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Broiler-house management is key to preventing winter respiratory disease

By Tak Niino, VMD
Technical services veterinarian
Zoetis Inc.

 

Respiratory disease in broilers can occur any time of year, but it’s especially problematic in winter months, when air and environmental conditions may become compromised as producers try to keep costs under control.

Maintaining good air quality is essential and is heavily influenced by ventilation techniques. When a house is underventilated, ammonia levels and litter moisture can rise to the point where they’re detrimental to the health of birds, predisposing them to respiratory disease.

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2. Cookson K, Davis S, et al. Cross protection study of a modified live E. coli vaccine against three heterologous APEC serotypes in commercial broiler chickens. In: Proceedings of the 58th Western Poultry Disease Conference; 2009 March; Sacramento,CA. p. 60-62.

3. Cookson K, Macklin K, et al. The efficacy of a novel live E. coli vaccine using a broiler skin challenge model. Abstract 1568. In: Proceedings of the 23rd World’s Poultry Congress; 2008 July; Brisbane, Australia.

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