices and an increased presence of more industrial by-products in feed formulations.

New technologies in housing, equipment and computer controls

The poultry housing and equipment industry continues to develop, introducing new technologies in line with trends in modern communications and ventilation systems. As expected...

Addressing oxidative rancidity in turkey meat: an update

The mechanism to explain why vitamin E deposits poorly into turkey muscle is not clearly understood. Research to better understand the mechanism of poor vitamin E accumulation in turkey muscle may lead to strategies to better incorporate vitamin E into muscle, thereby decreasing lipid oxidation during storage.

The effect of microbial challenge on the intestinal proteome of broilers

In broiler production intestinal health and function is paramount to achieving efficient feed utilisation and growth. Uncovering the localised molecular mechanisms that occur during the...

Immunogenic ingredients in poultry

Among the various immunogenic ingredients, β-mannanase can improve live performance and uniformity in broilers.

Flexible Feed Formulation with GALLIPRO

Facing challenging goals The goal of the poultry industry is to provide consumers with safe food, while promoting poultry health and welfare, in addition to carefully...

Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that affects warm-blooded animals and is able to cross-contaminate...

Humans are susceptible to this parasite in a variety of ways: congenital defects, blood-to-blood contact, undercooked meats of infected animals, and contaminated water. In...

Importance of hatch-time and access to feed on broiler muscle development

In commercial settings, hatching occurs over a 24-48 h window and chicks are held in the incubator until a majority have cleared the shell....

Testing day-old poults

When poults are received at a farm from the hatchery they should be good quality poults; namely, free from physical defects, actively looking for...

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