Gut health in layers

To some extent gut health has not been a focus of commercial pullet and layer flocks unless the problem contributed to a significant mortality...

The importance of fresh air

Vostermans Ventilation is addressing the need for even distribution of fair and heat in the poultry house, to obtain an optimal uniform microclimate on...

Backyard poultry flocks Salmonella spp. seroprevalence

As backyard poultry grows as a hobby in the United States there is an increased worry that poultry will become infected with Salmonella spp....

Farmers’ perceived importance of biosecurity practices and actual performance on farm

It is prudent in today’s age that farmers uphold high-level compliance of biosecurity practices on Australian commercial chicken farms. This is especially so with...

Holistic view of intestinal health in poultry

The intestinal health of poultry has broad implications for the systemic health of birds, animal welfare, the production efficiency of flocks, food safety, and...

The potential of perinatal nutrition

Based on Darwin’s theory of adaptive evolution and Mendel’s fundamental laws of heritability, breeding and genetic selection for increased growth rate and meat yield...

Investigating diseases affecting poultry production

Severe diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza and velogenic Newcastle disease are still a concern for poultry producers and government agencies alike. Companies...

Breeding for a sustainable industry

As a breeding company, there is a misconception that we only select for traits that have a clear, direct economic impact: selection for increased...

Understanding resistance to different Infectious Bronchitis virus genotypes

In previous experiments, we have challenged major histocompatibility complex (MHC) congenic chicken lines available at UC Davis with an infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) M41...

Can xylanase inhibitors affect the efficacy of xylanases in poultry diets?

Xylanase inhibitors are reported to be widely present in cereals, and can influence the assay of supplemental xylanases in feeds.In the present study, a...

What happens during transfer?

Why chicks can’t set and hatch in the same incubator and need transfer.At the point chicks hatch, they create a lot of fluff and...

10 alerting signs of poor ventilation

Proper ventilation is basic in poultry farming as it reduces mortality, stimulates early feed intake, improves flock uniformity, and ensures an adequate temperature regulation. Here...

Training the animal microbiome to degrade fibre with NSPase

A new perspective on the mode of action of fibre-degrading enzymes NSPase.Increased understanding of NSPase mode of action is presenting a new perspective on...

Impact of layer alternative systems on management and production costs

The use of alternative systems in layer farming has increased in the commercial egg industry due to pressure arising from consumers concerns about hen...

Salmonella control in broiler breeders

Today, our goal is to control and eliminate all Salmonella species and pathogens from the breeding program. The ability of the primary breeder to...

Improvement of chilling efficiency and product quality of broiler carcasses using sub-zero saline solutions

Carcass chilling in subzero saline solutions has not been studied enough although it can transfer the carcasses temperature to the chilling media in an...

How a single Avian Influenza protein can increase period of infection

New research led by scientists at The Pirbright Institute has shown how an Avian Infuenza a virus protein, called PB1-F2, is able to shut...

Pre-Placement checklist

Pre-placement house preparation should be part of a proper management to ensure future performance of broilers and farm profitability.The following checklist displays the...

Blackhead disease: development of molecular tests and an in vitro assay to identify reservoirs...

This research project developed diagnostic assays needed for advancing the understanding of blackhead disease. The article shows clearly how the disease most likely spreads...

Improving poultry products safety

The research is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.Dr. Hong Zhuang at...

The effects of a multi-enzyme and Bacillus probiotic combinations on calcium and phosphorus digestibility...

450 day-old male Ross 308 chicks were randomly allocated to 3 dietary treatments with 6 replicate pens per treatment and 25 birds per pen....

Engineering vaccines for multiple strains of IBV

In new work funded by a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) researchers at The Pirbright Institute and The Roslin Institute have published...

UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network

Veterinary researchers from around the world came together at this year’s joint UK & International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference on the 9-10 January 2019...

Alternative systems: pros and cons

Alternative production systems of cage-free or range egg production are increasing in number due to outside influences. The outside constituents forcing this growth are...

Mycotoxins in turkeys

Toxin production requires the presence of a mould, a suitable substrate and a suitable environment. If a mould is present, toxin production is influenced...

Research shows nutritional effects of Coccidiosis vaccination

A funded research project on Coccidiosis was completed at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that shows the nutritional effects of coccidiosis vaccination. Project...

Frontiers in human and veterinary antibody discovery

The Pirbright Institute hosted the inaugural Comparative Veterinary Immunology Group (CVIG) meeting Frontiers in Human and Veterinary Antibody discovery on 26 and 27 November,...

Gut health and Coccidiosis

In poultry, gut health is fundamental and the gastrointestinal tract accounts for twenty percent of the energy expenditure of the whole body. This energy...

