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UK Avian Disease Emerging Threats Report: January-March 2015
The UK's avian disease emerging threats report for the first quarter of 2015 describes cases of enterococcal and streptococcal infections, colibacillosis of several types, and an unusual diagnosis of leucocis in chickens....
Economic Implications of the 2014-2015 Bird Flu
As the infection rate of avian influenza in the US slows, the economic implications could be only just beginning, write John Newton and Todd Kuethe from the University of Illinois' Farmdoc Daily project....
Bird Flu Rocking Heart of US Turkey Production Region
The US poultry sector and in particular the turkey sector has been rocked by incidents of avian influenza since the turn of the year....
Fat Coating of Calcium Butyrate Results in Extended Butyrate Release in the Gut of Broilers
Fat coating of butyrate results in absorption along the entire intestinal tract in broilers, offering an explanation for the described beneficial effects as a growth promoter, according to a team of Belgian and Dutch researchers....
Effect of Multi-enzymes in Combination with a Direct-fed Microbial on Performance and Welfare in Commercial Broilers
This experiment conducted by a multinational team revealed that a combination of feed enzymes and direct-fed microbial improved the feed efficiency, health and welfare of broilers reared under conditions similar to those used commercially....
Effects of Vaccine Combinations against Mycoplasma gallisepticum on Egg Characteristics of Commercial Layer Chickens
A new study at Mississippi State University reveals that one or two selected vaccines against Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) can be administered to pullets at 10 weeks of age and a further vaccination at 45 weeks of age without adversely affecting eqq...
Atypical Velogenic Newcastle Disease in a Commercial Layer Flock in Japan
Ten years on from an outbreak of disease in a Japanese layer flock thought to be caused by infectious bronchitis, scientists have also identified a velogenic Newcastle disease virus....
Growth-promoting Effects of Prebiotic Yeast Cell Wall Products in Broiler Chicks
The two yeast products tested at Texas A&M University improved the growth and feed conversion of broilers up to 21 days of age when the birds were challenged with the pathogen causing necrotic enteritis, and a combination of the products was more effective...
Fighting Newcastle and Other Poultry Diseases
Researchers with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Georgia, have reported progress in their work to prevent outbreaks of Newcastle disease and other diseases that pose a risk to poultry producers across the world....
Protective Immunity Against Influenza H5N1 Virus Challenge in Chickens by Recombinant Lactococcus
Researchers from Nanchang in China have found a novel oral vaccine to be effective against the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in chickens....
Antibiotic-free Poultry Production: Is It Sustainable?
According to the author of this review, companies considering raising poultry without antibiotics need to be aware that there may be adverse effects on bird health, production efficiency and cost....
Factors Influencing Bird Heat Production in Tunnel-ventilated Broiler Houses
New research at the University of Georgia reveals trends in bird heat production and loss that can help broiler growers and integrators to minimise heat stress in their birds during hot weather....
Effect of Coccidia Challenge and Natural Betaine Supplementation on Broiler Chickens Fed Suboptimal Level of Methionine
Dietary betaine supplementation helped alleviate the adverse effects of a coccidiosis challenge on nutrient digestibility and performance in young broiler chickens in this experiment....
Effects of Four Different Doses of E. coli Phytase on Femur Properties of 16-week-old Turkeys
Dietary supplementation with a phytase enzyme improved the geometric, densitometric and mechanical properties of the femur leg bone in turkeys in this Polish experiment....
Effects of Dietary Supplementation with Probiotic or Synbiotic on Broiler Haematology and Intestinal Integrity
Supplementation of probiotic and synbiotics had positive effects on the performance of broilers, thereby improving their haematological and intestinal histological aspects, according to new research from Kurdistan in Iraq....
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