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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...
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....
Coccidial Vaccination and Feed Strategy
GLOBAL - Feeding strategy should be considered when vaccinating with a live coccidial vaccine, especially under antibiotic free conditions. The immune response to live coccidial vaccine requires exposure to multiple life cycles of each of the Eimeria...
Comparison of L-Methionine, DL-Methionine and Methionine Hydroxy Analogue in a High Ambient Temperature Environment
GLOBAL - The industrial application of synthetic sources of amino acids for animal feed has been occurring for over 50 years. Chemically synthesized DL-methionine, 50 percent L-methionine and 50 percent D-methionine, was one of those amino acids added...
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...
How to Help Your Chickens Beat the Big Freeze
As winter weather swirls around the coop, keeping the flock hearty through the cold, dark days requires some extra effort. Chickens need support during this time of the year. Christine Heinrichs, backyard poultry keeper and author of How to Raise Chickens...
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....
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