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Marek’s Disease in Small Flocks
This article from Christine Heinrichs explains the symptoms of Marek's Disease in poultry and how to prevent it occurring in small flocks....
Differential Diagnosis of Mycotoxin-Related GIT Lesions in Poultry
Mycotoxins are always present in animal feeds, although at varying levels, and affect different systems such as the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and visceral organs, writes Raj Murugesan....
Understanding and Combatting Mycotoxins in Poultry Feed
Understanding the occurrence and prevalence of mycotoxins and their effects on poultry is becoming more and more imperative as research over the last couple of decades has shown that mycotoxins are commonly prevalent in majority of feed ingredients....
One or Two Legs: Importance of Catching Method for Broiler Welfare
The catching of broilers prior to transport and slaughter is the subject of much concern from animal welfare organisations and the general public. A study by Nina Langkabel and colleagues in the August issue of Poultry Science looked at two possible ways...
Emerging UK Avian Disease Threats: January-March 2015
Threats of avian influenza, colibacillosis and unusual diagnoses of leucosis are among the disease detections in this report from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), which looks back at disease threats emerging during the first quarter of 2015....
Measuring Waddles in Ducks
Walking ability has an important impact on chicken health and welfare, and ducks are no different. A study published by Maja Makagon and colleagues in August's issue of Poultry Science evaluated a system for measuring waddles in Pekin ducks....
Alternatives to Antibiotic Growth Promoters in Poultry and Pigs
The use of antibiotics in feed for growth promotion has long been restricted in the EU, but there has been a lot of research activity looking at possible alternative compounds. This article looks at the potential for feed additives such as organic acids,...
Value of Using a Marek's Vector rHVT-H5 in Avian Influenza Vaccination
This article by Yannick Gardin and colleagues from Ceva describes the development of Vectormune® AI, and the benefits of the vaccine for protecting chickens from avian influenza....
Greater Bioavailability of Chelates Found When Compared to Inorganic Zinc in Broiler Chicks
A new study compared the bioavailability of different forms of zinc when fed to broilers with the objective of developing more effective and efficient poultry nutrition options for producers....
UK Disease Report: Necrotic Enteritis, Mycoplasma
Necrotic enteritis, a Mycoplasma outbreak and Salmonella all feature in this monthly Disease Surveillance Report from the UK's Animal and Plant Health Agency, which looks back at diseases reported in April 2015....
Impact of Feeding Chelates on Shell Quality, Tibia Strength and Immunity in Laying Hens
This study from researchers at Novus International looked at how changes in the trace mineral content of layer diets affects eggshell quality and other aspects of layer health and performance....
How to Keep Your Backyard Flock Cool and Comfortable in Summer
Help your flock stay happy and healthy by remembering these essential summertime tips from the Purina Animal Nutrition Centre....
Bed Bugs: Difficult Pests to Control in Poultry Breeder Flocks
Bed bug infestations in poultry houses have negative consequences for poultry health, welfare and productivity. In this article from Mississippi State University's MSU Cares project, researchers describe the life cycle of bed bugs, the impacts on flocks,...
UK Disease Report: Cases of Spinal Abscess, Marek's Disease
Cases of spinal abcess in broilers, Marek's disease in backyard pullets, and respiratory disease in pheasants all feature in this monthly Disease Surveillance Report from the UK's Animal and Plant Health Agency, which looks back at diseases reported in...
Spiking Mortality Syndrome in Broilers, Part 3
Although spiking mortality of broiler chickens is no longer a hot topic in the industry, it still is somewhat of a recurrent problem in several parts of the world. In Part 3 of this series, Angel I. Salazar focuses on sanitation, pest control, litter...
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