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Spotlight on Turkey Research
Recent research has shed new light on the likely causes of foot pad dermatitis in turkeys, an alternative to antibiotics that improves growing bird performance and a new treatment that aims to improve breast meat quality....
Higher Welfare, Biosecurity and Yields through Turkey Processing Automation
Over the past half century the turkey industry has seen significant changes in the methods used to harvest meat....
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....
Incubation Temperature Profiles Affect Broiler Feathering
This North Carolina State University study - looking at the effects of incubation temperature, breeder feeding programme and litter management on feather follicle development of broilers - may help to improve broiler welfare and reduce the incidence of...
Effects of Environmental Enrichment and Beak-trimming During Rearing on Subsequent Feather-pecking in Laying Hens
Beak trimming performed on pullets during the rearing period appeared to be effective in reducing the expression of severe feather pecking during the laying period in this Australian study....
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....
Welfare and Performance in Layers Following Temporary Exclusion from the Litter Area on Introduction to Layer Facility
Temporary exclusion from the litter area on introducing pullets to the laying facility had no adverse impacts on the welfare of the birds and even improved some parameters of well-being, according to new Swedish research....
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....
Risk Factors for Development of Vent Pecking and Cannibalism in Free-range and Organic Laying Hens
A new study from the University of Bristol confirms the link between severe feather pecking and vent pecking or cannibalism and identifies some management factors that appear to increase the likelihood of these undesirable behaviours....
New Chicks: What to Do Once They Arrive
Tips from a poultry expert with Purina Animal Nutrition for hobby flock owners on how to give their new chicks the best possible start in life....
Broiler Chicken Welfare Assessment in GLOBALGAP-certified and Non-certified Farms in Brazil
Broiler producers in Brazil are achieving good standards of welfare for their birds, regardless of whether they participate in an international certification scheme, according to a new study....
Georgia Tech Researchers Think Outside the Box
A review of progress made in nine exploratory research projects in the last year by researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute in the US....
Effects of Transport Stress and Rest Before Slaughter on Blood Parameters and Meat Quality of Ducks
Transportation for two hours resulted in measurable stress in 42-day-old Pekin ducks in this Chinese study but these effects were mitigated by a two-hour rest period before slaughter....
Effects of Sawdust Thickness on the Performance, Environmental Condition and Welfare of Yellow Broilers
Increasing litter thickness was associated with improvements in the growth, air conditions and welfare of yellow broilers in this study from Yangzhou, China. ...
 
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