Biosecurity. Cleaning and disinfection on an organic poultry farm

All who work or visit poultry farms must adhere to the guidance of the farm management when it comes to biosecurity protocols.There are...

Dietary calcium, phytate and non-phytate phosphorus, on IP6 degradation in broilers

The effectiveness of phytase is usually determined under phosphorus or both calcium and phosphorus deficient specifications. Phytase efficacy in terms of increasing available or...

Feeding management of broiler breeders

Modern strains of fast-growing broilers have been selected for fast growth, feed efficiency and high feed intake, and broilers are processed once they achieve...

Antioxidants in broiler breeder diets can affect offspring performance

In a series of experiments, it was shown that antioxidants in broiler breeder diets can affect broiler performance trans-generationally. To study this, a polyphenol...

Management of slow growing broilers for profit

Chicken is consumed in larger quantities than either beef or pork largely due to its relatively low fat and high protein content when compared...

The ability of meat chickens to extract energy from wheat

The apparent metabolisable energy (MJ/kg dry matter) values for wheats were determined in two conventional energy balance experiments on meat chickens. A blend of...

Nutritional implications of antibiotic free rearing of broilers

The gradual reduction in the use of AGP coincided with an increase in the therapeutic use of antibiotics on farm level. Especially in broiler...

Breast meat quality affected by wooden myopathy

Wooden breast (WB) is a myopathy that affects meat quality traits in modern broilers and it has been associated with an increased BW gain...

NSP enzymes, gut microbiota and fermentation products

Arabinoxylans account for 50-70% of the NSP feed enzymes present in cereal grains and make up the majority of cell wall NSP in corn,...

Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) outbreaks in laying hens in Konya province

Infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) epidemic cases characterized with respiratory symptoms, hemorrhagic tracheitis and laryngitis findings were identified in laying hen’s enterprises in Konya province.Ten Lohman-breed...

Impact of grain type on performance in broilers under Necrotic Enteritis challenge

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of grain type on performance and gut microbiota composition in broiler chickens under a...

Light intensity preferences of broiler chickens in farms

There has been a growing interest in the relationship between light intensity and welfare for commercial broiler chickens. A choice approach was employed to...

Impact of stress on feather cover of laying hens

Feather pecking is a behavior in which individual laying hens peck repetitively at the plumage of conspecifics, causing poor feather. Although FP can be...

Does negative pressure created by exhaust fans affect poultry?

Most poultry are raised in houses that use a negative pressure ventilation systems to aid in maintaining air quality, house temperature, and air movement....

Genetic selection in layers

Close to 10 years ago, Hendrix Genetics Layers started remodeling their breeding program. A range of restructuring activities, directly affecting the breeding operations made...

Foodborne pathogens in poultry production

Foodborne pathogens continue as a considerable threat to public health. Intensification of livestock production, especially poultry, facilitates diseases transmission by increasing population size and...

Low protein diets in broilers

Some recent research at the Arkansas Agriculture Experiment Station Poultry Research Farm has been focused on low protein diets in broilers. Many nutritionists rely...

Vaccination of turkey breeders to control Salmonella

Salmonella continues to be a top food safety concern for the turkey industry, the USDA, and the consumer. Salmonella bacteria are the most frequently...

Wet litter. Factors associated with the shed micro-environment and litter properties

Wet litter in meat chicken sheds occurs as the result of multiple, interrelated causes. This paper discusses some of the sources of water in...

Challenges in poultry feeding

Poultry producers around the world continue to struggle with high production costs for poultry feeding, largely due to volatility in prices for basic feed...

Nutritional strategies against pathogens in poultry

Salmonella Enteritidis and Campylobacter jejuni are the two major foodborne pathogens transmitted through poultry products. Since chickens are the reservoir hosts of these pathogens,...

Timing is everything in early feeding

Early feeding is now a critical point. When using nature as a reference to what are the optimum requirements of the day-old chick, we...

Evaluation of factors that affect susceptibility and control of reovirus-induced viral arthritis in broiler...

The USPOULTRY Foundation announces the completion of a funded research project at AviServe LLC in Newark, Del. (USA), that has revealed a new tool for...

Automatic laying nests require good management

Martin Barten, senior hatchery specialist form Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies, tells his experience about a good management of the automatic laying nests.“Pas Reform’s involvement...

Reducing water usage in turkey processing

Virginia Poultry recently installed several liquid/solids separation screens for reducing water usage in its turkey feather and offal processing. The two new primary and...

How to improve hen fertility

Following specific procedures to increase hen fertility will not eliminate drops in fertility, but it may also reduce the need to trouble-shoot breeder flocks.Artificial...

