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...

Spent hens: Can we improve their welfare?

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

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...

The effect of monochromatic photo-stimulation on growth and reproduction of broiler birds

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Broilers in-ovo or with post hatch photo-stimulation with green light (GL) were heavier from dark incubated birds. Furthermore, we defined the cellular and molecular...

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 future of brooding

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It is essential that newly hatched poults are provided with the best possible starting conditions in brooding. This is a fundamental first step to...

Cleaning and disinfection as strategic tools for avian production

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Biosecurity, defined as all measures taken to prevent both the introduction and the spread of infectious agents on the farm, is of key importance...

Navigating an antibiotic-free and reduced antibiotic use poultry industry

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Antibiotics are a type of antimicrobial medication used to treat infections caused by bacteria. In the 1930s, a sulfonamide was the first commercially available...

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...

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...

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...

In ovo injection of oregano essential oil at different pH affects hatchability and post-hatching...

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The dynamic complexity of the developing embryo requires the maintenance of differentiated compartments with the capacity to maintain independent environments required to optimise their...

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...

Researchers evaluate the effects of heat stress in poults

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announced the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in which researchers evaluated the effects...

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...

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...

Controlling water temperature during brooding

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Though there is a wide range of opinions on the optimal drinking water temperature for young chicks, the fact is farm managers actually have...

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...

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...

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...

Farmers’ perceived importance of biosecurity practices and actual performance on farm

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It is prudent in today’s age that farmers uphold high-level compliance of biosecurity practices on Australian commercial chicken farms. This is especially so with...

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...

Impact of stress on feather cover of laying hens

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Feather pecking is a behavior in which individual laying hens peck repetitively at the plumage of conspecifics, causing poor feather. Although FP can be...

Backyard chickens

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

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...

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...

LED lights in turkey farms

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With the rise of the energy efficient light emitting diode – LED – bulbs in today’s market, there is an opportunity to refine...

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...

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...

Graded levels of stocking density for turkey toms raised to 16 weeks of age

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Stocking density can be one of the most important drivers of economic return; however it can greatly influence bird performance, health, and welfare. In...

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...

Pulsed ultraviolet light processing of eggs

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In recent years, pulsed ultraviolet light has been shown to reduce microbial pathogens on the surface of shell eggs, crucial for maintaining good chick...

Balancing beetles with the bottom line

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Darkling beetles, commonly referred to as litter beetles, are a widely encountered pest for those in the broiler production industry. Litter beetles are holometabolous...

Understanding and managing water for successful flocks

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Water is the single greatest input into the production of poultry products such as eggs and meat. The fact water is a relatively inexpensive...

Brooding

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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...

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...

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...

Economics of broiler production systems in the Netherlands

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In 2017, farmers of conventional, slower growing and biological broiler strains had similar incomes. The so-called ‘middle segment’ systems, the Dutch Retail Broiler (DRB)...

Egg bacteriological study

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Eggs from 10 commercial brands were selected in different types of housing: cage and on the floor (free of cage) obtained from 4 supermarket...

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...

Enhancing turkey welfare one step at a time

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Researchers of Wageningen Livestock Research have been able to define when a turkey takes a step. This is an important milestone to automating gait...

Housing systems in laying hen husbandry- First part

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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...

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...

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...

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

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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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Foodborne pathogens in poultry production

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Foodborne pathogens continue as a considerable threat to public health. Intensification of livestock production, especially poultry, facilitates diseases transmission by increasing population size and...

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...

Hot weather management

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

Ammonia control during brooding begins when previous flock ends

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The level of ammonia young chicks will be exposed to during the first week of their lives is determined to a large extent by...

Partially slotted flooring systems for market toms – What are the possibilities?

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Avian influenza virus is stable longer in moist and cool conditions. Depending on seasonal and production conditions barn air and litter (bedding) moisture can...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Understanding egg quality

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Egg quality is multi-faceted, with physical, functional, and microbial aspects contributing to egg quality. Research has shown that many factors impact egg quality including...

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 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...

Management techniques for a hot climate

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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...

Effects of corticosterone injection at embryonic day eleven on broiler growth and tonic immobility

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Elevated corticosterone in ovo can have significant lasting impacts in avian species, including poultry. Stress in broiler breeder hens can lead to elevated corticosterone...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Animal breeding reduces environmental impacts

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Results of a study show that breeding reduces environmental impacts of animal products by about 1% per year. This is achieved without specific selection...

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...

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...

Higher stocking densities decrease performance without altering turkey meat quality

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Quality of turkey meat is important but consumers are also concerned for the well-being of animals raised for meat production. However, some in the...

Housing systems in laying hen husbandry – second part

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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...

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....

Biosecurity practices and investments implemented by today’s poultry producers

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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...

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...

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