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Financial Risks and Incomes in Contract Broiler Production
James MacDonald of the USDA Economic Research Service explains that the income of contract broiler growers in the US varies widely. Prospective growers and their lenders need to understand the risks associated with production, and take account of them...
Windbreak Walls and Short Stacks to Control Odour and Dust: Do They Really Work?
Do windbreak walls really work and do they offer a solution to odours from poultry houses? Mark Dunlop and Geordie Galvin of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) explored the results in 'The Drumstick' the New South Wales...
Predictors of Death and Reduced Performance in Layer Chickens in Tropical Savannah Environment
Elevated mortality in layer chickens may be due to a hot and dry climate as well as disease, according to new research from Nigeria. Birds aged 19 to 38 weeks were most at risk....
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Slowing of Asian Population Growth to Impact Chicken Consumption
As the rate of growth in Asia's human population slows down, average poultry meat consumption per person has increased to 9.4kg, according to the latest estimate, reports industry analyst, Terry Evans....
High Wind-speed for Large Birds: Practical Considerations
A broiler grower considering higher windspeed in his house must carefully weigh the additional investment costs against projected increased income from possible increased pay rate, pounds produced and/or placement density. Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell,...
Woody Breast Condition
In recent times, white striping and hard or "woody" texture have been observed in some chicken breast muscles. Indeed, at the recent 14th European Poultry Conference in Norway, a session dedicated to meat quality discussed these issues, according to Poultry...
Comparison of Methods for the Detection of Salmonella in Poultry
Conventional methods as well as PCR were suitable for detection of Salmonella, according to a new study from the Free University of Berlin in Germany. Researchers also found differences between the sampling methods....
Energy Value of Expeller-extracted Canola Meal Subjected to Different Processing Conditions for Broiler Chickens
Apparent metabolisable energy values varied markedly between samples of expeller-extracted canola meal in a study in Australia. Conditioning temperature, screw torque setting and fibre content were found to affect the energy value....
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Asia: Biggest Exporter of Processed Chicken
Asia is the region that exports the most processed chicken products, according to poultry industry analyst, Terry Evans....
Poultry Mortality Disposal: Methods Following Catastrophic Loss
Preparing for a crisis is important to lessen the stress and confusion that can accompany disaster recovery. Dr Casey W. Ritz of the University of Georgia's Department of Poultry Science explains the options for the disposal of dead and culled poultry....
Attention to Brooding Can Help Get You to the Top of the Grower Pool
For thriving chicks and a uniform flock, attention needs to be paid to details of house conditions, biosecurity and feeding via careful monitoring, according to poultry veterinarian, Richard Jackson writing in 'The Drumstick' from the New South Wales...
Potential Contract Growers Face Important Decisions
Dr Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor) and Dr Morgan Farnell (Associate Professor), all at the Poultry Science Department at Mississippi State University, explain the important items to consider when deciding on contract...
Effect of Monochromatic LED Light on Reproductive Traits of Laying Hens
New research from China suggests that light colour can affect egg production as well as egg weight, shape, composition, fertility and hatchability....
Dutch Solution for More Welfare-friendly Egg Production
A near-crisis in the egg industry in the Netherlands a decade ago sparked a whole new way of looking at egg production to address better the three Ps – people, planet and profit – with hen welfare at its heart. Jackie Linden visited the Brandsen family...
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Poultry Set to Become No.1 Meat in Asia
Global poultry meat production is forecast to increase by 1.6 per cent in 2014, according to industry analyst, Terry Evans, in the first part of the 2014 series of Global Poultry Trends, and it is expected to overtake pig meat in 2020. Asia accounts for...
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