A new research shows persistent Salmonella strains on processing equipment

The USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., in which Dr. Kay Cooksey and other...

Broiler breeders, a research on alternative feeding programs and photostimulation periods

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

Current trends in litter management

As much of the broiler industry transitions to antibiotic free production based on consumer demand, broiler house management is changing more substantially than it...

NIRS study on nutritional profiles of 100 soybean meal samples from USA and Brazil

This paper compares the nutrient profile of soybean meal (SBM) samples from the USA and Brazil. Proximate analysis, total amino acids, standardized ileal digestibility...

Protecting poultry from Avian Influenza

The Avian Influenza season is upon us, but how much do you know about Avian Influenza? Do you know how to protect the birds...

Big data for poultry

The term big data may at first appear incongruous to animal agriculture. However, by capturing, analysing, reporting and sharing of through-production chain data with...

Host and microbial biomarkers for intestinal health and disease in broilers

New tools can be used to determine the gut health status of animals and to predict animal performance or to make a decision whether...

What is good chick quality?

When asking the question “What is good chick quality?”, the responses can be very different based on the person and their role. For instance,...

Novel genome technologies to ensure future biodiversity and global protein request

A new collaborative research and development project between Cobb-Vantress and The Roslin Institute brought scientists and industry experts together to address food security needs...

Chlamydia spp. detected in poultry in Piedmont, Italy

Chlamydia spp. are agents of re-emerging infections in poultry worldwide and deserve attention from a public health perspective due to the well-known zoonotic nature...

How to improve indoor air quality in poultry housing

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in which researchers provided...

Efficacy and economics of oral fluralaner for the treatment of northern fowl mites in...

Once mites are observed in one area of the barn they tend to progressively spread to the whole barn and subsequently to the next...

Effects of feed presentation on growth performance and gut health of turkeys

The combined effect of feed presentation parameters bears considerable implications for the digestive health and growth performance of turkeys. This topic is very relevant...

Practical views on global poultry nutrition – First part

The global supply of poultry products will need to double by 2050 if we are to meet the aspiration of all people to be...

Spotty Liver Disease in cage-free brown laying hens

Missouri has a large amount of egg production that uses alternative housing methods such as cage-free farming. The development of the alternative systems began...

A diagnostic laboratory perspective for pathogen detection

Detection of infectious diseases can generally be broken down into laboratory detection of the pathogen or detection of the immune response to the pathogen....

Effect of arginine and lysine on broiler chickens

Arginine is an essential amino acid for poultry and plays crucial roles in different biological pathways. Recent findings highlighted that the recommended levels of...

Researchers use laser for broiler house enrichment

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in which researchers used...

Egg weight loss during incubation of poults and chicks

Why is it important and how do we measure it? Technology and the associated hatchery and equipment continues to advance incubation to levels previously unavailable,...

Poultry house climate

Poultry climate is a key factor in faming. High temperatures and a high humidity: in Germany, short periods in the summer months where temperatures...

Research provides Insight on colonization of broilers by Salmonella

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in which researchers were able...

5 easy steps to check fumigation efficacy

Fumigation is common practice for hatching eggs to prevent losses due to microbial contamination. You should check your fumigation annually to make sure it...

Comparison of the effects of dietary available phosphorus and feed restriction on performance, egg...

This study was performed to evaluate the effect of available phosphorus and restricted feeding level on laying hens productivity, egg quality and yolk fatty...

Turkey Breeding – Making the most of genetic potential

Genetic potential Successful and profitable turkey production occurs across a wide range of production systems and farming environments. Breed choice, farming facilities, equipment, management, nutrition...

Feeding broilers of the future

The only way to maintain production is to improve the understanding of precision nutrition so that producers can feed broilers with low or no...

Ventilation of poultry houses with outdoor access

A primary goal in raising poultry is meeting the bird’s basic needs with regards to adequate temperature, air quality, food, water, light and protection...

Path to the 100 week age layers in cage free systems

Egg producers are always looking for ways to improve layer hen’s efficiency as, nowadays, the genetic potential of layers is targeting an extended age...

Research shows practical method to reduce litter moisture

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

Fertile or not?

Fertilisation and a fertile egg marks the beginning of a new life but is by no means a guarantee of a long life, as...

First-Ever Report of antimicrobial ase across U.S. broiler chickens and turkeys

Dramatic antimicrobial usage changes and improved antimicrobial stewardship.The new report shows dramatic reductions of turkey and broiler chicken antimicrobial use over a five-year timeframe....

