What we do and don’t know related to cage free egg production research

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During the early 2000s the pressure was on the U.S. egg industry to increase cage space and to transition from conventional cage systems to...

Turkey dermatitis/cellulitis: where are we headed?

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Clostridium septicum is a ubiquitous, spore-forming bacterium associated with spontaneous gas gangrene in both livestock and humans. The spores can persist in harsh environments,...

Carcass picking: removing the feathers and protecting the quality

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The poultry feathers are non-edible and need to be thoroughly removed during processing. The defeathering consists of moving the carcasses along the picking line...

Estimated total cereal production in the EU-27 for the 2022 harvest

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Experts from the Copa and Cogeca working groups on cereal and oilseed gathered in Brussels, with an estimated total cereal production of 277 million...

Use of comparative genomics to identify vaccine candidates for Campylobacter Jejuni

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Interventions to control and reduce the incidence of Campylobacter jejuni colonization in poultry is important in order to reduce the burden of foodborne illness in humans....

Navigating an antibiotic-free and reduced antibiotic use poultry industry

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Antibiotics are a type of antimicrobial medication used to treat infections caused by bacteria. In the 1930s, a sulfonamide was the first commercially available...

Using accelerometers and artificial intelligence to predict presence of woody breast

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The broiler industry has been challenged with a condition referred to as "woody breast" for the past 8-10 years, which can affect a significant...

The role of early experience on the behavior of hens housed in cage-free aviaries

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Understanding the consequences of rearing experiences on the behavior and bone integrity of laying hens can help inform solutions to animal welfare and management...

Influence of age on the standardised ileal amino acid digestibility of maize and barley...

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Grains are the major energy sources in broilers. However, they also supply about 40% of the total dietary protein and contribute significantly to the...

Apparent metabolisable energy of common cereal grains for broiler chickens is influenced by bird...

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The current study was conducted to investigate the influence of broiler age on the apparent metabolisable energy (AME) and nitrogen-corrected AME (AMEn) of four...

LIFE CHIMERA: the revaluation of chicken manure used “as is” to produce quality fertilizer...

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A new circular economy model for the poultry market thanks to an innovative technology based on two patents for the transition to smart agriculture. Rosalino...

Managing feed withdrawal with food safety and carcass yield in mind

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The feed withdrawal program aims at minimizing the occurrence of fecal contamination at plant, thus shielding the products’ safety. It happens that while off...

Understanding and managing water for successful flocks

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Water is the single greatest input into the production of poultry products such as eggs and meat. The fact water is a relatively inexpensive...

Effect of multi-xylanase system on growth performance and gut health in broilers

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Non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), particularly arabinoxylans (AX), with complex biochemical structures are one of the main causative factors for impaired growth performance and poor gut...

Feed physical quality

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The effect of feed form is well established, however, feed physical quality is often seen as an issue in the field (see Figure 1)....

The effect of monochromatic photo-stimulation on growth and reproduction of broiler birds

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Broilers in-ovo or with post hatch photo-stimulation with green light (GL) were heavier from dark incubated birds. Furthermore, we defined the cellular and molecular...

Researchers investigate the cause and prevention of False Layer Syndrome

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announced the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in which researchers investigated the cause and prevention...

How Marek’s disease may directly affect the chicken immune system

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Marek’s disease virus (MDV) causes disease in chickens and is estimated to cost the global poultry industry up to US $2 billion each year. In...

The future of brooding

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It is essential that newly hatched poults are provided with the best possible starting conditions in brooding. This is a fundamental first step to...

Protein digestive dynamics influence growth performance of broiler chickens

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Three apical diets were formulated to stimulate different protein digestion rates dependent on the major constituents: standard (soybean meal), rapid (whey protein) and very...

Managing eggs and chicks from young breeders

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First week mortality is often higher in chicks from very young breeders (25-30 weeks) than in chicks from older breeders. What causes these chicks...

The economic importance of the abdominal fat pad

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In an integrated chicken meat producing company, the processing plant is the only revenue-generating area, whose worth-making capability depends strongly on the performance of...

AAT’s CHEGGY as a tool for in ovo sex determination of layer chicken embryos

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A largescale field study Germany has as first European country stopped by law culling of male day-old chicks from 1st January 2022 onwards. In February 2022,...

Effects of beta glucans in poultry health and nutrition

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Immune modulators such as beta glucans have today a major role in poultry production. The poultry production industry has seen astonishing improvements over the past...

Management and stockmanship – Essential to sustainable poultry production

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Experts agree that the way in which animals and poultry are managed can affect 70 to 90% of their health, welfare and productivity. Poultry producers,...

Nutritional modulation of broiler intestine in the starter period and intestinal integrity

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Gut health which is characterized by intestinal integrity, intestinal microflora, mucin and enterocyte functionality, may be of greatest concern among poultry producers because it...

