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The Poultry Farmer-Processor Relationship: A Relationship Built Upon Trust and Communication
This article will address how to enhance the relationship between the Poultry farmer and the processor to whom he supplies the chickens grown on his farm. Before we can start this discussion we must first describe the Canadian Supply Management system...
Pheasant Roadkill Peaks in Autumn and Late Winter
Chickens' motives for crossing the road are often questioned - but pheasants should probably avoid it altogether, new research suggests. ...
Social Environment Matters for Duck Penis Size
Most birds lack genitalia, but male ducks are known for their long, spiraling penises, which have evolved through an ongoing cat-and-mouse game with females....
Inside a Woodland Chicken Business
Ffinlo Costain meets Daisy’s Woodland Chicken: a small, high welfare farm enterprise based in four acres of broadleaf woodland in Dorset, UK. Its owner, Paul Parker-Goadsby, supplies just over a hundred free range woodland-reared chickens a week to...
Is Your Biosecurity as Good as You Think it is?
Why levels of biosecurity compliance on poultry farms around the world are sub-par, and what can be done about it. By Treena Hein....
Interview: Murilo Quintiliano, FAI do Brasil
FAI do Brasil is a farm with a difference; it was created to demonstrate that environmentally and ethically sound agricultural practices can be economically viable. Ellen Hardy meets Executive Director Murilo Quintiliano to find out more....
Supporting Sustainable Animal Production with Feed Enzymes
Simply stated, a growing human population means an increasing demand for food, and animal protein will make up a large part of meeting this increasing demand, writes Dr. Ajay Bhoyar – Senior Manager, Global Poultry Marketing, Novus International,...
How Unregulated Use of Antibiotics is Undermining Poultry Success in India
Greater affluence across India is driving an unprecedented growth in demand for animal protein. A Nair investigates the role of antibiotics in this boom for the Indian poultry industry....
Antibiotic-free Poultry Production
The use of sound management practices, appropriate dietary adjustments and good vaccines and vaccination practices could go a long way in reducing producers’ reliance on antibiotics for disease prevention. GlenneisKrielmeetsDr Jonathan Wright, veterinary...
Is Gas Stunning as Humane as we Think?
Animal health authorities are researching ways to reduce unwanted side-effects of controlled-atmosphere stunning around the world. Glenneis Kriel investigates current concerns and how gas stunning might be improved to minimise the symptoms of discomfort....
A Healthy Gut Can Achieve Optimal Bird Performance
GLOBAL - The new challenge to poultry producers is to improve production despite rising feed costs, as well as address increased opposition of the use of antibiotics as a means of pathogen control, writes Dr Ajay Bhoyar, senior manager, Global Poultry...
The Secret to a Healthy Flock? Go With Your Gut…
Growing international concern over antimicrobial resistance is forcing poultry producers across the world to look at new ways of maintaining production levels and keeping birds healthy. Glenneis Kriel heard from two feed and nutrition experts about the...
Non-coated, Intrinsically Heat Stable Enzymes: Needs, Challenges & Opportunities
GLOBAL - The upward trend in commercial animal feed conditioning temperatures aimed at improving pellet quality, as well as enhancing feed hygiene, continually tests the stability limits of various feed additives, write Dr. Ajay Bhoyar, senior manager,...
Modern Birds Have Expensive Tastes
While great strides have been made in improving commercial traits of layers and broilers, the difference between the cost of production and the returns realised still governs whether these traits are worth realising to the full. Prof Rob Gous, Emeritus...
No More Culls? Male Layer Chicks Might Soon Be Spared Death Sentence
Male layer chicks form a huge welfare conundrum for the egg industry around the world, writes The Poultry Site's Editor Alice Mitchell....
 
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