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Poultry Producers Recount Positive Experiences with Merial’s Vaxxitek HVT+IBD
Vaxxitek HVT+IBD is a vaccine produced by animal health company Merial to protect birds against infectious bursal disease (also known as Gumboro Disease) and Marek’s Disease in chickens....
Healthy Water, Healthy Birds
Since birds consume twice as much water as feed, providing a clean, safe and sanitised water supply is crucial for assuring modern poultry flocks perform their best....
Broiler Growth Traits Can Still Improve Further
While it took 84 days to produce a 1.8 kg broiler from 3.25 kg of feed back in the 1950s, there are broilers today that achieve this body weight after just 28 days from 1.4 kg of feed. Dr Ron Meijerhof talked about the prospects for further improvements...
Chicken Producers Don’t Use Growth Hormones - Here are the Reasons Why
Widespread misunderstanding and disconnection from farming amongst the general public has led to the common belief that poultry producers use growth hormones to make broilers grow faster and produce more meat. However, this is a myth. Scientists at the...
A Simple Guide to the Nutritional Requirements of Poultry
Poultry diets are made up of a mixture of several different feedstuffs including cereal grains, soybean meal, animal by-product meals, fats, and vitamin and mineral premixes. Together with fresh water, these elements provide the energy and nutrients essential...
Can Providing Feed and Water on Hatching Improve Chick Health?
Treena Hein talks to poultry experts about new systems that provide feed and water to newly hatched chicks....
Optimising Poultry Health Through Vitamins
Vitamins should no longer be considered important only in preventing symptoms of deficiency, but also for optimising flock health. Article by Alfred Blanch, Spain....
How Do Poultry Adaptive Immune Systems Protect Birds from Harm?
Professor Bernd Kaspers, University of Munich, discusses the health threats poultry face, and aspects of the adaptive immune system that helps to fight off infection....
Comparing Butyrate Products by Evaluating Enteric Butyrate Release Profiles
Sodium butyrate is a molecule that is well known for its ability to elicit many effects at the cellular or microbiological level in several tissues. For example, it can be used as an energy source by epithelial cells lining the intestinal tract, reduce...
Healthy Chickens, Healthy Flocks
Chickens are domestic livestock, so they depend on their keepers for their well-being. Their needs are simple but unless they get the care they need, they are at risk, writes Christine Heinrichs....
Why do Mycotoxins Lead to Decreased Productivity and Profitability in Animal Production?
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by higher animals....
Necrotic Enteritis, Coccidiosis - Multifactorial Role of Butyrate on Intestinal Health
In the poultry industry the difference between making profit or loss is often determined by the incidence of infectious diseases, writes Pauline Paap, Orffa Additives B.V. ...
Colistin - The Latest European Antibiotic Resistance Challenge
Europe appears to have been thrown into turmoil following the release of a paper by Liu and colleagues (2015), describing the emergence of a plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism, mcr-1 gene, in China, writes David Burch, Veterinarian, Octagon...
A Closer Look at Avian Influenza
Avian influenza (AI) is without a doubt one of the biggest concerns for the world’s poultry industry, writes Melanie Epp....
Avian Influenza in the US: What Really Happened?
Dozens of recent news articles have reported on the facts, findings and frequent updates regarding the recent outbreaks of avian influenza in the United States, writes Prof Guillermo Zavala from the University of Georgia. ...
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