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Effects of Environmental Enrichment and Beak-trimming During Rearing on Subsequent Feather-pecking in Laying Hens
Beak trimming performed on pullets during the rearing period appeared to be effective in reducing the expression of severe feather pecking during the laying period in this Australian study....
Growth-promoting Effects of Prebiotic Yeast Cell Wall Products in Broiler Chicks
The two yeast products tested at Texas A&M University improved the growth and feed conversion of broilers up to 21 days of age when the birds were challenged with the pathogen causing necrotic enteritis, and a combination of the products was more effective...
Fighting Newcastle and Other Poultry Diseases
Researchers with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Georgia, have reported progress in their work to prevent outbreaks of Newcastle disease and other diseases that pose a risk to poultry producers across the world....
Effects of Dietary Protein During Rearing and Energy During Lay on Broiler Breeder Females
New research from the Netherlands reveals that a low-protein diet during rearing of pullets brings benefits in terms of hatchability and egg production during lay. During the first phase of lay, feeding a standard energy diet gave the best performance...
Protective Immunity Against Influenza H5N1 Virus Challenge in Chickens by Recombinant Lactococcus
Researchers from Nanchang in China have found a novel oral vaccine to be effective against the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus in chickens....
Antibiotic-free Poultry Production: Is It Sustainable?
According to the author of this review, companies considering raising poultry without antibiotics need to be aware that there may be adverse effects on bird health, production efficiency and cost....
Improved Method for Detecting Salmonella During Poultry Processing
A recently completed research project at the University of Arkansas has led to the development of a rapid PCR assay for the detection of Salmonella in the poultry processing plant. The assay was found to be effective and its reduces both cost and testing...
Factors Influencing Bird Heat Production in Tunnel-ventilated Broiler Houses
New research at the University of Georgia reveals trends in bird heat production and loss that can help broiler growers and integrators to minimise heat stress in their birds during hot weather....
Feed Ingredients: Consideration of Alternatives When Facing Increased Price Volatility
With the aim to reduce feed price volatility for broilers and breeders, Aviagen's Global Nutrition Team offers a useful review covering corn (maize), sorghum, oats, DDGS, corn gluten meal, corn gluten feed, rice bran, cassava, sweet potato, glycerin,...
Effect of Coccidia Challenge and Natural Betaine Supplementation on Broiler Chickens Fed Suboptimal Level of Methionine
Dietary betaine supplementation helped alleviate the adverse effects of a coccidiosis challenge on nutrient digestibility and performance in young broiler chickens in this experiment....
Carbon Footprint of Poultry Farms in South Georgia: A Case Study
Based on information including propane and electricity use, house size and age, flock size, number of flocks per year and the manure management system, University of Georgia researchers calculated emissions of mechanical and non-mechanical origin from...
Effects of Dietary Omega-3:Omega-6 Fatty Acid Ratios on Reproduction in Young Roosters
Polyunsaturated fatty acids enhanced the reproductive performance of young male breeders in this experiment from China....
Attitudes and Perceptions of Family Farmers in Brazil on Problems of Raising Broilers
Farmers who raise chickens for meat using alternative systems - either antibiotic-free or on free range - usually rely on corn (maize) and soybean meal and they mentioned to researchers that subclinical coccidiosis is the main disease challenge....
GLOBAL POULTRY TRENDS 2014: Europe’s Population Set to Decline
Europe is the only global region where a decline in the human population has been occurring since year 2000 and the trend is forecast to continue. As industry analyst, Terry Evans, explains, it has the highest egg consumption per person, mainly as the...
Nighttime Air Quality in the Poultry House
It could cost thousands of dollars if producers do not pay sufficient attention to the air quality in broiler houses at night, warn Michael Czarick (Extension Engineer), Brian Fairchild (Extension Poultry Scientist) and Brian Jordan (Assistance Research...
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