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Global Patterns of Marek’s Disease Spread and Vaccination
Marek's disease is an important affliction of poultry flocks worldwide, and can cause mortality rates of up to 100 per cent. A speaker at Merial's Global Avian Forum, in Barcelona in April this year, discussed the prevalence and spread of the disease...
Why Brexit May Mean More Superbugs Threaten UK Poultry Industry
Poultry industry consultant Jeremy C. Hall spent over 16 years as the technical director at Bernard Matthews. Here he reviews the challenges that now face the UK as new trading agreements and hygiene standards are negotiated following the vote to leave...
Fowl Pox in Layers: An Overview
Fowl pox is a common and economically important disease of layers, causing drops in egg production and increased mortality....
Interview: Why is Eimeria Prevention Important in Your Flock?
Eimeria is a genus of parasites that infect chickens and cause coccidiosis, an extremely important disease affecting profitability for poultry producers. ...
Video: Causes and Effective Prevention of Newcastle Disease
Newcastle disease is a highly contagious disease that causes devastating losses in the global poultry industry....
Five Steps to Making Biosecurity Work on Your Farm
In his presentation during the 2016 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in St Paul, Minnesota, Dr Carey* focused on what we have learned from the recent past and how to implement a biosecurity programme unique to each farm. He emphasised that biosecurity...
Chick Checking and Incubation Improvement: Part 1
In this article, the first in a series from Petersime, the baseline for a good chick quality assessment is described. In simple terms, how can one be sure that a certain issue is incubation related?...
Extensive Farming and the Future of Food Production
Farmers worldwide are facing new environmental challenges. According to Dr Juan Villalba, Associate Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and editor of ‘Animal Welfare in Extensive Production Systems’, skills learned...
Coccidiosis in Poultry: Challenges Facing the Industry
Coccidiosis in poultry is one of the diseases that probably causes most damage in the broiler rearing industry....
Global Poultry Trends: Poultry to Boost Global Meat Market Share Above 36 Per Cent
World meat production in 2016 forecast at 320.7 million tonnes carcase weight equivalent, will show little change from last year, according to the latest Food Outlook Report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Industry analyst Terry Evans...
Protect Your Birds: How to Make the Most of Poultry Vaccines
There is a natural inclination to blame the vaccine when immunisation fails. Although this is a consideration, there are various other factors that could be to blame, Dr Scott Elliot from Protect a Chick told Glenneis Kriel....
Why Food Contamination is a Bigger Problem Than You Realise
The food and drink industry is evolving all the time. Technology is constantly improving, as is our knowledge, and yet, food contamination remains a big problem, writes Laura Varley....
Coccidiosis in Poultry: Traceability Innovation for Vaccination
In the world of livestock farming and animal protein production, the poultry industry has always been the sector with the greatest focus on achieving maximum control of production processes....
Poultry Producers Recount Positive Experiences with Merial’s Vaxxitek HVT+IBD
Vaxxitek HVT+IBD is a vaccine produced by animal health company Merial to protect birds against infectious bursal disease (also known as Gumboro Disease) and Marek’s Disease in chickens....
Phytase Superdosing: More Efficient Broiler Production Explained
Many end-users have now adopted the practice of superdosing, using higher phytase doses in feed to reduce the anti-nutritional effects of phytate (IP6) in pigs and poultry. This has proven to give additional animal performance benefits beyond standard...
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