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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...
Effect of Humic and Butyric Acid on Performance and Mortality in Broilers
During periods of high temperatures particularly, broilers fed a mixture of humic acid (MFG) and protected butyric acid demonstrated better growth and feed efficiency as well as lower mortality than others receiving no feed additives, according to new...
Proposed Changes to National Organic Program Will Have Limited Economic Effects
The estimated benefits associated with the proposed changes in organic broiler production in the US are likely to cover the additional costs, North Carolina State University researchers have calculated....
Breeder Feeding Restriction Programme and Incubation Temperatures Affect Progeny Footpad Development
Research at North Carolina State University reveals that broiler breeder feeding programme and incubator temperature profile impact the structure of the footpad....
Growth Performance of Fast-growing Broilers Reared under Different Types of Production Systems with Outdoor Access
Free-range broilers grew faster when housed in one fixed house than in small hoop houses, which became too hot in the summer in this study conducted in Arkansas. House type did not affect feed conversion, bone strength or foodborne pathogens in the environment....
Bacterial Chondronecrosis with Osteomyelitis in Broilers: Influence of Sire and Sex-separate Rearing
Two experiments at the University of Arkansas reveal a significant effect of sire line on the incidence of the leg condition, bacterial chondronecrosis with osteomyelitis (BCO) in broilers, especially after six weeks of age. Rearing the sexes separately...
Benefit of Swimming Access to Behaviour, Body and Plumage Condition and Heat Stress Effect of Local Ducks
This study from Indonesia indicates that access to water for swimming improves the conditions for ducks but there was no advantage in terms of egg production over other systems without such access to water....
European Poultry Conference Explores Challenging Welfare Issues
Welfare issues of modern broilers and laying hens were among the topics discussed at the recent European Poultry Conference, reports Dawn Scholey of Nottingham Trent University for ThePoultrySite. ...
Effect of Range Enrichment on Performance, Behaviour and Forage Intake of Free-range Chickens
Although there was no difference in bird performance, range enrichment in the form of olive trees was found to be beneficial for poultry in this experiment in Italy. Mortality was lower and the birds ranged further, ate more forage and had fewer injuries...
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...
Lameness Better Predicts Broiler Performance in Mobility Tests Than Other Bird Characteristics
According to Bristol University researchers, reduced mobility in broilers is closely linked to lameness (as assessed by gait score) and not to other bird factors such as weight. Affected birds may be experiencing pain or discomfort. ...
One Producer's Journey to Next Generation of Layer Housing
A Canadian egg producer explains the challenges and rewards of building a furnished cage system for his organisation's hens....
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. ...
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...
 
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