Marel Poultry: Unrivalled reliability at all-time high speed

Marel Poultry is taking into account the fast growing and urbanizing world population, the production of poultry meat is expected to increase considerably. Processing...

SPIDES, short periods of incubation during egg storage

Why SPIDES is so important in incubation? If hatching eggs are stored for more than a week before being set in an incubator their...

Bacillus Subtilis improves performance of broilers fed medicated or non-medicated feed

Animal digestive health is key to obtain optimal performance. Antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) have long been shown to be very effective to develop and...

Welfare and cost benefits through automated grading and vaccination

Evaluation of working time requirements of different grading and vaccination processes.One of the most important measures for the quality of poultry breeding stock is...

Managing bird behaviour in organic production systems

This topic is presented on by John Brunnquell, the founder and current president of Egg Innovations, which is the largest exclusive producer of free...

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...

Meyn launches the new Opening machine 240 with the patented cutting mechanism

The next generation Meyn Opening machine 240, works with a “Swivel” movement to ensure an exact cut to reduce intestine damage at high speeds,...

TrayTrack, a unique inline overhead concept for optimum tray logistics

The traceability of trays Once trays have been filled with product, poultry processors will often be faced with how to transport them to packaging equipment...

Feed Conversion Ratio optimized for farmer profit

The farmers’ cost for animal feed is one of the main expenditures consisting of 60-70% of the overall producer costs. These producer costs are...

Measurement of energy utilization in chickens

Although corn prices have dropped from historic highs in the past years, energy continues to be one of the driving costs in poultry feeding....

How to house happy birds by Vencomatic Group

Happy birds produce best. Aviary systems were invented to provide laying hens with maximum freedom, while using floor space efficiently. Aviaries consist of multiple...

The challenges and future of poultry diagnostics

A review of the past helps to frame the future of poultry diagnostics. In the United States, the Land-Grant universities provided a fertile environment...

Checking and calibrating sensors: essential preventive hatchery maintenance

We expect incubators to function 24/7 without disruption - and with the highest levels of accuracy from the sensors in particular, on whose outputs...

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...

Biosecurity – practical tips to minimize the human risk of contamination

All poultry operations are under a constant threat from the ever-present enemy of disease and infection. It is imperative in all operations that we...

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...

A new view of how class I molecules fight diseases

Classical class I molecules of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) play crucial roles in defence against viruses. The class I molecules bind pieces of protein...

Alternative systems from SPECHT

In compliance with all the current national and European legal requirements, Specht has developed three different layers housing systems which are able to meet all poultry farmers’s needs.

Practical applications of nutrigenomics in poultry nutrition

Novel molecular techniques such as microarray technologies have spurred the development of the field of nutrigenomics. Using microarrays to evaluate gene responses allows us to...

Avian Reovirus associated with Viral Arthritis/Tenosynovitis

Turkey viral arthritis/tenosynovitis resembled viral arthritis in chickens and also had kind of reovirus aetiology.

Breeding for robustness in turkeys

Turkey breeders have invested in selection methodologies to ensure the commercial cross is capable of delivering outstanding performance with good welfare under a variety...

In-ovo vaccination requires good hatchery management

In-ovo vaccination is gaining popularity and is being used in an increasing number of hatcheries. A driving force behind this is the increasing number...

Turkey breeder health, new welfare challenges and demands

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.

On-farm surveys to inform Avian influenza risk assessment model

Consumer-driven expansion of free-range poultry products has led to significant increases in the number of free-range poultry farms and the total percentage of the...

Early introduction of whole-grain diets to broiler chickens

The main problem with introducing whole-grain diets (WGD) to newly hatched chicks is the kernel size  and this has led to such diets being...

Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of thermophylic Campylobacters in poultry

Campylobacter spp. is a leading cause of foodborne diarrhea. The most common source of infection is contaminated food, mainly poultry meat. The uncontrolled use of...

Hen feeding for progeny: current research and U.S. field perspectives

Hen nutrition is a key component for good chick viability, welfare, growth, and meat yields. This paper covers some historical and current research on hen feeding to impact progeny, and how the U.S. breeder nutritionist is poised to implement some of these opportunities in the current market conditions.

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...

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...

Increasing standardization in real-time PCR diagnostics

How to use it with a modular system and its benefit to laboratory throughput.The IDEXX RealPCR™ real-time PCR reagents aim to provide a new...

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...

Integrated Microfluidic Device for rapid Avian Influenza virus capture

Rapid detection of avian influenza virus (AIV) is highly desirable during outbreaks or routine AIV surveillance. In this project, the preliminary results in developing a...

Antibiotic-resistance: the contribution of the viruses in GIT microbiome

The GIT, or rather the gastro intestinal tract, is the organ of the all organism mostly colonized by the microbial population: it hosts more...

Quick molt diets and programs

Induced molting is a process conducted by many commercial egg producers to extend the productive life of the laying hen. The main objective of...

Poultry litter quality: investigating the interrelationship between litter moisture content, pH, water activity and...

Wet litter is a recognized issue in commercial poultry production and litter quality has come under great scrutiny with the introduction of farming scheme...

Monitoring of IBV circulation and prevalence

Infectious bronchitis (IB) is one of the most common viral diseases in chicken production worldwide and IB virus (IBV) is considered the most contagious...

Informative Processing School in Malaysia

A highly successful four-day processing school was held in Malaysia for Aviagen® personnel to improve their knowledge and understanding of the impact of the...

Meyn: a look inside the market for deboning and deskinning

The poultry processing market is still on the road to growth. A CAGR of 4.7% by 2020 in USA alone is evidence of the...

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...

