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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...
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Condemnations, mortality shift focus to E. coli vaccination in some broiler flocks
While infectious bronchitis remains a serious threat to broiler health, it often opens the door to the more costly secondary infection, E coli, explained Kalen Cookson,...
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Talking with customers about antibiotic use and other poultry-production practices
Today’s consumers face a bewildering array of labels and marketing claims when purchasing poultry products — particularly as it relates to antibiotics.
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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.
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Bill Gates leading drive to buy chicken flocks for impoverished families
If you were living on $2 a day, what would you do to improve your life? If you’re Bill Gates, you'd raise chickens.
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USDA awards Zoetis latest contract to build stockpile of avian flu vaccines
USDA awarded its latest contract for avian influenza vaccines to Zoetis, a leading developer and marketer of vaccines and other health products for the poultry,...
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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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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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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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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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Necrotic enteritis in broilers: Disease or syndrome?
Steve Davis, DVM, of Colorado Quality Research, talks about emerging virulent strains of Clostridium perfringens and their impact on the prevalence severity of necrotic...
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Antibiotic-free
Balancing consumers’ 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 end ensuring safe food for consumers.
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.
Expert Advice
Animal welfare: Listen to the chicken
By Philip A. Stayer, DVM Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
Sustainability
Omitting ionophores raises ethical conflicts for veterinarians
Some advocacy groups believe that more restaurants and foodservice companies should follow the lead of Chipotle, Panera and Chick-fil-A, which only buy chickens raised without any products classified as antibiotics, including ionophores.
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.
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Antibiotic Management
FDA: Salmonella, antibiotic resistance declining in US poultry meat
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