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Less than 30 days and counting before new VFD rules take effect
Veterinarians, feed mills and poultry producers are into the final stretch and now have less than 30 days to prepare for the new veterinary feed directive rules that...
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Cage-free hen housing: How far will the pendulum swing?
By John Brown, DVM Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis
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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...
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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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Improved understanding may end “white chick” era
By Philip A. Stayer, DVM Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
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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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Inexperience leads to disaster in small specialty poultry flock
Disease and high mortality in a small Midwestern poultry operation demonstrate the consequences of inexperience coupled with the treatment restraints of organic...
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Tyson vet shares experiences with antibiotic-free broilers
Producing Salmonella-free chicks without antibiotics is a delicate procedure — sort of a little like baking a cake, says Scott Gustin, DVM, director of veterinary...
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Biosecurity in poultry production: What makes it work — and what doesn’t
By Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, DMV, MSc, PhD Professor, director Research Group on the Epidemiology of Zoonoses and Public Health Faculté de Médecine...
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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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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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Cage-free hen housing: How far will the pendulum swing?
By John Brown, DVM Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis
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Expert Advice
Get to know the lesser-known risk factors of necrotic enteritis in broilers
By John A. Smith, DVM, MS, MAM Alectryon LLC Baldwin, Georgia
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.
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.
Infectious Diseases
Video provides practical biosecurity tips for poultry
A training video that provides practical biosecurity tips for protecting commercial poultry flocks from avian influenza and other infectious diseases has been developed by the University of Maryland and the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture.
Antibiotic Management
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 anticoccidials.
Rules & Regs
Straight talk with FDA about the VFD in poultry
Dan McChesney, PhD, director of surveillance and compliance for FDA’s Center of Veterinary Medicine, recently visited with Poultry Health Today to talk about the new VFD regulations and their impact on poultry veterinarians, feed mills and producers.
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.”
Inexperience leads to disaster in small specialty poultry flock
Disease and high mortality in a small Midwestern poultry operation demonstrate the consequences of inexperience coupled with the treatment restraints of organic farming, Patricia Wakenell, DVM, PhD, Purdue University, reported at the 2016 Western Poultry Disease Conference.
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.
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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.
Safe Poultry
Pathogens on farm and in processing related
Salmonella and Campylobacter prevalence and loads on the farm are significantly associated with prevalence and loads of the same pathogens at processing.
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