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Poultry farmers: how to take care of your mental health
As anyone who’s ever done it knows all too well, running a poultry farm can be a stressful endeavour. But how can you tell when the strain is having serious repercussions for your mental health? And what can you do to help yourself? Dr Nicola Davies,...
Why German consumers are willing to pay more for poultry from male birds
Organic farmers and a standards label in Germany are backing an experiment that might transform the egg industry, both commercially and in raising animal-welfare prospects. Instead of macerating male chicks they’re rearing them for meat...
Minimise condemnations: Protect profits through supplementation of HMTBa
Recent data has shown broilers supplemented with HMTBa (2-hydroxy 4-(methylthio) butanoic acid) as a methionine source exhibited fewer condemnations and higher livability consistently. ...
Why installing ramps can ease stress on new arrivals to aviaries
Swiss research shows ramps can improve transition from one phase to the next...
5 tips to increase profits from cage-free egg production
Egg producers can address the additional costs and new challenges of moving hens into cage-free environments by focusing on these five factors....
Aviagen's logistics/export manager on what it takes to get chickens to the other side of the world
Every day, Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross chicks begin an intricate journey from one of the many Aviagen supply bases to customers around the world...
Egg farming at the North Pole
How Canadian egg farmers and innovators plan to bring fresh eggs to the furthest reaches of Canada...
Loading egg incubators for optimal heat balance (Part 1)
It’s no secret that temperature differences in the incubator cause a wider hatch window and negatively affect chick uniformity....
Loading egg incubators for optimal heat balance (Part 2)
This series of 3 articles shows you the best possible ways to mix eggs from different flocks in the incubator. Now you understand the basic principles of heat production and exchange, we will explain how to correctly load the setter....
Optimising egg size in commercial layers
Each commercial variety has a genetically determined range of egg size, and within this range, environment plays an important role in the expression of egg size. Genetics, body weight management, nutrition, and lighting programs are the four pillars of...
Protease: A promising tool to alleviate losses due to necrotic enteritis
Necrotic enteritis has been estimated to affect up to 40 percent of commercial broiler flocks and is believed to cost the industry roughly 5 cents per broiler in the United States. On average, necrotic enteritis negatively impacts the global poultry industry...
Keel bone damage raises welfare concerns
Two Swiss research projects evaluate how keel bone damage impacts behaviour, productivity and mobility...
Halting in ovo vaccination not a good option for managing hatchery bacteria
Higher 7-day mortality from bacterial infections in the hatchery is no reason to stop in ovo vaccination for Marek’s and other diseases, according to a consulting poultry veterinarian...
Sustainability: the challenge of ranking hen housing systems
To date, decisions to move to cage-free egg production have been largely consumer and activist driven, especially in Europe. But in order to make a well-informed, science-based decision all possible parameters should be assessed, including hen welfare,...
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...
 
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