Trials show oregano essential oil supports anticoccidial vaccination

Oregano essential oil, well-documented for its antimicrobial action when included in the diets of various poultry species, has been found to be particularly effective...

The core technology for the sustainability of animal production, environment and green energy

Among various technologies for sustainability in animal production, anaerobic digestion or biogas technology is recognized for its multiple functions and benefits. It breaks down...

Copper influences broilers’ performance and growth

Copper (Cu) is an essential component involved in a wide variety of biochemical processes. It must be supplemented in the trace mineral premix as...

A multidisciplinary research approach on Avian Influenza in Italy

The Avian Influenza epidemic of 2016-2017 had been the largest in Europe in more than 10 years. The circulating virus was a Highly Pathogenic...

Broiler nutrition, future efficiency

Talking about broiler nutrition, we all want the best possible return while investing as little as possible: efficiency is the keyword to success and...

Antimicrobial drug resistance in poultry. What do we know about risk factors?

There is an increasing amount of published surveillance and diagnostic submissions data, providing information on prevalence and trends of antimicrobial drug use and antimicrobial...

Is chick yield still a valid reference?

Many hatcheries still use chick yield – chick yield is the average chick weight divided by the average fresh egg weight multiplied by 100...

Reducing the environmental impact of egg production via breeding and alternative diet

Egg production has an important role in the global production of food. For decades, we have successfully selected laying hens that efficiently produce animal...

How Necrotic Enteritis affects animal’ welfare and performance

Necrotic Enteritis (NE) affected flocks have poor enteric health and nutrient digestibility leading to decreased performance and increased excretion of nutrients. Evidence suggests that...

Metabolisable energy of ingredients in peak layers

Layer nutritionists typically rely on apparent metabolisable energy data generated in broilers as layer AME data are less available. The bioassays are typically conducted...

Field vaccination against ILT in broiler chickens: lack of consistency

When vaccination against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) is necessary in broiler flocks, mass administration techniques are required due to the sheer numbers of birds involved....

Clostridial Dermatitis

Clostridial Dermatitis is a disease of economic concern in turkeys. Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium septicum have been isolated consistently from dermatitis lesions in turkeys....

Science unveils new pathway to broiler chicken growth performance

A new tool has emerged for broiler chicken operations seeking new ways to optimize results while keeping aligned with a full range of the...

Improving birds’ health by refining their intestinal microbiota health and stability

Intestinal systems of living organisms are inhabited by a dense community of microorganisms  dominated by bacteria but also containing archea, fungi, protozoa and viruses....

Maintaining hatching egg quality through good hygiene and handling

The microbiological status of a hatching egg is highest immediately after the egg is laid. The objective, therefore, is to ensure that quality is...

The role of mechanistic theory in delaying the development of NSPases

This brief paper attempts to review the history of development of the mechanistic theories for NSPases and how this has possibly delayed advances. NSPase feed...

Spent hens: Can we improve their welfare?

The aim of this study was to observe the improvement in welfare indicators of spent hens kept in three different housing systems. Sixteen Isa...

Crude soybean lecithin and vegetable acid oil as energy sources for broiler chickens

Lecithin and acid oil, as co-products from vegetable oil refining process, are economic alternatives to conventional fat sources and may represent an efficient energy...

Some basic suggestions to improve breeder management

Dr. Keith Bramwell, a former professor in the Department of Poultry Science at The University of Arkansas, and Hatchery Consultant for Jamesway Incubator Company...

Effect of different dilution rates on fertility of chicken spermatozoa and its storage

Under natural mating, with a ratio of hen:cocks of 8:1 fertility rates are still low. Artificial insemination (AI) technology can be adopted and is...

Wooden Breast Disease

The emergence of Wooden Breast Disease in commercial broiler chickens has been associated with significant economic loss in the poultry industry resulting from severe...

Reducing undigested protein available at the intestinal wall on broilers

An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of supplementing an inherently thermo stable protease in broilers fed diets based on single raw materials,...

In Vitro evaluation of xylo-oligosaccharide production from different batches of wheat with and without...

Supplementing poultry diets with xylanase partially depolymerizes the xylans present in the dietary cereals, reducing the number of sugars in the molecular chains. The...

Marel Poultry: A stress-free journey from shed to shackle

Marel Poultry solutions: for some six to eight weeks, even longer in the case of heavier and specialist breeds, broilers will have been carefully...

EU grains, oilseeds and feed value chain partners for a sustainable production

EU grain and oilseed trade, crushing and feed industry sectors represented by COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC welcomed the European Commission Communication on Stepping up...

