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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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Expert Advice
How the AST improves management of coccidiosis and flock performance
It’s been over a century since coccidial oocysts were first observed in the ceca of a chicken. Since the 1940s, many anticoccidials have been developed to combat these protozoan parasites. Nevertheless, coccidiosis in poultry remains one of the greatest threats to flock health and the economic viability of the poultry industry.
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.”
Experts warn of red mite risk thanks to avian flu
Forced housing of poultry due to avian influenza is likely to lead to a higher risk of red mite infestation in flocks this spring, vets have warned.
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.
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.
Poultry R&D
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.
Flock Welfare
More collaboration needed to drive housing welfare standards
Greater collaboration between producers, veterinarians, engineers and scientists is needed to design housing systems that offer the highest levels of hen welfare, according to a leading geneticist.
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.
Antibiotic-free
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 experts at a panel discussion held at the 2016 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta.
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