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Reducing your poultry farm’s carbon footprint: Good for the environment and for the birds
The increasing prevalence of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and their effects on climate change is a hot topic among environmentalists. There’s naturally a lot of...
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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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Anticoccidial rotation, good husbandry can improve coccidiosis control
Poultry producers worldwide know the importance of cutting losses from coccidiosis – the parasitic disease that is still causing significant losses in growth rate and...
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IBV variants in poultry: Aiming for cross-protection
By Mark W. Jackwood, PhD Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center Department of Population Health College of Veterinary Medicine University of Georgia
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Broiler-house management is key to preventing winter respiratory disease
By Tak Niino, VMD Technical services veterinarian Zoetis Inc.
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Are there practical alternatives to ionophores?
Proponents of raising broilers without ionophores and other antibiotics have proposed putting more emphasis on farm management, biosecurity and alternatives to...
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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.
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What’s the most humane way to raise a chicken? Watch and listen
By Philip A. Stayer, DVM Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
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Researchers evaluate significance of IBV shedding
Shedding of infectious bronchitis virus into the environment by infected birds isn’t a significant problem if birds are well vaccinated, but it can be a problem for...
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The case for ionophores: How they’re different from other antibiotics — and why it matters
Unlike other classes of antibiotics, ionophores are not considered important to human health by top public health and regulatory agencies.
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Anticoccidial rotation, good husbandry can improve coccidiosis control
Poultry producers worldwide know the importance of cutting losses from coccidiosis – the parasitic disease that is still causing significant losses in growth rate and...
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IBV variants in poultry: Aiming for cross-protection
By Mark W. Jackwood, PhD Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center Department of Population Health College of Veterinary Medicine University of Georgia
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Sustainability
Rainwater harvesting helps poultry farms reduce water dependency, save money
A new system for harvesting and storing rainwater from poultry barns provides birds with high quality water while reducing the grower’s dependency on local wells and municipal water systems.
Expert Advice
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.
Infectious Diseases
Rigorous surveillance imperative to prevent spread of avian influenza
The enormous economic threat that avian influenza (AI) poses to the global poultry industry, coupled with its potential for evolution into zoonotic forms that threaten people, underscore the need for rigorous surveillance to curtail spread of the disease.
Respiratory
Researchers evaluate significance of IBV shedding
Shedding of infectious bronchitis virus into the environment by infected birds isn’t a significant problem if birds are well vaccinated, but it can be a problem for naïve birds, according to researchers at the University of Georgia.
Gut Health
Alternative treatments for necrotic enteritis: Has CQR’s Steve Davis found the ‘silver bullet’?
For years Steve Davis, DVM, of Colorado Quality Research had been looking for what he calls the "silver bullet" for managing NE in broilers without antibiotics.
Skunks, rabbits can indirectly transmit AI viruses, government research indicates
Striped skunks and cottontail rabbits can indirectly transmit low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) to mallard ducks, government research indicates.
Hatchery
Successful Marek’s disease vaccination: The devil is in the details
By Don Ritter, DVM, ACPV Senior Director of Health Services and Food Safety Mountaire Farms Inc.
Rules & Regs
FDA: Some antibiotics still OK for production purposes
New FDA guidelines that discourage using medically important antibiotics for promoting growth in food animals appear to have been well-received by both producers and most consumer activists. Change always brings misunderstandings and confusion, however — and the new guidelines are no exception.
DIAGNOSTICS
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.
Educating Consumers
Poultry companies need to balance consumer preferences with flock health, welfare and food safety
Suzanne Dougherty, DVM, a consulting poultry veterinarian based in Alabama, talks with Poultry Health Today about the challenges of reducing or even eliminating antibiotics in broiler production while maintaining flock welfare and ensuring safe food for consumers.
Antibiotic Management
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.”
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