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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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AAAP honors more than 30 scientists for outstanding work in avian medicine
The American Association of Avian Pathologists saluted scientific achievements of its members last week with an awards luncheon at the association’s 59th annual...
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Addressing consumers’ misconceptions about antibiotic use in poultry
Gary Thornton, editor of Poultry USA, talks about the importance and the challenges of communicating with consumers about the role of antibiotics in poultry production.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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...
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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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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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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.
Poultry R&D
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.
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.
Environment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expert Advice
Exploring the cause of condemnations can reduce losses
By Lloyd Keck, DVM, ACPV Senior technical services veterinary Zoetis
Antibiotic Management
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.
Infectious Diseases
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 surveillance, monitoring and testing before committing to a vaccination program.
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