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.

Re-Stored turkey eggs outperform untreated eggs stored for 8 to 15 days by 7%

By using heat treatment during storage up to 14 days, as part of your standard hatchery practice, it is possible to gain up to...

Performance benefits of probiotic and protease in broilers subject to Eimeria challenge

Consumer pressure and government regulations are driving US poultry industry to remove antibiotic growth promoter (AGP) from poultry production. Nutrition program including feed additives...

Dietary non-phytate phosphorus levels for laying hens in the last phase of lay

The phosphorus (P) requirement of laying hens is an area of on-going debate and it is a factor that contributes to hen performance and...

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.

Antibiotic-Free turkey production

The production of turkeys without the use of antibiotics is an increasingly common goal across the globe due to the focus on antimicrobial resistance....

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...

Dermanyssus gallinae, a wider concern for poultry production

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

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...

Aviagen slower-growing breeds get seal of approval from key European welfare schemes

Europe is experiencing an increase in demand for slower-growing poultry breeds. The momentum of this poultry market sector is likely to follow on an...

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...

Laying hen nutrition for optimizing egg production and quality

Hen nutrition is important; during the initial period of pullet rearing (<45 days of age), small particle size obtained by grinding of main cereals...

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...

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...

Housing systems in laying hen husbandry- First part

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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.

Understanding poultry lighting

A short guide to poultry lighting for layer farmers

Hatchery waste management

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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,...

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...

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,...

Latest innovations and future advances in genetics at Lohmann Tierzucht

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Better than alternatives to antibiotics

Many poultry flocks require antibiotic treatment, if not every cycle, regularly. Antibiotic alternatives are in great demand, especially in the context of dysbiosis and...

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...

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...

Generalists and specialists: a new view of how class I molecules fight disease

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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...

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.

Novel Approach Improves Poultry Welfare by Reducing Stress on Chickens

MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health within the United States and Canada) recently announced the launch of EXZOLT® (fluralaner), the first systemic...

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...

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...

BBSRC launch the Agriculture and Food Security Strategic Framework

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

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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).

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Animal digestive health is key to obtain optimal performance. Antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) have long been shown to be very effective to develop and...

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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.

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.

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...

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,...

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

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...

The effects of in-ovo feeding

The embryonic and immediate post hatch developmental period represents a significant phase in attaining quality broiler performance at marketing. An efficient transition period from...

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.

Modification of the chicken intestinal epithelial physical barrier in poultry by dietary factors

The intestinal epithelial physical barrier is the most critical element of maintaining an intact intestinal barrier and made up of a layer of columnar...

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...

On-farm control of campylobacter

Campylobacteriosis, primarily caused by the consumption of contaminated chicken products, accounts for the majority of food poisoning cases in Europe and many other developed...

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.

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...

Measurement of energy utilization in chickens

Although corn prices have dropped from historic highs in the past years, energy continues to be one of the driving costs in poultry feeding....

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...

Measurement of true ileal calcium digestibility of meat and bone meal for broiler chickens

Currently, there is a move towards the use of digestible phosphorus (P) in diet formulations for poultry due to P excretion into the environment...
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...

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...

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.

Immunogenic ingredients in poultry

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

The Salmonella initiative

An enduring challenge and reputational issue for the egg industry is caused by the presence of Salmonella enterica serovars (particularly some Typhimurium serotypes), which...

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 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.

Comparison of wheat and maize-based diets on growth performance and meat quality of broiler...

Maize and wheat are a major source of energy in broiler diets. Generally, wheat-based diets are offered to broiler chickens in Europe, Australia and...

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...

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...

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.

2017 Poultry Processor Workshop

“Clean labels are a macro trend. There are a couple of micro trends that fall under the umbrella of clean eating. One current and...

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...

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.

Monitoring of IBV circulation and prevalence

Infectious bronchitis (IB) is one of the most common viral diseases in chicken production worldwide and IB virus (IBV) is considered the most contagious...

Optimal fat utilisation by Intra Liposol at broilers

It is difficult - especially for young animals - to optimally digest the range of fats and oils in the diet. This leads to...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Effects of dietary tryptophan and stocking density on the performance, meat quality, and metabolic...

Investigating the effect of TRP supplementation on performance, breast meat quality, and the oxidative stress status of broilers reared in cages under high stocking density.

In vivo digestion of GM proteins in laying hens

Despite all of the positive effects of modern technologies to improve corn and soybean yields, the consumer often has a different perception of the...

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...

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...

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...

Meyn quality slaughtering

Meyn is the reliable and committed partner of renowned poultry processing companies in over 90 countries worldwide, with people having the right professional skills...

Using more bioavailable sources of trace minerals pays off

A study of broiler breeder performance was conducted using three separate minerals programmes. The objective was to determine if productivity could be maintained at...

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.

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