Potential wooden breast syndrome causes in broilers

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

Taking portioning to a new era, Marel I-Cut 122 dual-lane high-speed portion cutter for...

I-Cut 122 Portion Cutter by Marel combines the highest levels of accuracy, throughput and reliability with new, innovative software. The dual-lane I-Cut 122 has been...

Managing CO2 and fresh air to optimise hatchability

Last year I was invited to a layer hatchery that was reporting slightly lower hatchability than its sister hatcheries, despite using eggs from the...

Windrowing properly done

Windrowing litter between flocks has been used commercially since the 1980’s and continues to evolve to meet numerous production challenges. The goal is to...

Cage free pullet management

The conditions in cage free systems differ from the traditional cage housing systems and require a different management approach. Alternative production systems can be...

The Omics revolution – Implications for animal production

What does Omics mean? Omics is a term that refers to the recently developed high throughput technologies that include genomics, functional genomics (transcriptomics), proteomics, and...

Probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics for treating lameness in broilers

The pathogenesis leading to a form of lameness known as bacterial chondronecrosis with osteomyelitis (BCO) appears to be initiated by mechanical microfracturing of susceptible...

Effect of two different fibre sources on growth and immune function in grower layer-pullets

This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of two different fibre sources on pullet growth, gut immune tissue, and lymphocyte proliferation of strain...

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...

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%...

Turkeys – 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...

DNA region in chickens identified for disease resistance

One region in the DNA explains a large difference in possible disease resistance betweenchickens. This was discovered by researchers of Wageningen University & Research...

Marel unlocks new profitable opportunities for convenience poultry production

RevoPortioner with Helix Drum, Active Batter Applicator and RevoCrumb by Marel.By combining innovative technologies for portioning, batter and crumb, unlocks new profitable opportunities for convenience...

Effect of difference doses of Newcastle disease vaccine immunization on broilers

Influence on growth performance, plasma variables and immune response As a member of the Paramyxoviridae group, Newcastle disease virus (NDV) is the key causative agent...

Dekalb White hens to be first occupants of innovative layer house

Environmentally friendly farm with lots of innovations Four Dutch entrepreneurs are set to build an innovative new layer house in the south region of The...

Biosecurity practices and investments implemented by today’s poultry producers

One brick higher The 2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus devastated the United States poultry industry. A novel Eurasian-North American H5N2 was...

Isolation, bioactivity and applications of sulfated polysaccharides from poultry by-products

The broiler chicken meat processing industry produces a large amount of poultry byproducts rich in connective tissue (i.e. keel cartilage, skin, and bone residues),...

Nutrient loading on free-range layer farming

A considerable proportion of the dietary nutrients consumed by poultry are excreted in the manure. This becomes an important issue on free-range farms, if...

Methods for recovery and quantitation of viral nucleic acids from broiler litter

There is a well-recognised problem with both the supply of broiler litter material in some regions, and with the disposal of spent litter. This...

Isoquinoline alkaloids lower the prevalence of salmonella Heidelberg in broiler chickens

Worldwide, tens of millions human cases are reported every year for salmonellosis. This makes it one of the most common foodborne diseases, which can...

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...

Ability to detect Salmonella vs. Salmonella-Free in poultry processing

Poultry are sampled often for Salmonella during growout on the farm and throughout the processing plant. While on farm sampling is not currently a...

Flexible Feed Formulation with GALLIPRO

Facing challenging goals The goal of the poultry industry is to provide consumers with safe food, while promoting poultry health and welfare, in addition to carefully...

Microbiota studies in poultry

The microbial populations that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) of birds play an important role in the establishment and maintenance of a healthy gut....

A new perspective on feeding broiler breeders

Due to sophisticated genetic selection programs carried out by poultry breeding companies such as Aviagen, today’s broilers can grow with very efficient feed conversion...

The impact of raised incubation temperature on hatch, chick quality and broiler performance

Two experiments were conducted at the Aviagen product development center in the USA to study the effect of increased eggshell temperature during mid to late incubation on hatchability and chick quality

Different light sources

The value of regulating the photoperiod of poultry and livestock to stimulate reproduction has been recognized for many years and is used regularly by...

Broilers perform better with intermittent lighting programs

Roles of certain parts of the digestive tract of chickens seems to have been lost with the evolution of time and commercial practices. Gizzards...

The relationship between sperm function and diet – Toms are what they eat

It is well known that cryopreserved semen could be used to regenerate commercial or research poultry lines; however, fertility rates from poultry semen frozen...

Future of Blackhead Disease in poultry

A turkey health survey of US veterinarians in turkey production ranked blackhead position #13 (#11 prior year) compared to #22 in 2006; the survey...

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...

Turkey farming – A brief review of welfare and husbandry issues

A literature review was undertaken to examine welfare issues in the turkey farming sector. The major issues are diseases, poor locomotion due to high...

Feed borne mycotoxins: the threat to poultry?

Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by molds (fungi) that can infest crops pre-harvest and can continue to flourish under sub-optimal storage conditions. Grains with high...

Outdoor broilers behavioural time budgets

The demand for free-range chicken meat is increasing. Free-range products are usually perceived as more welfare friendly by consumers and particularly fulfil the belief that the ability to perform natural behaviour leads to better welfare.

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...

Evaluating hen behaviour and physiological stressors during Ventilation Shut Down

USPOULTRY announces the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. in which researchers provided insight on using...

Immunogenic ingredients in poultry

Among the various immunogenic ingredients, β-mannanase can improve live performance and uniformity in broilers.

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...

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...

High levels of cottonseed meal supplemented with composite microbial enzymes

Effects of cottonseed meal supplemented with composite microbial enzymes on broiler chickens. Soybean meal (SBM) is the premier plant protein source used by the poultry...

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...

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