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Shortage of medications remains top issue for US turkey industry
A shortage of effective, FDA-approved medications is still the top health issue for the US turkey industry, according to a survey conducted by a turkey veterinarian.
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Antibiotic issues broaden poultry veterinarians’ role
By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
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‘Old bug’ with new name easily mistaken for E. coli peritonitis
Commercial chicken flocks that appear to have Escherichia coli peritonitis might actually be infected with a re-emerging old pathogen with a new name.
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While new data show growth for NAE production, responsible antibiotic usage still holding its own
One in 5 tons of broiler feed produced by US poultry companies in 2016 was ticketed for “no antibiotics ever” programs — up nearly 67% from 2015 and nearly a...
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Mountaire vet thinks ‘pendulum’ will fall in the middle of poultry antibiotic debate
While some US poultry companies are going “no antibiotics ever” and others are defending their right to use all FDA-approved medications to protect flock health,...
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Despite similar labels, PAA products used in processing not all the same
David Schwab, PhD, talked with Poultry Health Today about a recent 3-month study to evaluate the stability, potency and overall effectiveness of PAA — a widely used...
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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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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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Reality check: Technically, all poultry in the US is ‘antibiotic-free’
Confidently presenting facts can go a long way toward shaping consumer opinions about commercial poultry production and the importance of maintaining flock health,...
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Mountaire vet thinks ‘pendulum’ will fall in the middle of poultry antibiotic debate
While some US poultry companies are going “no antibiotics ever” and others are defending their right to use all FDA-approved medications to protect flock health,...
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While new data show growth for NAE production, responsible antibiotic usage still holding its own
One in 5 tons of broiler feed produced by US poultry companies in 2016 was ticketed for “no antibiotics ever” programs — up nearly 67% from 2015 and nearly a...
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Industry trendwatcher offers insights, analysis on future of antibiotic-free poultry production
Industry trendwatcher and analyst Greg Rennier, PhD, recently sat down with Poultry Health Today to share his thoughts on antibiotic-free production and where the...
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Environment
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.
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.
Safe Poultry
FDA: Salmonella, antibiotic resistance declining in US poultry meat
Antibiotic-free
Poultry sector must adapt to “antibiotic-free” demands
US poultry producers must start to prepare for producing birds without the use of antibiotics, according to a leading poultry scientist.
DIAGNOSTICS
Biomarkers helping to identify broilers susceptible to wooden breast syndrome
Broiler producers need answers in the battle against wooden or woody breast syndrome — and they need them quickly. While safe for human consumption, the hard, chewy breast meat from affected birds is not marketable and results in significant economic losses for poultry companies.
Biosecurity key to combating US avian flu threat
Farm biosecurity remains US poultry producers’ key defense in making sure they are protected from the potentially devastating effects of avian influenza, say officials.
Educating Consumers
Four tips for taking the lead on the animal-welfare conversation
By Carla Price, PhD CJP Nutrition Ellisville, Miss.
Poultry R&D
Hens in enriched colony system appear more stressed, flighty
Hens in an enriched colony system were more stressed and flighty than conventionally caged birds in a study from Mississippi State and Texas A&M Universities.
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