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Optimising Poultry Health Through Vitamins
Vitamins should no longer be considered important only in preventing symptoms of deficiency, but also for optimising flock health. Article by Alfred Blanch, Spain....
Best Practice in the Hatchery: Transfer
At around day 18 of incubation, eggs have to be taken out of the setters, moved from setter trays to hatcher baskets and transferred into hatchers to complete their last three days of incubation. ...
Campylobacter Risks: How Retailers Are Helping to Safeguard the Public
For poultry producers, processors, and retailers, delivering a safe product to their consumers is of vital importance. ...
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS - A Quarter of the Population Will Live in Africa
The continent of Africa recorded substantial growth in poultry production since 2000, with South Africa one of the most important players in the region, writes industry analyst Terry Evans....
How Do Poultry Adaptive Immune Systems Protect Birds from Harm?
Professor Bernd Kaspers, University of Munich, discusses the health threats poultry face, and aspects of the adaptive immune system that helps to fight off infection....
Comparing Butyrate Products by Evaluating Enteric Butyrate Release Profiles
Sodium butyrate is a molecule that is well known for its ability to elicit many effects at the cellular or microbiological level in several tissues. For example, it can be used as an energy source by epithelial cells lining the intestinal tract, reduce...
Mycotoxins: Everlasting Problem in Poultry Nutrition
The current mycotoxin situation in the EU is dramatic and any corn or wheat imported from Eastern or Central Europe might contain extremely high concentrations of deoxynivalenol (DON) and zearalenone (ZEN)....
Healthy Chickens, Healthy Flocks
Chickens are domestic livestock, so they depend on their keepers for their well-being. Their needs are simple but unless they get the care they need, they are at risk, writes Christine Heinrichs....
Consideration Factors When Selecting an Egg Incubator
There is more than one way to hatch an egg. Often, mother hens will take care of this process themselves. However, there are circumstances that may require purchasing an incubator in order to effectively hatch eggs....
Yolk Fractionation Revolutionises the Application of Egg Products
The Bioprocesses and Reactor Technology (TBR) research group at the University of Oviedo (Spain), recent winners of the 2015 Research Award from the Spanish Egg Research Institute for their work on egg yolk fractionation, spoke in detail with Nuria Martínez...
Why do Mycotoxins Lead to Decreased Productivity and Profitability in Animal Production?
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by higher animals....
Low Temperature Performance of Disinfectants
Many disinfectants, which claim proper efficacy against many pathogens, are often tested at ideal circumstances, meaning room temperature (25 degrees C), clean surfaces with no dirt and mostly against one single type of microbe....
Necrotic Enteritis, Coccidiosis - Multifactorial Role of Butyrate on Intestinal Health
In the poultry industry the difference between making profit or loss is often determined by the incidence of infectious diseases, writes Pauline Paap, Orffa Additives B.V. ...
Tree Planting Could Protect Free-Range Hens from Feather Pecking
Injurious feather-pecking in free-range systems is an economic and welfare concern for the egg-producing industry. Recent work from A Bright, R Gill and TH Willings looked at how access to tree cover affected levels of plumage damage through pecking....
Colistin - The Latest European Antibiotic Resistance Challenge
Europe appears to have been thrown into turmoil following the release of a paper by Liu and colleagues (2015), describing the emergence of a plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism, mcr-1 gene, in China, writes David Burch, Veterinarian, Octagon...
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