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Water pressure: How does it affect broilers’ consumption, performance?
Low-pressure water systems designed to reduce water usage have some poultry growers turning up the pressure to hydrate flocks and improve bird performance, but is this...
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Registration open for poultry-welfare auditor training course
The Professional Animal Auditor Training Certification Organization (PAACO) has opened registration for its poultry-welfare auditor training course, July 19-21, in...
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Five opportunities to optimize gut health, minimize necrotic enteritis in broilers
By Suzanne Dougherty, DVM, MAM, MS, DACPV Pecking Around Consulting, Inc. Madison, Ala.
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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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IBD vaccination: HVT vector vaccine or live?
By Kalen Cookson, DVM, MAM Director of clinical research Zoetis Inc.
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Avian flu in the US: High-path, low-path and its link to other poultry diseases
The most dangerous characteristic of avian influenza is its ability to mutate quickly from a low-pathogenic disease of the respiratory tract to a high-pathogenic...
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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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Specialists explore new options for managing flock health while defending judicious antibiotic use
Growing demand for poultry raised without food-animal antibiotics has put more pressure on veterinarians to find alternative yet dependable disease-control options,...
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The Poultry Smith
In this exclusive interview with Poultry Health Today, Fieldale Farms veterinarian John Smith reflects on his career, the state of the US poultry industry and, most...
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Broiler study shows challenges and potential of drug-free production
Broilers raised in a drug-free program had a higher feed-conversion ratio (FCR), decreased mean daily weight and decreased mean live marketing weight despite...
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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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Thinking about going antibiotic-free? Expert panel offers insights, suggestions
Broiler and turkey companies need to think carefully and weigh all the possible impacts before considering a move to antibiotic-free production, said poultry health...
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Expert Advice
Exploring the cause of condemnations can reduce losses
By Lloyd Keck, DVM, ACPV Senior technical services veterinary Zoetis
Antibiotic-free
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
PCR tests yield surprising results in Eimeria study
Polymerase chain reaction analysis, commonly known as PCR, is helping researchers get a better handle on the presence and scope of coccidial pathogens — and the results are surprising.
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.
Sustainability
British vets question health, welfare of free-range chickens
While activists tout the happier, healthier life of free-range chickens, veterinarians in Great Britain have expressed concern about their long-term sustainability and increased likelihood of a major bird flu outbreak in free-range production, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Antibiotic-resistant genes found in environment but not in food
Environmental pathways might pose a greater risk than the food supply for the transfer of antibiotic-resistant infections to humans, suggests a recent study by US and Canadian researchers.
Environment
More light at night reduces daytime heat stress in broilers
Extended lighting periods help boost welfare and production of big broilers during high seasonal temperatures, a University of Georgia study showed.
Poultry R&D
Alternative eggs not necessarily better quality
Eggs from alternative production systems aren’t necessarily superior in quality to commercially produced eggs, researchers from the University of Lisbon said at the 2015 International Poultry Scientific Forum.
Respiratory
Waste-heat recovery system could save millions annually while improving air quality
A team of researchers and engineers from the University of Missouri has developed a waste-heat recovery system that could lead to significant savings in propane costs for producers heating their poultry barns.
Rules & Regs
Still confused about VFDs? Panel brings clarity to new rules
More than 1,000 representatives from the US poultry and livestock industries attended a recent webinar to get a better handle on the FDA’s new rules for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).
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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.
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