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Chinese Herbs as Alternatives to Antibiotics in Feed for Swine and Poultry Production
Potential of Chinese herbs and challenges in their application are explored in this review from a Sino-Canadian research group....
GB Emerging Threats Report: Avian Diseases: January-March (Q1) 2014
Among the highlights included in this quarterly report are ongoing issues with reovirus-associated tenosynovitis in broilers and Marek’s disease in turkeys. Marek’s disease virus genome has also been detected in a goose. Vitamin B2 deficiency was...
Effect of Arginine Supplementation of Broiler Breeder Hens on Progeny Performance
This Brazilian work reveals that supplementation of the broiler breeder diet with the amino acid, arginine, had little effect on the progeny but there were benefits in terms of improved performance, meat yield and bone strength with higher arginine levels...
Keeping the Hatchery Free of Aspergillus
Advice on the prevention and treatment of Aspergillus mould in the hatchery from Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform....
Anticoccidial-sensitivity Testing Shows Consistency, Efficacy of Lasalocid
Recent testing of the most widely used in-feed anticoccidials show they all produce variable results with different Eimeria isolates, but the divalent ionophore, lasalocid, produced the best combination of efficacy and consistency, according to Zoetis....
What Could Cause Feathers to Fall out of Chickens?
There are several possible causes for feather loss, explains the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. ...
Use of Live Oocyst Vaccine in the Control of Turkey Coccidiosis
Live oocyst vaccination can be used effectively as a preventive against avian coccidiosis in commercially reared turkeys, concluded the scientists from their results of this experiment in Brazil....
Research Examines Impact of Stocking Density in Enriched Colony Cages
Researchers at Michigan State University found minimal differences in measures of production and well-being at the various stocking densities, from 464 to 929 square centimetres per bird during the period of 17 to 69 weeks of age, and suggest that future...
Effects of Broiler Production System on Health Care Costs
A Wageningen University study found differences in health costs between farms in the Netherlands but they were unable to identify any significant effects of the broiler production system on these costs, which were very low compared to other expenses such...
GB Emerging Threats Report: Avian Diseases: October-December (Q4) 2013
Among the highlights in this quarterly report are the re-emergence of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection in China as well as in the UK the detection of livestock-associated MRSA and reovirus-associated tenosynovitis in broilers....
Managing Turkeys for Optimum Health and Performance
As pressure increases to reduce further antibiotic use in animal production, we need to come up with smarter ways to prevent and control diseases. Editor, Jackie Linden, reports on some of the work to come up with effective alternative solutions from...
Transmission of Influenza Viruses from Animals to Humans
Ron Fouchier from the Erasmus Medical Centre explains how influenza viruses jump from animals to people and what can be done to mitigate risks for public health....
Effect of Dietary Levels of Canola Meal on Performance, Digestibility and Gut Morphology of Broilers
A new experiment in Brazil reveals that canola meal can be added at levels up to 16.7 per cent in diets for broilers without affecting the key variables of growth performance. Higher inclusion had some adverse effects on nutrient digestibility and the...
Antibiotics in Livestock and Poultry Production
Developed by the American Meat Institute (AMI) to improve the accuracy of reporting on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production, these Top Ten tips help to clarify some of the myths and misconceptions for everyone involved in these...
Health Check for Poultry Against Avian Influenza
A brief overview of recent research by USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists into the avian influenza virus as they investigate the types of viruses involved, the role of ducks and the vaccines available....
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