Obtaining the most benefit from an anticoccidial sensitivity test

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The poultry industry has been using the same anticoccidial drugs for the prevention of coccidiosis for several decades. The last approval of a new...

A Box-Behnken assessment of fishmeal and sorghum inclusions in broiler diets

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The objective of this study was to investigate the impacts of starch and protein digestive dynamics on broiler growth performance using Box-Behnken response surface...

The importance of broilers’ uniformity

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The interaction between the live production department and the processing plant across the global poultry industry is governed by an internal supplier-client relationship. Hence,...

Salmonella Reading in commercial turkeys. Why now and how?

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Salmonella sp. is one of the most common bacteria associated with foodborne illness in humans. Each year in the United States, foodborne salmonellosis causes...

Researchers evaluate euthanasia methods for large poultry

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation reported the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in which researchers evaluated four...

General overview and installation of light traps in broiler breeder rearing

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Designing a ventilation system for a dark out tunnel ventilated rearing house can be challenging. There are many different models and designs of light...

Monitoring the turkey incubation process to ensure the best results

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Incubating turkey eggs is often considered to be more challenging than incubating broiler eggs, yet, in essence, the basic principle of success is the...

Formulating layer diets beyond the least-cost model

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Due to the high cost of feed for poultry, there is continuous pressure to formulate ‘least-cost’ diets that meet nutritional requirements. However, the main...

Managing heat and minimum ventilation systems in the broiler house

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When outside temperatures drop and gas prices rise, maintaining the desired inside broiler house air temperature and ventilating to meet air quality needs can...

Identification of broiler poultry house dust components using chemical and physical analysis

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Dust found in poultry housing is a complex substance most likely comprised of a mixture of excreta, feather, feed and bedding material. M. Ahaduzzaman, L....

FAO published a report on animal nutrition strategies

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FAO’s publication helps producers use nutrition strategies to reduce the use of antibiotics in their farms. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasing threat to...

Management of precise broiler production in farm level and technology usage

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Farming broilers today has some very real challenges, namely birds are reaching their kill weights quicker, the profits from farming chicken are under pressure,...

Methionine supplementation reduces plasma amino acid circulation and enhanced apparent digestibility in broiler chickens

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of methionine supplementation on amino acid concentration in systemic plasma, apparent amino acid digestibilities...

Balancing beetles with the bottom line

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Darkling beetles, commonly referred to as litter beetles, are a widely encountered pest for those in the broiler production industry. Litter beetles are holometabolous...

Flip-overs: causes and solutions in brooding

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The poult start is an extension of the hatching process. The whole process, including poult placement, is only as strong as its weakest link. William...

How to minimize litter caking issues at the beginning of a flock

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A specified minimum ventilation rate based on age of flock in weeks suggests that the amount of moisture needing to be removed from a...

Optimizing immunization through proper vaccination in turkeys

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When we talk about optimizing immunization through proper vaccination in commercial turkeys, we are really talking about optimizing drinking water vaccination when we think...

Probiotic Bacillus licheniformis significantly improves layer performance

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Adding probiotic Bacillus licheniformis DSM 28710 to layer diets was shown to improve layer performance, both in commercial as well as in research conditions....

Pulsed ultraviolet light processing of eggs

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In recent years, pulsed ultraviolet light has been shown to reduce microbial pathogens on the surface of shell eggs, crucial for maintaining good chick...

Developing and implementing Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs)

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As part of the modernization programs at USDA, FSIS is amending the egg products inspection regulations and is now requiring plants that produce egg...

Gut health in poultry production: why, what and how

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Gut health has become a dominant topic in the global poultry industry. But why did the topic emerge to become so important to the...

A novel microbiome metabolic modulator improved growth performance and intestinal morphology during a coccidiosis...

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The present study was designed to investigate the effects of a precision glycan Microbiome Metabolic Modulator (MMM) on growth performance and gut health parameters...

Flip-overs: causes and solutions in brooding

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The poult start is an extension of the hatching process. The whole process, including poult placement, is only as strong as its weakest link. William...

A dose response of a heat stable phytase on broiler performance and nutrient digestibility

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Phytases have been heavily researched for decades and been used commercially since the early 1990s. Phytase from microbial origin is therefore added to monogastric...

Roxell launches Siroc Sterling™ space heater for tall poultry houses

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Roxell, the leading manufacturer of automated feeding, drinking, nesting and heating systems, is expanding its range of convection heaters for poultry houses with the...

Avicola Yugoslavia broiler hatchery is first in Peru to adopt SmartPro™

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Avicola Yugoslavia, based in Trujillo, Peru, is the first broiler hatchery in Peru to work with SmartPro™ incubation solutions from Royal Pas Reform –...

