Seeking sustainability in the poultry industry

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Becoming sustainable is a must for long-term viability and profitability, and the poultry industry has to meet the needs of the industry, consumers, and...

Detection of antibodies against Chlamydia species in chicken serum

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Avian chlamydiosis is a bacterial infection caused by Chlamydia bacteria. The currently available tests distinguish Chlamydia species based on genetic material. Researchers from Wageningen...

The importance of minimum ventilation and how to calculate it

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Providing birds with the correct house environment is key to unlocking the full genetic potential and performance of a flock. Poultry growers often focus...

Hybrid Feed – New approach in layer hen feed at start of production

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The actual genetic improvements in layer hens are providing the market with a layer hen producing saleable size eggs quicker than before and extending...

Researchers investigate how laying hens visually perceive the resources in cage-free housing

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announced the completion of a funded research project at Purdue University in which researchers investigated how laying hens visually...

Biological control of Salmonella in the poultry industry: a European perspective

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Salmonella remains one of the most important foodborne bacterial pathogens worldwide, and is frequently linked with the consumption of contaminated poultry meat and eggs....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Inclusion of black soldier fly larvae in a meat chicken diet has minor effect...

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The caecal microbiota composition of commercial broilers is essential to the poultry industry as it can affect the broiler’s health and performance.  Bioactive components of...

The benefits of nipple drinker catch trays

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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...

New animal welfare labelling system

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The conclusions of the animal welfare labelling subgroup of the Commission’s Animal Welfare Platform were released. Copa and Cogeca welcomes the main conclusions of...

Poultry study points to genes linked to food bug

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Variation in the response of poultry to Campylobacter helps identify key genes that may provide resistance to infection. Research has identified genes in poultry that...

Performance, immunity and blood biochemical parameters of broiler chickens fed diets containing Kappaphycus alvarezii

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Kappaphycus alvarezii (KPA) can be incorporated at 1.50% in diets for improved performance, immuno-responsiveness and blood biochemical parameters in broiler chickens. Introduction Kappaphycus alvarezii (KPA) is...

Maternal stress, the potential impact on broiler breeders and subsequent chick development

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Managing stress in broiler breeders has been a continual topic of discussion since the early 1980’s, but our understanding of stress and its influence...

Pirbright’s new Avian Influenza vaccine

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An improved poultry influenza vaccine has been developed by researchers from The Pirbright Institute. The potential vaccine triggers a rapid immune response which protects...

Sustainable feed supply for worldwide poultry production

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The poultry industry is facing various challenges in its value chain. Production needs to be environmentally sound and social responsible with the prerequisite that...

Protozoal management in turkeys

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The two turkey protozoa that cause significant animal welfare and economic distress include various Eimeria species of coccidia and Histomonas meleagridis. For coccidia, oral...

Artificial structures mitigate simulated adverse pop-hole conditions

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There is some evidence that commercial meat chickens prefer to access the range through ‘favoured’ pop-holes; however what makes pop-holes attractive or aversive is...

Lasers prevent the spreading of the Avian Influenza virus

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Wageningen University released their research on a poultry farm that suffered visits from wild waterfowl, which are a source of Avian Influenza virus. The...

How preheating temperature can affect litter drying

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One of the purposes of preheating a broiler house is to ensure the litter is properly dried prior to chick placement. Research has shown...

Increased cecal butyrate concentrations protect against Salmonella Enteritidis

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Butyrate is a molecule that is extensively studied as a feed additive to improve gut health and animal performance. It also has been described...

A review of novel biological alternatives to antibiotic therapies in poultry

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As poultry producers in Australia continue to limit antibiotic use, increasing numbers of alternative therapies and chemical biosecurity products are being used to overcome...

Response of broilers fed phytase enzymes of different optimal pH ranges alone or in...

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Dr. Kelley Wamsley and colleagues at the Mississippi State University Poultry Science Department recently completed a research project that investigated how broilers respond when...

Spirulina platensis Algae, a novel poultry feed additive

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Identifying alternative replacements for soybean meal in a high quality and reasonable price is of importance in poultry production and physiological parameters. Spirulina platensis...

How to automate food safety in the poultry industry?

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Where automation replaces human labor, food production is safer. Food safety is rightly a key issue in today’s poultry industry. Everyone wants to eat food,...

Management of ectoparasites in cage-free housing systems

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As cage-free systems become more frequent in poultry production, we are forced to evaluate how pest control measures should adapt to ensure efficacy. The...

Water quality critical to broiler performance

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Water is the most important nutrient for poultry. Although the necessity of providing a plentiful supply and sufficient access is well understood, the importance...

Challenges and opportunities in establishing a new turkey parent stock operation in a remote...

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The Russian turkey market has shown substantial growth during the last decade with new and very large companies willing and able to invest considerable...

Effect of graded levels of supplementary phytase in diets with and without rapeseed meal...

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Application of dietary enzymes, including phytase, protease, and carbohydrases, alone or in combination, to facilitate phosphorus, protein, and energy utilization is a common approach...

Improved fly control on poultry facilities with microbial products

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Parasitoid wasps and the entomopathogenic fungi Beauveria bassiana were both examined to see if augmentative releases of the pathogenic organisms can help lower house...

The specific requirements and sensitivities of turkey egg incubation

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Turkey eggs have a high incubation success rate when all the species-specific areas of incubation are managed correctly. Hence, a suite of incubation equipment...

