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Why Traditional Poultry Breeds?
Traditional pure breeds carry important, irreplaceable genes, the value of which remains for future events to determine. They are also beautiful, productive, will reproduce your flock and connect you to history, writes Christine Heinrichs....
Fat Coating of Calcium Butyrate Results in Extended Butyrate Release in the Gut of Broilers
Fat coating of butyrate results in absorption along the entire intestinal tract in broilers, offering an explanation for the described beneficial effects as a growth promoter, according to a team of Belgian and Dutch researchers....
Effect of Multi-enzymes in Combination with a Direct-fed Microbial on Performance and Welfare in Commercial Broilers
This experiment conducted by a multinational team revealed that a combination of feed enzymes and direct-fed microbial improved the feed efficiency, health and welfare of broilers reared under conditions similar to those used commercially....
Effects of Vaccine Combinations against Mycoplasma gallisepticum on Egg Characteristics of Commercial Layer Chickens
A new study at Mississippi State University reveals that one or two selected vaccines against Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) can be administered to pullets at 10 weeks of age and a further vaccination at 45 weeks of age without adversely affecting eqq...
Innovation in Layer Housing: From Drawing Board to Reality
The Roundel laying hen house is an example of successful innovation in agriculture between researchers, farmers and the wider community. Jackie Linden reports on its development from the drawing board to successful sustainability in the Netherlands. ...
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Population Growth to Slow in Asia
The human population is projected to continue to grow in Asia in the coming years, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans, as will its egg output, and the egg processing sector is thriving in some Asian countries....
Management Guide for the Backyard Flock
Over the last several decades, poultry production has become a large and profitable industry. This is partly because of increased demand for a nutritious, low-fat protein source such as chicken and partly because low prices have tended to increase consumption...
Why Tunnel Fans with Butterfly Shutters May Not be a Good Investment
For decades, the “slant wall” fan was the preferred poultry house exhaust fan. Testing found that by simply moving a traditional exterior panel shutter to the intake side of the fan, the air-moving capacity of the fan was increased five to ten percent....
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Asia’s Shell Egg Trade Expands
Between 2000 and 2011, exports of shell eggs from Asia increased at an annual rate of more than nine per cent, writes industry analyst, Terry Evans, with Turkey's export volume increasing most notably....
Recent Advances in the Production, Management and Nutrition of Intensively-farmed Domestic Ducks
A review of the global duck sector, looking important areas of the production of meat- and egg-type as well as Muscovy ducks by David J. Farrell, Research Consultant to the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Brisbane, Australia....
Incubation Temperature Profiles Affect Broiler Feathering
This North Carolina State University study - looking at the effects of incubation temperature, breeder feeding programme and litter management on feather follicle development of broilers - may help to improve broiler welfare and reduce the incidence of...
Atypical Velogenic Newcastle Disease in a Commercial Layer Flock in Japan
Ten years on from an outbreak of disease in a Japanese layer flock thought to be caused by infectious bronchitis, scientists have also identified a velogenic Newcastle disease virus....
Effects of Increasing Concentrations of Corn DDGS on Chemical Composition and Nutrients Content of Egg
Feeding a high level of maize (corn) distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to laying hens increased the content of lutein and polyunsaturated fatty acids in egg yolk in this experiment at Iowa State University. ...
Egg Pre-heating in Modern Single-stage Hatcheries
A review of pre-heating eggs prior to single-stage incubation from Petersime....
Simple Steps to Stop Rodent Damage
Rats and mice could be costing you a small fortune in feed and they increase the risk of a poultry house fire. Jess Campbell, Dennis Brothers, Jeremiah Davis, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson of the National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University offer...
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