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Australian Researchers Examine Litter Management for Broilers
An update on research at Australia's Poultry CRC on litter quality in broiler houses and how it can impact bird welfare....
Effect of Feeder Space During Growing and Laying Periods and Feeding Rate on Broiler Breeder Female Reproduction
A study at North Carolina State University has new light on the effects of feeder management during the rearing and laying phases on broiler breeder performance, revealing that females given similar feeder space during both phases produced the most eggs...
Effects of Electrical Stunning Methods on Broiler Meat Quality
No stunning or medium-voltage stunning conditions reduced meat water-holding capacity and decrease meat shear force when compared with either low- or high-voltage stunning, according to new research from Nanjing, China....
Developing Tools to Fight Marek’s Disease
Scientists with the USDA Agricultural Research service (ARS) are developing new tests and vaccines that are making it easier to detect viruses in chickens and protect them from the cancer-like diseases some of them cause....
Effects of Grinding Method, Particle Size and Physical Form of Diet on Digestion in Laying Hens
New research from Germany reveals that feeding a coarsely ground or mash diet stimulates the development of the gut organs, and that mash feeding increases glucose transport capacity through changes in the intestinal microstructure....
Links Between Locomotion, Litter Conditions and Bodyweight and Footpad Dermatitis in Turkeys
Footpad dermatitis and gait score were found to be related to bodyweight at market age by researchers at North Carolina State University following a survey of more than 40 commercial turkey flocks. They also found that litter condition was a major factor...
Value of Poultry Litter in South Georgia
The University of Georgia's Claudia S. Dunkley and Dan L. Cunningham (both Extension Poultry Scientists at the Department of Poultry Science) and Glendon H. Harris (Extension Soil Scientist at the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences) reveal the results...
Motor Size is Poor Indicator of Fan Power Usage
Purchasing an energy-efficient fan is actually quite simple, say Michael Czarick and John Worley, Extension Engineers at the University of Georgia. They recommend ignoring the size of the motor and comparing fans based on how much air they move at the...
Effects of Dietary Gossypol Concentration on Growth and Health of Meat Ducks
Gossypol is an anti-nutritive factor found in cottonseed meal. A Chinese experiment suggests that total gossypol in the diet of meat ducks up to three weeks of age should not exceed 929mg per kg, and free gossypol concentration should be less than 77mg...
Infection Interactions in Ethiopian Village Chickens
Because a number of the poultry pathogens studied and their interactions may impact village chicken health and production, control of these infections is likely to be of importance in future development planning, according to a new international study....
Increasing Evaporative Cooling Pad Set Temperatures
In older broiler houses, many farmers would use the evaporative cooling systems at air temperatures of 80°F or lower but in modern tunnel-ventilated buildings with higher air-speed houses, the use of pads may be delayed without reducing bird performance....
Effect of Humic and Butyric Acid on Performance and Mortality in Broilers
During periods of high temperatures particularly, broilers fed a mixture of humic acid (MFG) and protected butyric acid demonstrated better growth and feed efficiency as well as lower mortality than others receiving no feed additives, according to new...
Researchers Compare Effectiveness of Recombinant Infectious Bursal Disease Vaccines
Both vaccines tested in this US study provided better protection in SPF maternal antibody-free white leghorns than in maternal antibody-positive broilers; the level of protection depended on the vaccine and on the challenge viruses. There were also differences...
Dietary Threonine Requirement of Pekin Ducks from 15 to 35 Days of Age
Depending on the method used, the threonine requirement of young male ducks was estimated in this work at Purdue University to range from a low of 0.62 per cent to minimise mortality to a high of 0.80 per cent to maximise carcass weight and serum immunoglobulin...
Effects of Feeding Different Postbiotic Metabolite Combinations on Egg Quality and Production Performance of Laying Hens
Post-biotic metabolite combinations can be used in the feed to increase productivity from hens without raising the risk of antibiotic resistance, according to new research from Malaysia....
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