Nutritional additive strengthens bones in layer hens

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Bone quality in egg-laying hens benefits from a common feed supplement as well as from traits that help their skeletons store calcium, research shows....

Variable speed tunnel fans

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Since October 2017, a study has been underway to examine the use of variable-speed tunnel fans to reduce fan operating cost. The study is...

The effect of electrolyte supplementation on behaviour and performance of broilers

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The present experiment was designed to investigate the effects of electrolyte supplementation in alleviating the harmful effects of high temperature for one day prior...

The use of antibiotics in the poultry industry

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Antimicrobial resistance in human and animal isolates in the E.U. remains a significant problem despite the bans of antibiotic growth promoters and the reductions...

Lactobacillus acidophilus D2/CSL (CECT4529): 35 years of Italian research (1985-2020)

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The history of the probiotic strain Lactobacillus acidophilus D2/CSL (CECT 4529) follows that of many strains produced by Centro Sperimentale del Latte and acts...

The importance of feeding time observation

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Achieving proper bodyweight, flock uniformity, and sexual maturity at light stimulation are some of the biggest management challenges for broiler breeder farms. Today’s breeder pullets...

How does your turkey grow?

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Predicting how a turkey flock might grow under different nutritional and environmental conditions is a question of interest to everyone involved in turkey production...

Management best practices: small details can have the big-gest impact

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Raising turkeys is equal parts science and art. It involves precise measurement of various factors throughout the life of the flock. It also requires...

Key global health issues in cage-free and organic laying hens

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In USA and Europe there has been a growth in cage-free, free range, and organic production over the last 10 years. The percentage of all...

Consequences of outdoor ranging on external and inter-nal health parameters of hens from different...

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Free-range layer pullets are typically reared indoors within Australia, but adult layers go outdoors which might cause poorer adaptation due to the mismatch between...

Performance, intestinal morphology and antioxidant status of broilers fed o-regano essential oil or an...

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In this study, the effect of an oregano essential oil, or a blend of formic and propionic acids and essential oil on mineral carriers,...

Variation in individual egg weight loss

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A chicken egg has to lose around 11-13% of its original weight during the first 18 days of incubation. This weight loss is needed...

Protein nutrition of breeders to improve production, hatchability and offspring performance – First Part

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The last decades, poultry meat is becoming the most important protein sources in human diet and production is worldwide growing. Global poultry meat production...

Coccidiosis control in broiler breeders with the use of vaccines by Aviagen®

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Coccidiosis is a disease of the intestinal lining, produced by the invasion of the mucosal cells by a very prolific protozoan parasite of the...

Antioxidants in poultry nutrition and reproduction. An update

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For the last three decades poultry production worldwide has made tremendous progress in terms of quantity and quality of meat and egg production, including...

First week management of turkey poults

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In commercial turkey production we aim to replicate and improve on what a mother turkey supplies to her young in the wild, this include...

Understanding the woody breast syndrome and other myopathies in modern broiler chickens

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The poultry industry has seen an increase in several breast meat myopathies over the past decade. They range from woody breast syndrome (tough chicken...

Infectious Coryza in vaccinated layers: are vaccines failing to protect?

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During 2017 and 2018 Infectious Coryza was detected in several commercial vaccinated egg layer flocks in California. The Avibacterium paragallinarum strains isolated from infected...

How to guard your hatchery against biosecurity threats

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Biosecurity, by simple definition, is a set of procedures undertaken to limit the spread of infectious pathogens to a susceptible population. It is, however,...

Best practice in broiler house management

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How the right technology and proactive management can ensure best practice in housing on broiler farms In partnership with Cobb, this article examines best practice...

Drought impacts on plant ground cover on a free range egg farm

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In this study drought conditions were experienced and was high-lighted the difficulty for farms in maintaining green ground cover during adverse dry conditions. Introduction Maintaining vegetation...

Management of chicken manure

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The laying hen produces an average of 150 to 200 g of fresh manure, which is considered a source of pollution due to the...

Calcium nutrition, bone metabolism, and eggshell quality in longer-persisting layers

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As regard layers management, rather than being depopulated at 60 to 70 weeks of age, or being moulted to allow for additional production cycles,...

Evaluation of effects of in ovo light stimulation on incubation performance and chick quality...

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In sustainable commercial poultry business, hatchability and chick quality are key points that determine the yield and cost of production. Positive results of lighted...

In-ovo corticosterone alters body composition in 35 day old chi-cken meat birds

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Increasing evidence suggests early-life exposure to maternal stress can permanently alter thedevelopment of an embryo. Such findings have significant application to the chicken meat...

The importance of monitoring chicks water usage

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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...

Effect of the type of diet and the addition of humic substances as growth...

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In recent years, humic substances have been tested as growth promoters in animal production and are one of the promising options to face the...

Natural antioxidants and vitagene concept in poultry production – Second part

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From vitamins to vitagene. In this second part the focus will be on the Vitagene concept, which refers to a group of genes involved...

Different incubation profiles for different breeds?

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Breeding has powerful effects. Although all chicken breeds originate from the same wild ancestor, they differ dramatically in appearance, physiology, type and metabolic rate....

Biosecurity: protecting animal health to sustain the supply chain

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Safeguarding animal health is of paramount importance to any country’s economy and food supply. Livestock with a clean health status is an important requirement...

Getting to the bottom of sex-related first week mortality in the hatchery

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"Why are so many chicks dying in their first week in the hatchery?" I could hear the worry in his voice when I received...

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