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Thursday 1st November 2018.
Ryan Johnson - ThePoultrySite Editor

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Editor’s weekly pick

Keel bone damage raises welfare concerns

Two Swiss research projects evaluate how keel bone damage impacts behaviour, productivity and mobility.

Animal welfare legislation in many European countries, including Switzerland, states that animals must be housed in a way that means normal biological behaviour is not impeded. Yet, in some cases, up to 97 percent of birds in a single housing unit will have keel bone fractures in different states of repair. Their impact on locomotion, behaviour and productivity is still unknown. To address this issue, Christina Rufener, Ana Rentsch and their supervisor, Dr Michael Toscano, all from the Center for Proper Housing, Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ) in Switzerland are conducting research on how keel bone damage impacts hen behaviour, productivity and mobility.

Read the full article here

This Week's Articles and Analysis

Loading egg incubators for optimal heat balance (Part 1)
It’s no secret that temperature differences in the incubator cause a wider hatch window and negatively affect chick uniformity.

Loading egg incubators for optimal heat balance (Part 2)
This series of 3 articles shows you the best possible ways to mix eggs from different flocks in the incubator. Now you understand the basic principles of heat production and exchange, we will explain how to correctly load the setter.

Optimising egg size in commercial layers
Each commercial variety has a genetically determined range of egg size, and within this range, environment plays an important role in the expression of egg size. Genetics, body weight management, nutrition, and lighting programs are the four pillars of egg size and are useful tools for the egg producer to change egg weight profiles to best supply the optimum egg size to a market.

Protease: A promising tool to alleviate losses due to necrotic enteritis
Necrotic enteritis has been estimated to affect up to 40 percent of commercial broiler flocks and is believed to cost the industry roughly 5 cents per broiler in the United States. On average, necrotic enteritis negatively impacts the global poultry industry by over $2 billion every year.

Keel bone damage raises welfare concerns
Two Swiss research projects evaluate how keel bone damage impacts behaviour, productivity and mobility

Company News

Cobb opens Colómbia subsidiary, launches grandparent stock operation
Cobb-Vantress began operations in Colómbia today as Cobb Colómbia. The company’s new unit is the first operation from a multinational company specialising in poultry genetics in the country.
Petersime marks a milestone: 10.000th OvoScan™ technology project
Petersime’s OvoScan™ technology hits its 10,000th sale this year. This means that over 30,000 OvoScan™ sensors are currently measuring the eggshell temperature of incubated eggs in BioStreamer™ setters all over the world.
Global poultry leaders meet at Petersime HQ for a look into the future
The poultry world is continuously evolving, but one thing is for sure: keeping on top of the latest developments is key. That’s what brought together a group of poultry leaders out of 19 different countries for the Poultry Performance Conference in Belgium.
Zoetis Influence Feed: Food scientists speak up
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and agriculture to bring you insights in a convenient bi-weekly report.
Halting in ovo vaccination not a good option for managing hatchery bacteria
Higher 7-day mortality from bacterial infections in the hatchery is no reason to stop in ovo vaccination for Marek’s and other diseases, according to a consulting poultry veterinarian.
VFD offers improved control of variable speed fans
Most power ventilated livestock facilities rely on some method of control input to reduce the amount of air exhausted during colder weather. The farm operator calculates the number of animals and their weight to determine minimum ventilation rates expressed as cubic feet per minute or cfm.
Salmonella Infantis can complicate respiratory problems in broilers
Salmonella Infantis can become a persistent problem in broilers and exacerbate mortality when combined with infectious bronchitis, experience indicates at an integrated South American poultry company.
Aviagen incubation and hatchery specialists offer expertise at World Poultry Science Association’s annual incubation and fertility research group meeting
Aviagen is committed to sharing latest developments and expertise and collaborates closely with global organisations for the benefit of the poultry industry.
Arbor Acres Asia training featured biosecurity to safeguard bird health
Optimum biosecurity is critical for protecting broiler and breeder flocks
Taking ownership of your career development
An editorial by Roxanne Lagano Chief HR Officer at Zoetis

Global Poultry Industry News

   United Kingdom

£5,000 environmental grant on offer to Midland farmers
Papers published on potential benefits of eggs for older people
Union hits road to determine future agricultural policy for Scotland
Farmers aim to end Britain’s obsession with large eggs
IFA president warns of 'dog's dinner' outcome on Brexit
New guides for goose producers unveiled at annual farm walk


BFSA tightens control over poultry farms

   United States

Poultry groups welcome EPA’s clarification on needless reporting requirement
Cal-Maine completes acquisition of egg production assets
NIFA invests in research to maintain healthy flocks
H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in Kandiyohi County commercial turkey flock
Research provides method to improve poultry product shelf life and safety


Broiler prices hit unprecedented high in Tamil Nadu
Order against caging of birds upsets poultry farmers in India


FAO: Harnessing power of livestock to drive sustainable development
Grant to improve poultry production worldwide


Chinese traders play down impact of new animal feed guidelines on soy demand
China's new animal feed standards set to lower soybean consumption


H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza discovered in Laos

   European Union

EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics
EU bans prophylactic use of antibiotics in farming
Strasbourg "flash" group spotlights unfair food trade


Brazil agriculture ministry launches surprise inspections at BRF

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