Lubing presents the new Intermediate drive 2.0 for its egg conveyor systems

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Lubing starts its 2022 with a novelty: the new intermediate drive, which was completely redesigned and makes the use of egg conveyors even smoother...

Profiling Salmonella serotypes through broiler processing

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in which researchers profiled Salmonella serotypes through broiler processing. The...

Pre-harvest interventions and implications of safety for turkey processing

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Increasing consumer attention toward low fat, high protein diets, and demand for healthy foods has led to a significant increase in the production and...

Use of commercial premixes with low levels of organic trace minerals on egg production...

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Common industry practice is to supply trace minerals well above published recommendations. An experiment was conducted to examine the effects of two commercial premixes...

Sustainable chicken meat production is enhanced by tangibly reduced crude protein diets

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The environmental impact of soyabean meal is estimated to be approximately three times that of grain and successful implementation of reduced crude protein diets...

Growth begins in the gut

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In the race to replace antibiotics on Canadian poultry farms, some producers have successfully adopted yeast-based prebiotic supplements. But there’s more potential to enhance...

Brooding

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Getting chicks off to a good start is very important to overall flock performance. At no time does a bird grow faster than during...

VAL-CO, clean and dry feed from delivery to consumption

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A VAL-CO feed storage and transport system is designed to keep feed clean and dry from delivery to consumption. Store your feed in our...

Six questions about high-volume chicken fillet portioning

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Modern technology and software bring an infinite number of cutting options. The huge volumes of chicken fillet needed to satisfy global demand go way beyond...

LED lights in turkey farms

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With the rise of the energy efficient light emitting diode – LED – bulbs in today’s market, there is an opportunity to refine...

The impact of anthelmintic resistance in parasites of poultry

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announced the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in which researchers...

Bacterial bile salt hydrolase for a good microbiota

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However, limiting antibiotics use could compromise animal production efficiency and health. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop effective alternatives to antibiotic growth...

Cochlosoma anatis in turkeys

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A funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. evaluated the pathogenicity of Cochlosoma anatis. The research was made possible in...

Investigating the reasons behind a poor hatch in the hatchery

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Hatchery – like most other production facilities – bases its operations on planning. The results of future hatches can be estimated quite precisely. Knowing...

Nutritional economics for commercial turkey operations

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Feed is the single biggest cost to a turkey operation, 60% to 70% of the cost of production is related to feed, with energy...

Breeding strategies explained

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Different opinions exist when it is about breeding and selecting chicken breeds for egg production. Our strategy has always been to select for the...

Using a multi-protease enzyme in poultry diets to improve broilers performance

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The present study investigates the effect of protease on the productivity of broilers under reduced crude protein (CP) and amino acid (AA) diet conditions....

Biosecurity: cleaning and disinfection

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The first step of any disease prevention program starts with a comprehensive plan for cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning poultry breeder houses  The first step of any...

Back to basics: we need to concentrate on basic management skills

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As we move to using less antibiotics in the production of poultry, many alternative products have been developed. While some are affective in specific...

Fatty acids in ABF poultry production: a nutritionist’s perspective

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The beneficial role of short-chain fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids on gut health and reducing pathogen colonization has been well documented over...

Comparative sustainability of differing dietary amino acids and energy regimes for individual laying hens...

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Poultry production has been identified as an efficient source of terrestrial, farmed animal protein. However, in tandem with all food production, sustainability into the...

Layer nutrition associated with different production systems

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The egg industry continues to grow; in the past this was in cage production, but today’s growth is focused on alternative production systems such...

Biodiversity – breeding choice for the markets of today and tomorrow

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In this article, Aviagen® Ltd R & D Manager Brendan Duggan discusses the second of Aviagen’s Top 5 Commitments, Biodiversity, and how this commitment...

Perches: environmental enrichment or mechanical challenge?

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The study compared the impact of wire ramps and perches on meat chicken mobility and the incidence of detached femoral caps (DFC), which can...

Water quality guidelines for turkeys

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Turkeys typically consume twice as much water as feed, so it is important to provide a clean, healthy water supply. Water not only serves...

The European Poultry Meat Sector commits to develop a Sustainability Charter

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During the General Assembly of AVEC – The European Poultry Meat Association – members committed to develop a Sustainability Charter which will be published...

Enumeration of Ascaridia Galli eggs in chicken excreta

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Excreta counting techniques in eggs can provide valuable information for assessing flock infection levels, selecting nematode resistant chicken breeds and for determining anthelmintic efficacy.  Although...

Testing the fertility is important to predict hatching success

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Measuring the level of fertility of any batch of eggs is a key factor in hatcheries. Fertility testing may be necessary in order to...

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