Raising broilers antibiotic-free

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Best management practices are a key component in raising chicken without antibiotic with more attention to details of production and biosecurity.

Outdoor broilers behavioural time budgets

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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.

Automated assessment of health and welfare in commercial broiler chicken flocks using optical flow

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Assessing the health and welfare of growing broiler chickens is mainly done post mortem, using measures taken at the slaughter plant (% birds with...

Fear in turkeys, implications for productivity and wellbeing

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From an evolutionary standpoint, fear is an adaptive response that promotes survival by enabling animals to avoid injury and death. Because of the important impact that fear has on animal well-being, fear has formed the basis of many scientific studies and is included as part of welfare assessment programs such as the Welfare Quality Assessment Protocol for poultry.

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

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

Turkey breeder health, new welfare challenges and demands

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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.

Evaluation of a novel slow-growing strain for chicken meat

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The slow-growing broiler (SGB) strain offers an alternative chicken meat choice, while appealing to the ‘niche’ market and attracting a premium price. SGBs have...

Aviagen slower-growing breeds get seal of approval from key European welfare schemes

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Europe is experiencing an increase in demand for slower-growing breeds. The momentum of this poultry market sector is likely to follow on an upward...

The effect of electrolyte supplementation on behaviour and performance of broilers

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The present experiment was designed to investigate the effects of electrolyte supplementation in alleviating the harmful effects of high temperature for one day prior...

Insights into hunger will aid poultry welfare

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Brain processes controlling hunger in birds and poultry are to be examined, to better understand how stress experienced during development in the egg impacts...

Common global poultry welfare practices

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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...

Evaluating hen behaviour and physiological stressors during Ventilation Shut Down

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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...

Vencomatic Group and Orbem announce a strategic partnership for in ovo sexing of poultry...

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Vencomatic Group (VMG), a family-owned supplier of innovative solutions for the international poultry industry, and Orbem, a leading deep-tech imaging and AI technology company,...

Gut health in poultry production: why, what and how

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Gut health has become a dominant topic in the global poultry industry. But why did the topic emerge to become so important to the...

Broiler breeders are calmer when fed twice a day

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Broiler breeders which are fed twice a day display less foraging and pecking behaviour and more eating and resting behaviour. Furthermore, some birds even...

Broiler management and feed formulation approaches in hot environments

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High temperatures can be an obstacle in livestock production particularly in tropical regions. Broilers are more susceptible to high ambient temperatures because they lack...

Comprehensive study concludes chicken embryo pain perception starts on day 13th of incubation

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The comprehensive study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture has revealed that the perception of pain in chicken embryos begins...

New board research initiative grant focused on animal welfare

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$110,000 in funding for a new research grant addressing animal welfare. The topic and request for proposal were selected by the USPOULTRY board of...

New animal welfare labelling system

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The conclusions of the animal welfare labelling subgroup of the Commission’s Animal Welfare Platform were released. Copa and Cogeca welcomes the main conclusions of...

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