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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

Biosecurity. Cleaning and disinfection on an organic poultry farm

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All who work or visit poultry farms must adhere to the guidance of the farm management when it comes to biosecurity protocols. There are...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Effects of early enrichment on range use in free-range laying hens

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Free-range laying hen production systems are perceived to be preferable for hens’ ethological needs. However, not all hens use the range daily with some...

Quick molt diets and programs

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Induced molting is a process conducted by many commercial egg producers to extend the productive life of the laying hen. The main objective of...

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...

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...

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.

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