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Update: LEDs for Broiler House Lighting
The National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) at Auburn University has been closely monitoring broiler house lighting developments over the past several years. Gene Simpson, Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell and Jim Donald share their experiences and offer...
Farm Risk Factors for Salmonella Contamination of Eggs
An Iowa State University study indicates that adherence to a Salmonella vaccination programme and the elimination of infected rodents are the most effective measures to minimise the risk of Salmonella contamination of eggs from non-caged hens kept in...
Anticoccidial-sensitivity Testing Shows Consistency, Efficacy of Lasalocid
Recent testing of the most widely used in-feed anticoccidials show they all produce variable results with different Eimeria isolates, but the divalent ionophore, lasalocid, produced the best combination of efficacy and consistency, according to Zoetis....
Keeping the Hatchery Free of Aspergillus
Advice on the prevention and treatment of Aspergillus mould in the hatchery from Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform....
Effects of Protein Source and Nutrient Density in the Diets of Male Broilers from 8 to 21 Days of Age on Subsequent Growth
Diets with a high amino acid or energy density from days 8 to 21 of age improved growth during the grower feeding phase and affected eventual meat yield, according to new research from Mississippi State University. The high-energy diet also saved on overall...
What Could Cause Feathers to Fall out of Chickens?
There are several possible causes for feather loss, explains the US National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. ...
Removing Limescale Improves Water Quality on Poultry Farms
The principles of electronic water conditioning/treatment are explained by Jan de Baat Doelman, President of Scalewatcher North America, who also offers a case history of the successful application of this technology at a large broiler breeder facility...
Comparison of Meat Quality Characteristics and Oxidative Stability between Conventional and Free-range Chickens
Free-range systems were found by researchers at the University of Bologna to modify the quality of chicken meat. They also demonstrate the effects of the bird's genetics and nutrition on meat quality characteristics....
Odour, Dust and Non-methane Volatile Organic-Compound Emissions from Tunnel-ventilated Layer Chicken Sheds
This Australian study on two egg farms shows that odour emission rates vary with the amount of manure accumulation on the manure belts as well as diurnal and seasonal changes in ventilation rate, while dust emissions increased only with ventilation rate....
Use of Live Oocyst Vaccine in the Control of Turkey Coccidiosis
Live oocyst vaccination can be used effectively as a preventive against avian coccidiosis in commercially reared turkeys, concluded the scientists from their results of this experiment in Brazil....
Research Examines Impact of Stocking Density in Enriched Colony Cages
Researchers at Michigan State University found minimal differences in measures of production and well-being at the various stocking densities, from 464 to 929 square centimetres per bird during the period of 17 to 69 weeks of age, and suggest that future...
Food Loss: Questions About the Amount and Causes Remain
Two-thirds of the 133 billion pounds (5.9 million tonnes) of food loss in the US in 2010 occurred in homes, restaurants and other place outside the home, and one-third occurred in grocery stores and other food retailers, according to a new report from...
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2013: More Turkey Meat Eaten But Less Per Person
The human population has grown faster than turkey production in many countries where the birds are both reared and consumed, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans. The latest figures show the highest annual per-capita consumption in the US at 7.4kg....
Controlling Body Weight of Turkey Breeder Hens Without Feed Restriction
A researcher at Iowa State University was able to control turkey hen bodyweight by ad-libitum feeding of a diet of lower nutrient content during the rearing period, without using physical feed restriction. The lighter hens produced more eggs while the...
Learning from the Shape and Texture of Hatching Eggs
The shape and texture of the shells is a good reflection of the health and well being of the breeder flock, explains Marleen Boerjan, Director of R&D at the Pas Reform Academy....
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