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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.
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.
The health of turkey breeders is critical to ensure the economic production of high quality fertile hatching eggs to produce poults which can be raised without antibiotics.
Richard Hutchinson has over three decades of experience in the Turkey industry and during this time he significantly increased turkey parent stock sales in Europe and Russia.
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).
The Turkey Science and Production Conference celebrating this year its 10th anniversary was started with a brilliant and provoking presentation by Hybrid Turkeys General Manager, Dave Libertini.
In recent years, a dynamic development of the agro industry in the Republic Mordovia (Autonomous Region in Central Russia) can be observed. The Republic belongs to the leading regions of Russia according to the volumes and assortment of poultry production. We visited the Turkeys of Norov LLC facilities.