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Thursday 3rd May 2018.
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Could genetics counteract feather pecking?

Feather pecking remains both a trying welfare issue for producers as well as a serious economic consideration. A ban on beak trimming has recently been called for by Defra, but the industry remains apprehensive due to the potential for outbreaks of feather pecking and the damage in might cause – not to mention the emergency beak trimming which would be necessary as a result. This emergency beak trimming is normally done via hot blade which is an even more severe welfare issue.

In light of this pressure, research has steered producers towards providing greater enrichment for laying hens to allow for greater foraging opportunities and for the expression of natural behaviours, but recent research by Dr Werner Bessei, reports Melanie Epp for The Poultry Site, has shown that feather pecking could actually be a genetic issue, not a management issue.

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Could genetics counteract feather pecking?
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EU budget leaves environment in the cold, says Greenpeace EU

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New issue of Poultry Digital magazine zeroes in on sustainability
We have a shared farming future after Brexit, say British and European farmers

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NAFTA participants increasingly invested in successfully concluding negotiations
First new hatchery in more than 30 years to open in Canadian province
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CQ Foods introduces new device for detection of 'woody breast'

   Thailand

CPF announces global policy on animal welfare

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