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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...
Prospects for Poultry in the Global Animal Protein Market
Speaking at Merial’s Global Avian Forum in Spain earlier this year, Nan-Dirk Mulder from Rabobank International described the next 20 years as the decades of Asia and Africa for poultry industry development, offering many opportunities....
Healthy Water, Healthy Birds
Since birds consume twice as much water as feed, providing a clean, safe and sanitised water supply is crucial for assuring modern poultry flocks perform their best....
Questions to Ask Before Starting a Backyard Flock in an Urban Area
Backyard chickens are becoming one of today’s hottest pets. These benefits are just for families who live in the country, right? Surprisingly not. Gordon Ballam, PhD, a flock nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition, says that backyard chickens can...
What do Egg Producers Think of US Food Industry Demands for Cage-Free?
The movement towards cage-free eggs in the US seems inevitable, but one vocal group of egg farmers continues to resist, writes Treena Hein....
Should Eggs be Refrigerated?
It's a question that has been causing rifts between egg consumers for a very long time - but is the fridge brigade correct? The Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) has looked into the scientific evidence behind egg storage and the risks of Salmonella. ...
Best Practice in the Breeder House: Transfer (Rear and Move)
Where rear and move facilities exist birds are transferred out of the rearing facilities and moved to the laying facilities before lay commences. This process must be managed carefully to avoid losses in body weight and flock uniformity, reduced breeder...
How the Canadian Laying Hen Housing Landscape is Changing – and Why
With recent commitments from many of the largest Canadian food companies to only source cage-free eggs in the near future, the issue of whether conventional cages will disappear on Canadian egg farms seems to be sorted for good, writes Treena Hein....
Broiler Growth Traits Can Still Improve Further
While it took 84 days to produce a 1.8 kg broiler from 3.25 kg of feed back in the 1950s, there are broilers today that achieve this body weight after just 28 days from 1.4 kg of feed. Dr Ron Meijerhof talked about the prospects for further improvements...
Chemicals from Old Poultry Houses Can Contaminate Eggs
Chickens foraging on soils containing environmental pollutants can accumulate these chemicals in their tissues and eggs. A study by Piskorska-Pliszczynska et al. assessed levels of dioxins in eggs produced in Poland, in some cases finding concentrations...
Chicken Producers Don’t Use Growth Hormones - Here are the Reasons Why
Widespread misunderstanding and disconnection from farming amongst the general public has led to the common belief that poultry producers use growth hormones to make broilers grow faster and produce more meat. However, this is a myth. Scientists at the...
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