Global Edition (#7)
Intestinal Health magazine (formerly CocciForum) features the latest news, trends and strategies for managing coccidiosis, necrotic enteritis and other costly enteric diseases.
The magazine is published in three regional editions, but each edition contains articles that may have global applications. Feel free to browse all editions.
Vaccination: It only gets better
Back in 2006, when Santiago Bellés, DVM, started vaccinating broiler flocks for coccidiosis, all he wanted to do was to find a new tool for managing the ubiquitous disease.
Dietary lactose reduces lesions from necrotic enteritis in broilers
Including lactose in the diet of broilers might help control the clinical signs of necrotic enteritis, which has been on the rise in countries and commercial companies no longer using antibiotic growth promoters, say investigators.
Canadian producer reaps benefits of coccidiosis vaccination — all year long
In the early 2000s, Fischer Family Poultry, Ltd., Ontario, Canada, devised a simple plan for breathing new life into its coccidiosis-control program:
Controlling enteritis without drugs
Year-round coccidiosis control by vaccination enabled Fischer Family Poultry to take another step to reduce medication use in its broilers. In response to a market opportunity, the company removed all antibiotics from broiler feed and water.
Opinion: “More sustainable solutions”
More than 10 years ago, when I left the world of live broiler production to join what is now MSD Animal Health, hardly any of the world’s mainstream poultry companies were vaccinating for coccidiosis. Adding ionophore antibiotics and chemicals to the feed was their standard procedure for managing this ubiquitous poultry disease.
Two presentations at an intestinal health forum provide more insights about necrotic enteritis
Campylobacter in circulating broiler blood documented
The presence of Campylobacter
in the circulating blood of market-age broilers may increase the likelihood of cross-contamination between birds during slaughter, say US investigators.
Concomitant enteric viruses found in Korean broilers
Co-infection with two different enteric viruses, including what is believed to be the first isolation of group A avian rotavirus in Korea, was found in 8-day-old broilers with a history of growth retardation and high mortality.
Monensin toxicity seen in broiler breeder flocks
A 42-week-old broiler breeder flock experienced extremely high morbidity and mortality after receiving feed containing monensin at about seven times the approved level for broilers, report investigators from the University of Georgia, USA.
‘Less serious’ Eimeria species can be pathogenic in chickens
Some of the Eimeria
species that affect chickens but are thought to be less serious can, in fact, be pathogenic, with some resulting in mortality, Steve H. Fitz-Coy, PhD, said at the 2011 annual Poultry Science Association meeting.