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Teaming with poultry companies to ensure carcass quality and food safety
According to veterinarians Doug Fulnechek and Lloyd Keck of Zoetis, poultry companies need more help building a bridge between live production and processing to reduce...
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Options for Salmonella control in live poultry production
By Steven C. Ricke, PhD Professor, University of Arkansas Director, Center for Food Safety, Institute of Food Science and Engineering University of Arkansas
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Infectious bronchitis: The ‘eye of the storm’ for chicken health
Ask any poultry producer in the world about the most economically important disease of broilers, breeders or layers. Infectious bronchitis (IB) is almost always the...
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New veterinary diagnostic networks to aid poultry, livestock production in Sub-Sahara
With the help of a US$14.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation over the next 3 years, Zoetis announced plans to develop veterinary and outreach...
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Symposium to focus on poultry veterinarian’s role in shaping public policy, government regulations, consumer perceptions
Today’s poultry veterinarians are being asked to do more than ensure flock health and welfare. They’re also lending their expertise to public policy discussions...
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The case for built-up litter in US broiler complexes
By John A. Smith, DVM, MS, MAM Alectryon, LLC Baldwin, GA -- Built-up litter isn't necessarily negative. In fact, it may have multiple benefits...
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The case for built-up litter in US broiler complexes
By John A. Smith, DVM, MS, MAM Alectryon, LLC Baldwin, GA -- Built-up litter isn't necessarily negative. In fact, it may have multiple benefits...
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Hatchery expert offers tips for fighting bacteria, improving biosecurity
With more US poultry companies reducing or eliminating antibiotic use in the hatchery, poultry companies need to make an even greater effort to guard against costly...
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IBDV: Management obstacles and options
By Daral J. Jackwood, PhD Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine Food Animal Health Research Program Ohio Agricultural Research and Development...
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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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Environment
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.
Hatchery
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.
Infectious Diseases
Vaccination helping to reduce mortality ratesfrom E. coli in France’s layer flocks
Four out of five health problems in layer flocks in France are related to Escherichia coli, according to Jocelyn Marguerie, DVM.
Safe Poultry
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.
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.
Antibiotic-free
Antibiotic issues broaden poultry veterinarians’ role
By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Poultry R&D
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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Could GM technology produce the next generation of poultry vaccines?
Genetic engineering could unlock a new generation of vaccines that have the potential to tackle major poultry diseases more quickly and effectively, scientists say.
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