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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...
Poultry is Defenseless against Molds and Mycotoxins: Can We Help?
Aspergillus flavus is an extremely common soil fungus and an opportunistic pathogen of crops. The optimum temperature for A. flavus to grow is 37ºC, but fungal growth can be observed at temperatures ranging from 12 to 48ºC....
Using Nature as a Reference: Restoring the Viability to that of Fresh Eggs
The diminishing hatchability of eggs that goes hand in hand with increasing egg age has always been a nuisance to hatchery managers and production planners alike....
The Influence of the Incubation Environment on the Hatch Window - Part 1
The hatch window is defined as the period between the beginning of active hatch of the first chicks and the last chicks in a hatcher, after transfer....
Choosing the Right Coccidiosis Vaccine for Layer and Breeder Chickens
GLOBAL - Layer and breeder birds have a long life that is under constant threat of coccidiosis, which can cause mortality, hurt pullet uniformity or reduce egg production. ...
How Responsible Use of Antibiotics Still Allows Producing Healthy Productive Birds
To ensure sustainable animal production, maintaining optimum gastrointestinal health and functionality is essential. ...
Improving Performance of Broilers Fed Lower Digestible Protein Diets
The search for alternative protein sources in feedstuffs, is a field of research that is gaining considerable attention. For example, soy bean meal (SBM) and fish meal are easily digestible and have traditionally been the main sources of proteins in poultry...
Humidity Loss: A Parameter to Evaluate and Adjust
The process of incubation takes place like a jigsaw puzzle made up of several elements: temperature, turning, humidity and airflow. If any of the components are missing or do not take place correctly, the product may not meet the desired expectations....
Vaccination to Control Coccidiosis in Cage and Floor-Reared Layer Pullets
GLOBAL - Coccidiosis vaccination for layer pullets has become more common, whether the birds are raised in cages, aviary systems or on the floor. Vaccination has been a successful method of coccidiosis control in broiler breeder replacements for decades,...
Preventing Disease Spread in Backyard Flocks
Backyard flocks are generally healthy, like the people who keep them. Just like their keepers, though, illness can strike. You can minimise the damage by protecting your flock from disease and limiting it if and when one of your chickens shows up sick,...
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,...
How Will Climate Change Affect Poultry Disease Problems?
Relatively little science has so far been done on how climate change would affect poultry diseases. Prof Celia Abolnik imagines it would result in increased disease pressure, especially in cooler areas, writes Glenneis Kriel....
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