Higher egg quality with Bolegg Terrace

Poultry farmer Klaasjan Salomons is very satisfied with the Bolegg Terrace system.Klaasjan: “In the end, it is about the egg quality and it’s now...

Boosting the cell-mediated immunity in chickens post-hatch via pre-hatch delivery of nucleic acids

Respiratory virus infections such as Avian Influenza, infectious laryngotracheitis and infectious bronchitis lead to high morbidity and mortality in chickens globally.Given the limitations...

Healthy, uniform day-old chicks require hatchery accurate climate data

In a modern hatchery, climate data are collected from various sensors installed in incubators and hatchery rooms, and from handheld measuring instruments. The performance...

Using sensor technology against feather pecking in laying hens

In collaboration between Animal Breeding and Genomics (WUR), Breed4Food and the COST Action GroupHouseNet, a review paper was written on how sensor technologies can...

Air cell up when setting eggs!

It is important to pay attention to the orientation of the eggs when placing them on setter trays as this has quite an impact...

Research provides new understanding of ILT vaccines

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, in which researchers...

Egg incubation influences leg health in broilers

Up to 30% of late growth meat broilers demonstrate reduced levels of locomotion, which is cause for concern for both the industry and chicken...

How much cold pressed canola meal can we use in layer diets?

Canola meal has been available for the layer feed industry in Australia for over 30 years. However, very little has been used due to...

Turkey reoviral arthritis update

Avian reoviruses (ARVs) belong to the genus orthoreovirus in the family Reoviridae. They are nonenveloped, double-stranded RNA viruses that are ubiquitous in domestic poultry...

Sentinel Birds: An old strategy that can enhance current diagnostic tools

The use of sentinel birds such as specific-pathogen-free (SPF) leghorns has been used extensively to learn about local presence of pathogens in farms, either...

Linear Epitope Mapping of B-cell responses following immunization with Avian Reovirus S1133

Avian reovirus is a causative agents of tenosynovitis and viral arthritis. Commercially available reovirus vaccines do not protect against challenge with emerging variants associated...

Development of Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) for Mycoplasma gallisepticum

Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) is the most pathogenic avian mycoplasma species. It affects commercial, non-commercial poultry and wild birds. Current MG sequence typing methods rely...

Changing role of poultry nutritionist in a changing industry

Reflecting back on 30 years of working in the poultry industry as nutritionists we realize that the biggest changes that have occurred have mostly...

Effect of ammonia on the immune response to infectious bronchitis virus vaccination

Commercial broilers in the grow-out stage are commonly exposed to ammonia which can have an effect on infectious bronchitis virus vaccination.Ammonia concentrations are...

Comparing two ELISA kits

Here a comparison of two ELISA kits as been made to assess their efficicacy.Recombinant turkey herpesvirus vaccines (rHVT) are being widely used for...

Woody breast in the poultry meat industry

In the U.S., poultry is widely popular by consumers and is the top protein consumed. In the last decade along with improvements in growth...

Backyard chickens

Are backyard chickens just a transient phenomenon? Current craze? Foodies’ desire for fresh eggs? Baby boomers or young families wanting to get closer to...

Gut health

Gut health and the efficient conversion of feed into its basic components for optimal nutrient absorption is vital for both commercial and turkey breeder...

Hot weather management

Hot weather can have a detrimental effect on flock performance and in extreme cases cause heat loss. While you cannot control outside weather conditions,...

Navel practicalities

A well-closed navel is one of the most important and easily visible signs of chick quality. In a good quality chick, the navel is...

Effects of low protein and balanced amino acid levels on birds under subclinic NE

One benefit of low protein (LP) diets is improving gut health in a future of antibiotic-growth promoter free diets.Drew et al., (2004) found an...

Assessment of the use of perches to improve leg health in meat chickens

Poor leg health in Australian fast growing meat chickens is a major welfare issue, resultant from long-term genetic selection for bird size and growth rate...

Gene-edited chicken cells resist Avian Influenza virus in the lab

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. / Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA: In newly released research, scientists from The Roslin Institute have prevented the Avian Influenza virus from replicating in lab-grown...

Holistic view of intestinal health in poultry

Intestinal health is necessary to maintain efficient and sustainable gastrointestinal tract (GIT) physiology. The GIT has digestive, absorptive, metabolic, immunological and endocrinological functions. This means...

Dietary starch influences performance of broiler chickens offered low-protein diets

This study suggests that there is interference between the digestion of starch and protein and/or absorption of glucose and amino acids. Paradoxically, the low-protein...

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