Understanding poultry lighting

A short guide to poultry lighting for layer farmers

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Necrotic Enteritis, wet litter and odour. Their interrelationship

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

Housing systems in laying hen husbandry – second part

A status report This analysis is an abridged version of a report which the Author prepared for the International Egg Commission (IEC) in London, UK. In...

Researchers develop method for making new types of vaccines

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the U.S. National Poultry Research Center, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athens,...

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...

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...

Heat stress causes inhibition of Eimeria replication in broilers

Eimeria infection is one of the most important diseases affecting poultry production, and is characterized by bloody or watery diarrhea, weight loss, poor feed...

Management techniques for a hot climate

Hot conditions significantly affect the performance of layers, particularly in temperatures higher than 30°C. Getting good technical results requires some adjustments in the management...

Enhancing biosecurity using flow analysis and Danish entry concepts

The term Danish entry is commonly used to describe entryways to livestock buildings that help people enter barns in a relatively bio secure way...

Re-programming of broiler growth and immunity through changes in breeder hen bodyweight

Reprogramming of broiler growth and developmental events is increasingly recognised as having lifelong effects on animal health, welfare and productivity. Whilst most studies have...

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,...

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...

Common global poultry welfare practices

A recent article by Hendrix Genetics detailed the creation and roll out of a structured poultry welfare program for all species offered by the breeding company. The...

Influence of feed form and particle size on the performance and nutrient utilisation of...

The present experiment was designed to examine the influence of feed form and particle size in maize-based diets on the performance and nutrient utilisation...

Does the external climate matter?

The optimum climate parameters for embryo development – temperature, humidity, and the balance between oxygen supply and carbon dioxide release from the incubator –...

Effectiveness of a double choice test to assess dietary taste preferences in broilers

Investigations into the taste system of broilers can help to improve poultry feeding strategies. However, a comprehensive study on dietary taste preferences for broilers...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Omaz launches OMAZ Controller Plus

Omaz Controller Plus has been designed for the intelligent control of poultry house equipment and engineering.OMAZ, an industry leader within this business sector with...

Improving feeding efficiency with innovating products

At Trouw Nutrition they have focused their innovation in the poultry business on finding new ways of achieving improved feeding efficiency and enhanced performance...

The effects of in-ovo feeding

In-ovo feeding is a key issue in poultry. The embryonic and immediate post hatch developmental period represents a significant phase in attaining quality broiler...

“BALTIKA”: guaranteed comfort for laying hens

TEXHA housing alternative system BALTIKA meets all the European requirements and has already been implemented by the European poultry farms

Modification of the chicken intestinal epithelial physical barrier in poultry by dietary factors

The intestinal epithelial physical barrier is the most critical element of maintaining an intact intestinal barrier and made up of a layer of columnar...

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...

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...

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...

Microbiological consequences of different housing systems for laying hens, with particular reference to Salmonella...

A significant proportion of human illnesses caused by Salmonella are linked to the consumption of contaminated eggs. In response, substantial government and private industry...

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...

On farm slaughter

Commercial on farm slaughter could eliminate many potential animal welfare issues associated with cooping, transport, dumping, and shackling of live broilers. However, concerns regarding...

The bioavailability of zinc in poultry: what does literature say?

Zinc bioavailability: zinc is an essential trace element for all the animals, including broilers. In case of deficiency, alteration of growth performance and distortion...

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...

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...

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

Dermanyssus gallinae, a wider concern for poultry production

Dermanyssus gallinae represents a major concern for the poultry farmers and all working in poultry houses.

Essential oils – Opportunities to improve food safety in organic poultry production and processing.

Organic poultry – A growing sector with challengesPoultry is the most widely available organic meat in the U.S. and predicted to have increased consumer...

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...

Control of poultry red mite in organic layer farms

Dermanyssus gallinae is highly relevant with respect to both animal welfare and economics in laying hen housing. Here a study on monitoring and prevention of poultry red mite in organic layer farms is aimed at solving this poultry issue.