Innovation is the key for sustainability

Today it is important innovation, and it is the main way to sustainability. Here, we introduce René and Jolanda van Doren who have together...

An alternative method to fight Avian Influenza Virus

A recent project was completed at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in which researchers developed a mobile system that can inactivate Avian...

H7N9 flu mutation identified that allows immune system escape

The research, published in the Journal of Virology, demonstrated that small genetic differences in the virus surface proteins can prevent antibodies that protect against...

Metabolic differences in the blood of chick embryos

A study was conducted in order to investigate metabolic differences in the blood of chick embryos and post-hatch chicks from two egg sizes and...

Research reveals method to improve Escherichia coli vaccines

A funded research project at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. was completed, in which researchers revealed a method to improve Escherichia coli...

Pellet quality and its effects on poultry performance

Pellet quality provided to meat birds throughout the industry is highly variable. Feeding birds pellets of poor quality can in part be attributed to...

Expanding feed milling capacity and quality at New Rosendale’s

At a time when the North American feed industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation driven by new rules, heightened market expectations and ground-breaking technology...

The five principles of broiler brooding for modern broilers

Investing in new technologies, while important, is not the only way to reach top performance potential in broilers. Simple efforts such as paying attention...

Keel bone integrity in layers – Observations, nutritional remedies, and myth-busting

The issue of keel bone deformities and abnormalities is different depending on various housing systems for the birds. Keel fractures have received a lot...

Compatibility of a new multi-strain probiotic with a live-attenuated Salmonella vaccine in chickens

A pilot study was undertaken to assess the compatibility of a new multistrain probiotic with a live-attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium (ST) vaccine. Experimental units were...

Effects of dietary insoluble and soluble non-starch polysaccharides on performance and ileal and excreta...

This study examined the effect of dietary insoluble and soluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) in common broiler diets on performance and ileal and excreta moisture...

Cleaning and disinfection as strategic tools for avian production

Biosecurity, defined as all measures taken to prevent both the introduction and the spread of infectious agents on the farm, is of key importance...

Corn co-products in broilers

The expansion of the ethanol industry has increased the availability of a variety of corn co-products as feedstuffs for livestock and poultry. Of the...

NRGene to offer the first broad soy diversity & haplotype database

All-by-all full genome comparison of 30+ varieties to rapidly improve nutrition and hardiness and reduce resource requirementsNRGene, the leading genomic big data company, has...

Non-antibiotic intestinal interventions

As the countdown towards implementation of the FDA’s Guidance for Industry 213 continues, interest in non-antibiotic intestinal interventions has increased. Earliest efforts in this...

Selection criteria in turkey breeding

The turkey industry supply chain flows from the breeders through a number of multiplication phases, which culminate in commercial birds being grown and processed...

Taking phytase superdosing from scientific concept to commercial application: a UK example

Scientific research is based on carefully designed experiments, performed in carefully controlled conditions with the outcome measured as accurately as possible, using a range...

Short-term temperature training in the hatcher improves stress response in broiler chickens?

An alternative approach to improve functional traits alongside with the production efficiency of fast growing broiler chickens provides temperature training in the hatcher (PTT:...

The selection element in whole grain feeding regimes

Seven dietary treatments consisting of a ground grain control and six treatments with pre- and post-pellet whole grain inclusions of 7.5, 15.0 and 30.0%...

Gut health, intestinal innate immunity and performance

Gut health is a very important determinant for health and performance in particular in production animals. The intestinal innate immune system is pivotal in...

Dietary energy, digestible lysine and available phosphorus levels influence growth performance and carcass traits...

Energy (E) and amino acids (AA) are two of the most expensive components in broiler diets. There is no general consensus regarding the interaction...

Research shows how Infectious Laryngotracheitis can spread from vaccinated flocks

The research on how Infectious Laryngotracheitis can spread from vaccinated flocks was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Claxton Poultry...

Macroscopic lesion scoring correlates with gut morphology changes in a newly developed dysbacteriosis model

Conventional broilers often experience intestinal problems between 20 and 30 days of age, caused by a microbial imbalance in the gut, which is referred...

Trouw Nutrition presents research during the Poultry Science Association Meeting

Synergistic use of different feed additives may support producers’ antibiotic reduction programmes.Reducing antibiotic use in poultry production is an urgent objective shared by stakeholders...

Marel Poultry, worry-free transfer performance up to 15,000 bph

For contemporary poultry processing plants, Marel Poultry has developed LineLink transfer systems, particularly suitable for capacities up to 15,000 bph. LineLink DE transfers products...

Better hatch and post-hatch performance

Hatchability, chick quality and post-hatch performance improve substantially when embryo-response parameters are actively controlled during incubation. The BioStreamerTM concept, developed by Petersime, continually monitors...

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