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The Sustainable Development Goals: Can livestock deliver?
As the world faces ever more pressing social and environmental challenges, livestock production has come under the spotlight...
Why trace mineral supplements are pivotal for breeder efficiency
Genetic selection has dramatically increased the performance of broiler and layer breeders, which also increased the overall demand for supplemental nutrients in diets...
IKEA: building a ‘better’ future for food sustainability
Better known for its flat-packs, furniture giant IKEA has quietly become a leading force in the future of sustainable food...
Herbs and spices: a sustainable alternative to antibiotics?
The ban of antibiotic use in most European countries, the threat of emerging pathogens and an ever-increasing demand for poultry products all put pressure on the need for sustainable therapeutic aids in poultry production. Herbs and spices, in their various...
Fundamental rules to keeping backyard chickens
To a first time chicken keeper, the thought of keeping your flock safe and healthy can seem daunting. However, experienced flock owners will tell you that, once you understand the basics, chickens will largely take care of themselves. Experience has taught...
Here’s what the egg farm of the future looks like
NETHERLANDS - By placing hen welfare and the planet first, can you come up with a better business model for egg production? The innovators at Dutch farm Kipster think so...
What’s the real issue with early chick feeding?
Dr Keith Bramwell, senior technical advisor to the Jamesway Incubator Company, presents the pros and cons of giving commercial chicks immediate access to food and water. ...
A laser-like focus on disease prevention
Biosecurity measures are integral to the prevention of avian influenza and other avian diseases, and poultry farmers must remain vigilant and take all necessary steps to ensure their flocks remain clear of the virus...
Protecting the immune system in poultry - Early vaccination with Vaxxitek HVT-IBD
The economical impact of immunosuppression in poultry can be huge....
Making the grade: Aviagen's online grading tools help maximise flock potential
Aviagen has developed a set of online grading tools to help with the grading process and enhance flock uniformity - making your flocks easier to manage, be more predictable in response and have more persistent production...
Robots: the new frontier in poultry production
While uptake is slow, robotics promises to improve poultry production efficiencies and ultimately boost food security ...
Is precision poultry production possible?
While detailed behaviour tracking in larger livestock has proved a valuable tool for improving efficiency, a poultry flock’s greater population and erratic habits have made chickens much harder to pin down. Until now. Meet the Swiss researchers whose...
What happens to chickens at processing plants?
The processing plant is the midway point in the farm-to-fork food chain. The goal for processing plants is simple: transform healthy flocks using well-maintained equipment, operated under sanitary conditions, and with effective food safety systems, into...
Advanced genetics and genomics tackle constraints on smallholder poultry production
New innovation and technologies will result in vaccines becoming even more efficient and playing a greater role in disease prevention...
In ovo feeding: ingesting the facts
The quality of a newly hatched chick is a major factor in determining its health, liveability and growth. However, many poultry farmers will tell you that they have seen the proportion of weak or low-quality chicks arriving from the hatchery increase...
 
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