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Tool to Measure Biosecurity at Broiler Farms and Relationship with Performance and Antimicrobial Use
Research from Belgium using an online questionnaire to assess biosecurity on poultry farms reveals that while the theory is well understood, there is room for improvement in practice....
Backyard Chickens in the United States: Survey of Flock Owners
A survey of almost 1,500 owners of backyard poultry flocks in the US reveals information that may contribute to maintaining good biosecurity and improving the health and welfare of backyard flocks....
Using Litter Amendments during Broiler Grow-out for Better Production, Health and Environment
Studies by the University of Delaware show that repeated application of sodium bisulphate reduced ammonia emissions from broiler litter, as well as improving performance, foot pad health and Salmonella counts....
Necrotic Enteritis: Applications for the Poultry Industry
A review of the aetiology, epidemiology, predisposing factors, clinical signs, prevention and treatment of this economically important intestinal disease of poultry by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University....
Effect of Eggshell Abnormalities on Table Egg Quality during Storage
Eggshell apex abnormalities were found by researchers in Brazil to increase egg weight loss during storage and reduce shell strength but the internal quality of these egg was no different from those of normal shape....
Trust, Biosecurity Underpin 30-Year-Old Thai Egg Business
Visitors to the C&C Eggland Company located in Korjan in the Chonburi province of Thailand, cannot fail to be impressed by the level of biosecurity that the company insists upon, reports Stuart Lumb. ...
Comparison of Methods for the Detection of Salmonella in Poultry
Conventional methods as well as PCR were suitable for detection of Salmonella, according to a new study from the Free University of Berlin in Germany. Researchers also found differences between the sampling methods....
Poultry Mortality Disposal: Methods Following Catastrophic Loss
Preparing for a crisis is important to lessen the stress and confusion that can accompany disaster recovery. Dr Casey W. Ritz of the University of Georgia's Department of Poultry Science explains the options for the disposal of dead and culled poultry....
Developing Tools to Fight Marek’s Disease
Scientists with the USDA Agricultural Research service (ARS) are developing new tests and vaccines that are making it easier to detect viruses in chickens and protect them from the cancer-like diseases some of them cause....
Links Between Locomotion, Litter Conditions and Bodyweight and Footpad Dermatitis in Turkeys
Footpad dermatitis and gait score were found to be related to bodyweight at market age by researchers at North Carolina State University following a survey of more than 40 commercial turkey flocks. They also found that litter condition was a major factor...
Effects of Grinding Method, Particle Size and Physical Form of Diet on Digestion in Laying Hens
New research from Germany reveals that feeding a coarsely ground or mash diet stimulates the development of the gut organs, and that mash feeding increases glucose transport capacity through changes in the intestinal microstructure....
Infection Interactions in Ethiopian Village Chickens
Because a number of the poultry pathogens studied and their interactions may impact village chicken health and production, control of these infections is likely to be of importance in future development planning, according to a new international study....
Effects of Dietary Gossypol Concentration on Growth and Health of Meat Ducks
Gossypol is an anti-nutritive factor found in cottonseed meal. A Chinese experiment suggests that total gossypol in the diet of meat ducks up to three weeks of age should not exceed 929mg per kg, and free gossypol concentration should be less than 77mg...
Effects of Feeding Different Postbiotic Metabolite Combinations on Egg Quality and Production Performance of Laying Hens
Post-biotic metabolite combinations can be used in the feed to increase productivity from hens without raising the risk of antibiotic resistance, according to new research from Malaysia....
Researchers Find Potential Link Between Feeding DDGS and Necrotic Enteritis in Broilers
High levels of DDGS (15 per cent) were found in studies at Auburn University to amplify mild to moderate cases of necrotic enteritis into more severe cases. Even with a mild case of necrotic enteritis, broiler performance was more adversely affected in...
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