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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....
Consumers Drive Turkey Production Trends
With the United States producing almost half the world’s turkey meat, Glenneis Kriel talked to Joel Brandenberger, president of the National Turkey Federation in the US, to find out the latest trends affecting American turkey production....
Putting Down Perfect Bedding for Your Poultry
Litter management has a huge impact on poultry health and comfort. Glenneis Kriel asked Jan Grobbelaar, an independent poultry consultant, for advice on how producers can make the most of poultry bedding....
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...
 
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