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Successful ABF production: Mastered technique or corporate culture?
Indiana's Miller Poultry's owner and president Galen Miller and production manager Stephen Shepard discuss their experiences, priorities, management style and business...
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Campylobacter in poultry: An elusive pathogen
By Orhan Sahin, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVM Assistant Professor Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
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New lasalocid MRLs relieve export restrictions for broilers
Broiler producers who want more diversity in their anticoccidial-rotation plan can now consider the ionophore lasalocid without worrying about it putting a damper on...
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Good communication key to protecting poultry parts during FSIS inspection
One key to food safety is designing and implementing poultry-inspection protocols that reflect consumer behavior. For example, federal inspectors are refocusing their...
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Foster Farms’ vet shares tips for managing a food-safety crisis in the poultry industry
You’re a veterinarian at a major poultry company that’s just been slammed by a food-safety crisis. Can you imagine what that’s like? And more important, would you...
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Surveillance, careful vaccine selection tops “shoot-in-the-dark” strategy for IB control
Microbiologist Mark Jackwood, PhD, University of Georgia, urges producers not to “shoot in the dark” with infectious bronchitis vaccines and, instead, to focus on...
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Get to know the ins and outs of the new veterinary feed directive
In an exclusive interview, William Flynn, DVM, MS, deputy director for science and policy for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, clarified some hazy points of the...
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What’s causing ‘woody breast’ in poultry?
A condition known as “woody breast” is puzzling US poultry scientists investigating why breast-muscle tissue from some broiler flocks is hard and tough instead of...
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Campylobacter in poultry: An elusive pathogen
By Orhan Sahin, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVM Assistant Professor Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
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Successful ABF production: Mastered technique or corporate culture?
Indiana's Miller Poultry's owner and president Galen Miller and production manager Stephen Shepard discuss their experiences, priorities, management style and business...
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AAAP: Woody breast, similar broiler-muscle conditions not linked to infectious pathogens or food safety
Three well-defined, degenerative breast diseases of broiler chickens — woody breast, white striping and deep pectoral myopathy — are not associated with infectious...
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Get to know the lesser-known risk factors of necrotic enteritis in broilers
By John A. Smith, DVM, MS, MAM Alectryon LLC Baldwin, Georgia
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Expert Advice
Antibiotic issues broaden poultry veterinarians’ role
By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Rules & Regs
Documenting diagnoses: What are FDA’s expectations for VFD medications?
The updated veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule does not specifically define how veterinarians writing VFDs must document their clinical diagnoses, according to an FDA veterinarian.
Could GM technology produce the next generation of poultry vaccines?
Genetic engineering could unlock a new generation of vaccines that have the potential to tackle major poultry diseases more quickly and effectively, scientists say.
Infectious Diseases
Vigilance key for limiting avian flu risk
European officials are urging poultry producers to review of the signs and symptoms of avian flu and biosecurity measures for containing it.
Poultry R&D
Early feeding, housing may affect broiler response to immune challenges
Early feeding after hatch and the housing type can affect the response of broilers to immune challenges later in life, indicates a study from the Netherlands.
Educating Consumers
Marketing vs. Medicine: Finding the balance
Growing demand for poultry raised without food-animal antibiotics has put more pressure on veterinarians to find alternative yet dependable disease-control options, according to a panel of nine experts at a recent roundtable, “Poultry health: New challenges for a new era.”
Gut Health
Gross coccidial lesion scores appear to predict microscores
Gross coccidial lesion scores appear to be predictors of microscores, Miguel Barrios, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, said at the 2015 International Poultry Scientific Forum.
Environment
Windrowing litter can reduce pressure from poultry viruses, insects and bacteria
Poultry producers looking to improve litter quality and flock health should consider windrowing — a practice that not only works to control ammonia in the reconditioned litter but also reduces pathogen and insect pressure.
DIAGNOSTICS
Imaging technology quickly finds wooden-breast tissue
Imaging-based technologies can rapidly and non-destructively detect the presence and severity of a condition known as wooden breast (WB) in boneless, skinless broiler breast fillets, according to research.
Antibiotic Management
Lasalocid in broilers: What’s behind its resurgence?
Developing a long-term strategy for managing coccidiosis in broilers is more critical today than ever before — not just to preserve the efficacy of our remaining medications, but also to keep control programs cost-effective and sustainable.
Safe Poultry
Observe, judge, act — Veterinarian offers practical tips for reducing carcass condemnations
Poultry processors and regulators have the same objectives — minimize chicken condemnations and maximize food safety. Working as a team is the best way to safeguard consumer health and maintain profitability at the processing plant.
AAAP: Woody breast, similar broiler-muscle conditions not linked to infectious pathogens or food safety
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