Light intensity and led lights

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Light intensity can be measured in three ways: luminous intensity, luminous flux and luminous power. Led Lights are here analyzed. Luminous flux is the total...

Optimal outdoor stocking density in free-range hens

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Consumer concern for laying hen welfare is leading to an increase in alternative housing systems that provide valued resources designed to cater to hens’...

Management of slow growing broilers for profit

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

Windrowing properly done

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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...

Turkey farming – A brief review of welfare and husbandry issues

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

Ventilation and heating issues during cold weather

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Many problems during cool and cold weather can be traced to inappropriate ventilation rates. Poor broiler health, respiratory problems, and breast blisters are common...

Salmonella control in broiler breeders

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

New technologies in housing, equipment and computer controls

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The poultry housing and equipment industry continues to develop, introducing new technologies in line with trends in modern communications and ventilation systems. As expected...

Poultry lighting

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With LED technologies, farmers can today vary the color, intensity and photoperiod of the poultry lighting in houses and barns to improve production. While incandescent,...

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

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

Pre-Placement checklist

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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...

Broilers perform better with intermittent lighting programs

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

Turkey Breeding – Making the most of genetic potential

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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...

A practical approach to broiler breeder management in the absence of beak treatment –...

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In the absence of beak treatment adhering to proven and agreed best practice management practices is key. The roles of good stockmanship and promoting...

10 alerting signs of poor ventilation

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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...

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

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

Seminars highlighting innovations in broiler farming

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

Maintaining hatching egg quality through good hygiene and handling

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

Poultry house environmental control during cold weather

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Most people think minimum ventilation in a poultry house is all about air quality but that is only partially correct. First one should define...

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...

Poultry litter pasteurisation

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

Big data for poultry – first part

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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...

Different light sources

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

Improving hens health and productivity

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Scientists at Roslin and two other institutions receive funding from FFAR to improve health and productivity of egg-laying hens. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture...

The Finnish Landrace Breed and a successful conservation program in Finland

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Finnish landrace breed chicken is classified as a light egg layer. Meat is also consumed subsistence production and it is described as tasteful. There is...

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

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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...

The challenging world of a primary breeder, matching genetic programs to market requirements

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It is Hubbard’s genetic commitment to offer a wide range of products ranging from conventional cost-efficient broilers to slow(er) growing Premium chickens. It is...

Researchers develop practical solar heater for poultry houses

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., in which researchers...

Researchers use laser for broiler house enrichment

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

Best practice in egg production

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How robust management and proactive measures can drive best practice for egg production on poultry farms. In partnership with Cobb, this article examines best practice...

Spotty Liver Disease in cage-free brown laying hens

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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...

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...

Some common issues of the first week in brooding turkey poults

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Turkey poults are very sensitive to environmental conditions and any uncomfortable situation very quickly leads to a problem and even sometimes a disaster. Any...

Developing and implementing Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs)

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As part of the modernization programs at USDA, FSIS is amending the egg products inspection regulations and is now requiring plants that produce egg...

Eco-friendly heating for efficient poultry breeding

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The new standards for commercial poultry breeding have been requiring more sustainable, efficient and cleaner technologies. Along with it, the organic poultry production is...

Cobb suggesting management tips to maximize male fertility

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The role of males in poultry breeding is extremely important. Each male is responsible for fertilizing 10 or more females. Each hen produces at...

Breeding for robustness in turkeys

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

Biosecurity – practical tips to minimize the human risk of contamination

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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...

Alternative systems: pros and cons

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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...

How to improve indoor air quality in poultry housing

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

Research shows limited effectiveness for two darkling beetle control products

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

Optimal fat utilisation by Intra Liposol at broilers

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It is difficult - especially for young animals - to optimally digest the range of fats and oils in the diet. This leads to...

Factors that contribute to consistent quality poult starts

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The process of egg production, hatching, processing and delivery of a quality poult are all important and stressful points that impact the lives of...

Light intensity preferences of broiler chickens in farms

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

How to minimize peracetic acid exposure in poultry plants

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

A correct lighting is essential in poultry houses

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Many poultry producers appreciate the importance of light in maximising performance. Whether chickens or turkeys, laying hens, commercial growers or parent stock, all poultry...

Antibiotic-Free turkey production

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The production of turkeys without the use of antibiotics is an increasingly common goal across the globe due to the focus on antimicrobial resistance....

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

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

Biosecurity and surveillance in times of Avian Influenza

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Biosecurity is today a primary factor in farming. The poultry world has entered a new era driven by increasingly demanding consumer and regulatory expectations....

How to house happy birds by Vencomatic Group

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

Minimizing antibiotic use in broiler production

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Many countries are being asked to reduce or eliminate antibiotic use in poultry, due to growing concerns about the use of antibiotics in food-producing...

Exterior and interior strategies for rodent control

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As the weather cools, rodents seek refuge indoors where there is easy access to food and water. Rodents are vectors for spreading disease, which...

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...

Some basic suggestions to improve breeder management

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

Intra Chickpaper: double grip prevents legs to slip in chicks

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Splayed legs in chicks is a condition that occurs in newly hatched chicks. It is caused by a weakness or injury in the tendons...

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...

Big data for poultry. What is possible? – second part

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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...

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

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

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...

Healthy water, healthy birds

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

Alternative housing system’s impact on feeding pullets and layers

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In order to satisfy consumer demands for their food to be produced a more “humane” manner the retail outlets are pushing the egg industry...

Raising turkeys without antibiotics

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

Raising Pullets in Alternative Systems

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Productive and profitable layers begin with good quality pullets. Having the correct body weight and body type at the start of egg production will...

Current trends in litter management

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

Hot weather management and nutrition

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Thermoregulation is the ability of birds to maintain their body temperature across a range of environmental temperatures and in hot weather. Turkeys use a...

Visual identification of potential feather pecking

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Feather pecking behaviour is common in floor-housed laying hens a behavior, which is positively associated with developing feather pecking habits. It has been suggested that...

Performance benefits of probiotic and protease in broilers subject to Eimeria challenge

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Consumer pressure and government regulations are driving US poultry industry to remove antibiotic growth promoter (AGP) from poultry production. Nutrition program including feed additives is...

Poultry house climate

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

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

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

Cage free pullet management

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

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

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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...

A practical approach to broiler breeder management in the absence of beak treatment –...

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In the absence of beak treatment management strategies, which ensure appropriate bird development and growth and the provision of adequate environment and stimuli, which...

Resources and tools to write a good biosecurity plan

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Poultry industries in the United States (U.S.) have been in a unique situation after the 2014-2015 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak. Analysis and epidemiology of the...

Managing turkeys coming into lay

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The first few weeks between transfer of turkeys to the laying farm and the peak of production can have a big influence on flock...

Best practice in biosecurity

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How to effectively manage and reinforce best practice in biosecurity on broiler farms This article examines best practice in broiler production, focusing specifically on biosecurity....

Welfare and cost benefits through automated grading and vaccination

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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...

Minimizing interventions for turkey beak treatment in Germany

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Germany wants to play a leading role in Europe in poultry and turkey welfare issues. Fundamental changes have been made to husbandry systems during...

Managing heat and minimum ventilation systems in the broiler house

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When outside temperatures drop and gas prices rise, maintaining the desired inside broiler house air temperature and ventilating to meet air quality needs can...

Best practice in management

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How management best practice can help support profitability on broiler farms In partnership with Cobb, this new series of articles will examine best practice in...

The effect of on-range insect feeding on range usage of free range laying hens

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In Australia, on-range feeding of free-range laying hens can be frequently observed and is especially common in mobile sheds. While the biosecurity risk of...

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