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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Managing bird behaviour in organic production systems

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Effective ventilation key to Cobb500™ development

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Effective ventilation plays a key role in the health and performance of broiler flocks. Nigel Strain, Cobb senior regional technical manager for Europe, the...

Biosecurity in poultry farming: an effective tool to fight infectious diseases

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This is the first of a series of technical articles on biosecurity in poultry farming produced within the European project “NetPoulSafe - Networking European...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Diagnostic strategies for the control of avian Mycoplasmas

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Mycoplasmas are bacteria without the cell wall which cause infections in poultry especially at respiratory and articular level. They are the smallest single-celled organisms found...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Identification of broiler poultry house dust components using chemical and physical analysis

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Dust found in poultry housing is a complex substance most likely comprised of a mixture of excreta, feather, feed and bedding material. M. Ahaduzzaman, L....

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...

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...

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...

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)...

Considerations for a better quality of chicks

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During the incubation period, embryonic growth and development are affected by different factors, as breeder age, the incubation temperature and the availability of egg...

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...

Biosecurity, the basics

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By biosecurity we mean those measures aimed at reducing the risk of introducing and spreading infectious agents on farms, i.e. bio-exclusion and bio-containment measures. Luigi...

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....

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

The impact of anthelmintic resistance in parasites of poultry

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Impact of layer alternative systems on management and production costs

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The use of alternative systems in layer farming has increased in the commercial egg industry due to pressure arising from consumers concerns about hen...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Research shows practical method to reduce litter moisture

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Targeted approaches to achieving good litter quality

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Turkeys spend their life in close contact with litter material. The aim is to establish and maintain good, dry litter conditions and an environment...

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