Separating welfare facts from fiction

It has become a confusing market for customers to decipher which technologies offer the best welfare-friendly solutions for their animals. How do you separate...

Seminars highlighting innovations in broiler farming

Two interesting specialist seminars for broiler farming were held on the 16th and 17th of November in Visbek and Hamm, Germany. The companies BEST3,...

Housing systems in laying hen husbandry- First part

A status report This analysis is an abridged version of a report which the author prepared for the International Egg Commission (IEC) in London, UK. In...

Water holding capacity in poultry breast meat

Water holding capacity (WHC) is defined as the ability of meat to hold its inherent and added moisture during fabrication, processing, and storage.

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...

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...

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,...

Effects of probiotic Bacillus amyloliquefaciens H57 on performance and intestinal microbiota of chickens

Probiotics (direct fed microbials) are a potential alternative to antibiotic growth promoters for improving animal production and preventing enteric pathogen infections. The Authors are...

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...

Laying hen nutrition for optimizing egg production and quality

Hen nutrition is important; during the initial period of pullet rearing (<45 days of age), small particle size obtained by grinding of main cereals...

ERPA, the European rural poultry association to defend rural poultry producers

Rural poultry production is important in volume and has a large social role; it was therefore essential to have a specific organization to represent...

Poultry litter pasteurisation

Heaping of used poultry litter reliably induces significant elevations in temperature due to the actions of variety of aerobic bacteria and fungi. Temperatures typically...

The role of feed additives in the protozoal diseases in poultry

Coccidiosis and histomoniasis are economically significant diseases in chickens and turkeys. Management, vaccination and medication are key tools in the control of these diseases...

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...

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...

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...

Salmonella, creating the most undesirable environment

Background Salmonella non-typhoidal is among the top foodborne bacteria that cause illness within the United States annually.With 1.4 million illness (11% of foodborne bacteria), 19,336...

On-farm control of campylobacter

Campylobacteriosis, primarily caused by the consumption of contaminated chicken products, accounts for the majority of food poisoning cases in Europe and many other developed...

Managing the risk makes the difference in mycotoxin control

A webinar on the results of the 2017 harvest analyses in terms of mycotoxin contamination has been recently held. Two experts on the matter...

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...

Bacterin usage

A good vaccination program, along with proper flock management and biosecurity, plays a key role in the health and productivity of broiler breeders. The...

Egg deposition of maternal testosterone is controlled by the pre-ovulatory peak of luteinizing hormone

Variability of androgen concentrations in the avian egg is often explained by an adaptive hypothesis according to which differential maternal deposition of yolk hormones...

Reducing antibiotic use without harming profitability is an actual possibility

Ten million people are at risk due to antibiotic resistance, ensures the “Antimicrobial Resistance Review” published by the United Kingdom government in 2014. Of...

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...

Healthy water, healthy birds

Since birds consume as much water as feed providing a clean, safe and sanitized water supply is crucial for assuring modern poultry flocks perform...

Raising turkeys without antibiotics

Alternative management – paying attention to detail and supportive care strategies can be utilized to produce turkeys without antibiotics in this new era.Dr. Steven...

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...

Ileal amino acids digestibility in response to increasing phytase dose or MCP levels in...

Commercial broiler feed is formulated mainly with plant based ingredients including cereals and oil seeds. These ingredients provide low available P because 70-80% of...

How to minimize peracetic acid exposure in poultry plants

Peracetic acid has been used increasingly in the food and medical industries as a disinfectant, and its use in poultry processing has further enhanced...

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...

Impact of investment in Hendrix Genetics’ breeding and testing program

With the upcoming release of the new performance standards for Hendrix Genetics’ laying hens, it is important to examine factors contributing to the genetic...

Stork inline thigh filleting up to high capacities

Thigh meat consumption on the rise - a global trend The market for thigh filleting is opening up, offering plenty of opportunities worldwide. To benefit...

Solar energy ensures cost-efficiency

Solar energy radiation means revenues – at least for farmers who have successfully harnessed renewable energies. However, with the latest amendment to the Renewable...

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...

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...

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