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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....
Phytase Superdosing: More Efficient Broiler Production Explained
Many end-users have now adopted the practice of superdosing, using higher phytase doses in feed to reduce the anti-nutritional effects of phytate (IP6) in pigs and poultry. This has proven to give additional animal performance benefits beyond standard...
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...
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....
Tree Planting Could Protect Free-Range Hens from Feather Pecking
Injurious feather-pecking in free-range systems is an economic and welfare concern for the egg-producing industry. Recent work from A Bright, R Gill and TH Willings looked at how access to tree cover affected levels of plumage damage through pecking....
Fumonisins in Poultry: Fact or Fiction?
In the past, fumonisins were not considered a threat to the poultry industry. ...
Marek’s Disease in Small Flocks
This article from Christine Heinrichs explains the symptoms of Marek's Disease in poultry and how to prevent it occurring in small flocks....
Why Keep Backyard Chickens?
If you don’t already have a small flock of chickens, you are reading this article because you want to. Christine Heinrichs discusses the history and popularity of keeping backyard birds....
Understanding and Combatting Mycotoxins in Poultry Feed
Understanding the occurrence and prevalence of mycotoxins and their effects on poultry is becoming more and more imperative as research over the last couple of decades has shown that mycotoxins are commonly prevalent in majority of feed ingredients....
One or Two Legs: Importance of Catching Method for Broiler Welfare
The catching of broilers prior to transport and slaughter is the subject of much concern from animal welfare organisations and the general public. A study by Nina Langkabel and colleagues in the August issue of Poultry Science looked at two possible ways...
Measuring Waddles in Ducks
Walking ability has an important impact on chicken health and welfare, and ducks are no different. A study published by Maja Makagon and colleagues in August's issue of Poultry Science evaluated a system for measuring waddles in Pekin ducks....
Alternatives to Antibiotic Growth Promoters in Poultry and Pigs
The use of antibiotics in feed for growth promotion has long been restricted in the EU, but there has been a lot of research activity looking at possible alternative compounds. This article looks at the potential for feed additives such as organic acids,...
Greater Bioavailability of Chelates Found When Compared to Inorganic Zinc in Broiler Chicks
A new study compared the bioavailability of different forms of zinc when fed to broilers with the objective of developing more effective and efficient poultry nutrition options for producers....
The Laying Hen Housing Research Project
Research into laying hen housing by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply has shown a variety of pluses and minuses between three different systems – cage-free aviary housing, enriched colony housing and conventional cage....
 
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