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Magazine – Issue 4

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Cover Stories

Special Report


Expert Advice

Sound Science

  • IBV shedding into the environment not a problem for vaccinated birds 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.
  • 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.
  • DDGS linked to necrotic enteritis, higher FCR - Inclusion of dried distillers’ grain with solubles (DDGS) was linked to development of necrotic enteritis (NE) and had a negative effect on overall performance, investigators from Auburn University reported at the 2015 International Poultry Scientific Forum.
  • Low-cost LEDs don’t hurt production - Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) may be a good choice of energy-efficient lighting for broilers and their producers, according to recent research.
  • High stocking density predisposes broilers to NE - High stocking density has adverse effects on broiler welfare and intestinal health and predisposes the birds to necrotic enteritis (NE), according to the results of an experiment conducted by researchers from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
  • Hen housing systems compared in 3-year study - Commercial and alternative laying-hen housing systems each have pros and cons, according to a recent study by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply. The study compared cage-free aviary, enriched colony and conventional cage systems over the course of 3 years and two flock cycles.


Words & Numbers

The Last Word

  • Editorial: Ignoring the 800-pound gorilla - With all the worries about avian influenza in the US and other major poultry markets, you’d think a magazine named Poultry Health Today would have made flu its cover story and surrounded the topic from every angle. But after much discussion, the editors decided to ignore the 800-pound gorilla in the chicken house — at least for this edition.
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