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Broiler Growth Traits Can Still Improve Further
While it took 84 days to produce a 1,8 kg broiler from 3,25 kg of feed back in the 1950s, there are broilers today that achieve this body weight after just 28 days from 1,4 kg of feed. Dr Ron Meijerhof talked about the prospects for further improvements...
Chemicals from Old Poultry Houses Can Contaminate Eggs
Chickens foraging on soils containing environmental pollutants can accumulate these chemicals in their tissues and eggs. A study by Piskorska-Pliszczynska et al. assessed levels of dioxins in eggs produced in Poland, in some cases finding concentrations...
Chicken Producers Don’t Use Growth Hormones - Here are the Reasons Why
Widespread misunderstanding and disconnection from farming amongst the general public has led to the common belief that poultry producers use growth hormones to make broilers grow faster and produce more meat. However, this is a myth. Scientists at the...
A Simple Guide to the Nutritional Requirements of Poultry
Poultry diets are made up of a mixture of several different feedstuffs including cereal grains, soybean meal, animal by-product meals, fats, and vitamin and mineral premixes. Together with fresh water, these elements provide the energy and nutrients essential...
Can Providing Feed and Water on Hatching Improve Chick Health?
Treena Hein talks to poultry experts about new systems that provide feed and water to newly hatched chicks....
The Combined Vaccine Approach to Protecting Poultry from Marek's, IBD
Marek’s disease virus (MDV) and infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) are the causative agents of Marek’s disease (MD) and infectious bursal disease (IBD), also called Gumboro disease, two of the most serious diseases of chickens which are of major...
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - Oceania’s Growth Linked to Australia
Poultry meat consumption rises in Oceania are beating the world average, reports industry analyst Terry Evans....
Optimising Poultry Health Through Vitamins
Vitamins should no longer be considered important only in preventing symptoms of deficiency, but also for optimising flock health. Article by Alfred Blanch, Spain....
Best Practice in the Hatchery: Transfer
At around day 18 of incubation, eggs have to be taken out of the setters, moved from setter trays to hatcher baskets and transferred into hatchers to complete their last three days of incubation. ...
Campylobacter Risks: How Retailers Are Helping to Safeguard the Public
For poultry producers, processors, and retailers, delivering a safe product to their consumers is of vital importance. ...
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - A Quarter of the Population Will Live in Africa
The continent of Africa recorded substantial growth in poultry production since 2000, with South Africa one of the most important players in the region, writes industry analyst Terry Evans....
How Do Poultry Adaptive Immune Systems Protect Birds from Harm?
Professor Bernd Kaspers, University of Munich, discusses the health threats poultry face, and aspects of the adaptive immune system that helps to fight off infection....
Comparing Butyrate Products by Evaluating Enteric Butyrate Release Profiles
Sodium butyrate is a molecule that is well known for its ability to elicit many effects at the cellular or microbiological level in several tissues. For example, it can be used as an energy source by epithelial cells lining the intestinal tract, reduce...
Mycotoxins: Everlasting Problem in Poultry Nutrition
The current mycotoxin situation in the EU is dramatic and any corn or wheat imported from Eastern or Central Europe might contain extremely high concentrations of deoxynivalenol (DON) and zearalenone (ZEN)....
Healthy Chickens, Healthy Flocks
Chickens are domestic livestock, so they depend on their keepers for their well-being. Their needs are simple but unless they get the care they need, they are at risk, writes Christine Heinrichs....
 
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