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...

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.

Managing CO2 in the setter

CO2 – the by-product of embryo metabolism - is commonly monitored and measured in hatcheries to provide profiles for adjusting ventilation during incubation.

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 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...

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...

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...

The Omics Revolution – Implications for Animal Production

What does Omics mean? Omics is a term that refers to the recently developed high throughput technologies that include genomics, functional genomics (transcriptomics), proteomics, and...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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...

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

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...

Live monovalent vaccine aids in fight against Georgia strains of IBV

New live monovalent vaccine is available from Ceva Animal Health to aid in the fight against the Georgia (GA) strains of infectious bronchitis virus...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Fear in turkeys, implications for productivity and wellbeing

From an evolutionary standpoint, fear is an adaptive response that promotes survival by enabling animals to avoid injury and death. Because of the important impact that fear has on animal well-being, fear has formed the basis of many scientific studies and is included as part of welfare assessment programs such as the Welfare Quality Assessment Protocol for poultry.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

High levels of cottonseed meal supplemented with composite microbial enzymes

Effects of cottonseed meal supplemented with composite microbial enzymes on broiler chickens  Soybean meal (SBM) is the premier plant protein source used by the poultry...

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...

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

Avian Reovirus associated with Viral Arthritis/Tenosynovitis

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

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...

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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

Selection for persistency and profitability in layers

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Preisinger, Chief Technical Officer at the EW Group, held a presentation on the selection of Lohmann’s layer lines for the traits...

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...

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...

“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

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Breeding for robustness in turkeys

Turkey breeders have invested in selection methodologies to ensure the commercial cross is capable of delivering outstanding performance with good welfare under a variety...

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...

Characterizing litter mite communities – Applications of DNA barcoding for management strategies

The use of DNA barcoding can facilitate rapid biodiversity assessments of fastidious taxa - litter mite communities - by delineating species using molecular operational...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

Rendering: an important aspect of sustainability

At the International Rendering Symposium, held in conjunction with the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, Ga, it was stressed how rendering is an important aspect of sustainability. Animal agriculture in general is more sustainable with rendering processes.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

Influence of feed form and particle size on the performance and nutrient utilisation of...

The present experiment was designed to examine the influence of feed form and particle size in maize-based diets on the performance and nutrient utilisation...

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.

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...

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.

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....

Quick molt diets and programs

Induced molting is a process conducted by many commercial egg producers to extend the productive life of the laying hen. The main objective of...

Poultry litter quality: investigating the interrelationship between litter moisture content, pH, water activity and...

Wet litter is a recognized issue in commercial poultry production and litter quality has come under great scrutiny with the introduction of farming scheme...

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...

Dermanyssus gallinae, a wider concern for poultry production

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

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.

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