Enhancing biosecurity using flow analysis and Danish entry concepts

The term Danish entry is commonly used to describe entryways to livestock buildings that help people enter barns in a relatively bio secure way...

Challenges in longer laying cycle. Stabilizing egg quality

In the past 50 years, selection, initially at the breed level and then using quantitative genetics coupled with a sophisticated breeding pyramid, has resulted...

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.

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.

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...

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

In the first part of this article, there are described the different day-old chick quantitative traits: they are namely the chick weight, the chick yield, chick length and feather length. There are, however, methods that can help to measure the qualitative traits as objectively as possible, i.e. by reducing the individual subjectivity to a minimum.

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).

Latest innovations and future advances in genetics at Lohmann Tierzucht

The 53rd Lohmann Tierzucht Franchise Distributor provided an opportunity to review the latest innovations in genetics and genomics. Prof. Dr. Rudolf outlined the main points of the company strategy in breeding.

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...

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...

Monitoring and prevention to control poultry red mite – dermanyssus gallinae – in organic...

Dermanyssus gallinae is highly relevant with respect to both animal welfare and economics in laying hen housing. Here a study on monitoring and prevention of poultry red mite in organic layer farms is aimed at solving this poultry issue.

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...

Immediate post-hatch nutritional restriction.

The effect on broiler muscle development and occurence of intramuscular fat. Neonatal nutrition and immediate post hatch nutritional restriction represent an important facet of broiler...

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.

Jansen Poultry Equipment: the perfect solution for cage-free egg production

Consumers demand for cage-free egg production is growing worldwide. Europe already adopted cage free egg production systems and it seems that the US is following rapidly starting with Oregon, Washington. Also in New Zealand and Australia animal welfare is a main topic of discussion.

Broilers perform better with intermittent lighting programs

Roles of certain parts of the digestive tract of chickens seems to have been lost with the evolution of time and commercial practices. Gizzards...

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.

Turkey hatcheries – The past 25 years and the future of single-stage

A quick time travel back to a turkey hatchery in 1992 might show you a frazzled hatchery manager frantically trying to get eggs trayed,...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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.

ERPA, the European rural poultry association to defend rural poultry producers

Rural poultry production is important in volume and has a large social role; it was therefore essential to have a specific organization to represent...

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,...

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.

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.

Turkey breeding – Where from, Where to? – Domestication of animals was a major...

All species of today’s domestic plants and animals followed an analogous pattern of multi-generational change influenced by humans. The modern populations of turkeys followed...

Field experience on the use of probiotics in chickens and turkeys

Probiotics have been used for several years in an attempt to improve intestinal health. Recently, microbial products have been extensively studied as supportive treatments...

Raising Broilers Antibiotic-Free

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Optimizing water quality for organic bird production

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

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.

Understanding poultry lighting

A short guide to poultry lighting for layer farmers

The effect of on-range insect feeding on range usage of free range laying hens

In Australia, on-range feeding of free-range laying hens can be frequently observed and is especially common in mobile sheds. While the biosecurity risk of...

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 relationship between feed particle size, gizzard development and broiler performance

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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...

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.
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...

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

Energy-efficiency in pre-conditioning inlet air for setters and hatchers

Hatcheries are found in a variety of climates, from the hot, humid tropics of South East Asia to hot, arid zones in the Middle...

On free amino acids: their role in starch and protein digestive dynamics

The quantity of glucose and amino acids absorbed from the small intestine is a function of dietary concentrations, feed intakes and digestibility coefficients. Moreover,...

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...

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.

Phosphorus: how low can we go in broiler diets?

Phosphorus (P) is essential for all forms of life. Dietary P content either in excess of, or below requirements may adversely affect broiler performance....

Feed Conversion Ratio optimized for farmer profit

The farmers’ cost for animal feed is one of the main expenditures consisting of 60-70% of the overall producer costs. These producer costs are...

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.

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.

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...

Healthy water, healthy birds

Dr. Susan Watkins, Samantha Cox and Pramir Maharjan Center of Excellence for Poultry Science Division of Agriculture University of Arkansas Since birds consume as much water...

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.

Separating welfare facts from fiction

It has become a confusing market for customers to decipher which technologies offer the best welfare-friendly solutions for their animals. How do you separate...

A practical approach to broiler breeder management in the absence of beak treatment –...

In the absence of beak treatment adhering to proven and agreed best practice management practices is key. The roles of good stockmanship and promoting...

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...

Sual identification of potential feather pecking using plumage cover metrics and feather con-sumption in...

Feather pecking behaviour is common in floor-housed laying hens a behavior, which is positively associated with developing feather pecking habits. It has been suggested...

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...

Scientifically validated results to raise poultry production profitability

The Poultry Science Association 2017 Annual Meeting took place in Orlando, Florida on July 17-20. Being the most prestigious scientific event for poultry in...

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.

Impact of investment in Hendrix Genetics’ breeding and testing program

With the upcoming release of the new performance standards for Hendrix Genetics’ laying hens, it is important to examine factors contributing to the genetic...

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...

Limiting embryonic overheating during incubation

Embryonic overheating can represent an issue for incubators. For many things in life, a change in temperature of +0.5°C is hardly noticeable. However, for...

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.

Hatchability of eggs placed with small end up

What happens when the eggs are placed with the air cell down? This report examines the hatchability of eggs placed with small end up.

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.

Light intensity measurement – Led lights

Light intensity can be measured in three ways: luminous intensity, luminous flux and luminous power. Led Lights are here analyzed. Luminous flux is the total...

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

Hatcheries data collection and analysis

Hatcheries collect large quantities of data to monitor performance and to make sure equipment are operating within set operating limits. These data are a...

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.

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...

Global Phosphorus Scarcity

Phosphorus scarcity is a serious threat to food security. Recent studies indicate that phosphorus demand could outstrip finite supplies of high quality phosphatesometime between 2025-2084 if no fundamental changes are made to the current trajectory.

Managing coccidiosis in birds raised without antibiotics

For poultry producers to make a profit they must have healthy, uniform sized birds, make sure there are no real or assumed human health...

The relationship between sperm function and diet – Toms are what they eat

It is well known that cryopreserved semen could be used to regenerate commercial or research poultry lines; however, fertility rates from poultry semen frozen...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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