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... Industry needs more poultry scientists to tackle disease challenges

More young people need to be encouraged to take up careers in poultry science if the sector is to properly tackle disease challenges which have plagued it for decades.

... E. coli vaccination in broilers: Is it worth the cost?

According to recent studies, E. coli vaccination may actually help broiler producers boost their bottom lines.

... NAE production: Helping contract growers navigate maze of new challenges

By Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, Mississippi

... Failure of maternal antibodies to protect against E. coli infection highlights need for early protection

New studies in broiler chicks show that maternal antibodies to Escherichia coli do not prevent infection.

... One Health Certified label seeks balanced approach to poultry production, marketing

A new label under development for meat and poultry products will represent production that seeks a balanced approach to poultry production and marketing.

... Salmonella’s sex life key to mitigating food safety risks

Food safety challenges linked to Salmonella could be tackled more effectively by better understanding the sex life of bacteria, according to a leading US government veterinarian.

... AAAP publishes eighth edition of Avian Disease Manual

The AAAP has released the eighth edition of its venerable Avian Diseases Manual, widely regarded in the poultry industry as the essential guide for diagnosing and managing diseases.

... US poultry vets: Disease control and food safety identified as future research priorities

Surveys carried out by the AAAP found veterinarians working across the broiler, egg and turkey sectors believe food safety should be a high-priority area for future research, alongside vaccine and...

... Ensuring strong immunity key to successful ‘no antibiotics ever’ broiler production

Producers raising broilers with no or fewer antibiotics need to pay more attention to diseases that can compromise flock immunity and make birds more susceptible to primary and secondary...

... Virulent ND outbreaks underscore need to rethink vaccination program

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV, Corporate Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms, Inc.

... Unusual presentation of bacterial septicemia in broilers tied to breeders

An unusual presentation of bacterial septicemia in broilers underscores the importance of obtaining a good history and input from bird caretakers, according to David French, DVM, a staff veterinarian...

... Perdue veterinarian seeks answers to inconsistent foodborne pathogen load

Taking a closer look at why incidence of Salmonella and Campylobacter varied widely on farms in the same production system helped to demonstrate the importance of management and communication with...

... Moisture monitoring critical to improving bird health and welfare

Poultry shed humidity should be monitored as regularly as shed temperature and ventilation to ensure bird health and productivity is as high as it can be.

... Effective Salmonella control requires involvement of entire production chain

By Douglas L. Fulnechek, DVM, Senior Public Health Veterinarian, Zoetis

... Keys to successful coccidiosis control with a bioshuttle program

Resistance is unlikely to be a problem in coccidiosis bioshuttle programs, Greg Mathis, PhD, Southern Poultry Research, told Poultry Health Today.  

... Necrotic enteritis control requires multi-pronged approach in RWA systems

Feeding higher levels of copper and zinc in the diet, managing litter moisture and controlling coccidiosis are keys to stopping necrotic enteritis (NE) in poultry raised without antibiotics (RWA),...

... Avian pathogenic E. coli: Difficult to prevent and control

The bacterium E. coli has re-emerged in broiler operations, which seems to coincide with poultry companies’ switch to ‘no antibiotics ever’ (NAE) programs.

... Sentinel broilers, PCR testing help isolate, identify evolving IBV populations in Arkansas

How do you look for new serotypes of a virus that might be circulating in an area? Sentinel birds are a good place to start, according to Abigail Reith, DVM, a technical services veterinarian for...

... Good gut health can help minimize Salmonella in broilers

TOOLBOX, Issue 14: An interview with Manuel Da Costa, DVM, PhD, Associate Director, Outcomes Research, Zoetis

... Reductions in medically important antimicrobials reflect industry stewardship

Reductions in the use of medically important antimicrobials demonstrate the poultry industry’s commitment to stewardship of these valuable medications, Randall Singer, DVM, MPVM, PhD, told Poultry...

... Helping contract growers’ transition to no-antibiotics-ever broiler production

Successful transition from conventional to no-antibiotics-ever (NAE) broiler production requires awareness of all the changes needed and lots of advance planning.

... ‘Let’s keep it up’: Maintaining the efficacy of Zoamix®

TOOLBOX, Issue 15: An interview with Jon Schaeffer, DVM, PhD, Senior Director, Technical Services, US Poultry, Zoetis

... Better air circulation, moderately lower humidity improve paw quality

Increasing air circulation coupled with moderate reductions in humidity can dramatically improve paw quality, Michael Czarick and Connie Mou, University of Georgia, told Poultry Health Today.

... US poultry industry shifting focus to Campylobacter, Salmonella Infantis

The US poultry industry needs to revisit Campylobacter-control strategies in preparation for new performance standards coming from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Ashley Peterson,...

... Tips for ensuring best field vaccination results with Poulvac® ST or Poulvac® E. coli

TOOLBOX, Issue 12: An interview with Lloyd Keck, DVM, ACPV, Senior Technical Service Veterinarian, Zoetis

... Sprinkler systems benefit animal welfare, reduce water use

Sprinkler systems used in conjunction with cool cells during hot summer weather can not only benefit animal welfare, they can dramatically reduce water use.

... What more can live production do to reduce Salmonella in poultry?

Successful Salmonella control throughout live poultry production requires an integrated effort, attention to detail and careful follow-through to help processing plants meet more stringent USDA...

... Wet bulb reservoirs can be source of bacterial contamination for hatching eggs

Wet-bulb reservoirs in hatchery incubators should be included in the bacterial-monitoring program to ensure they aren’t the source of egg-shell contamination.

... NAE producers need to focus on Eimeria oocysts for more effective control of coccidiosis, necrotic enteritis

By Don Waldrip, DVM, Senior Technical Service Veterinarian, Zoetis

... Vaccinated birds shown to have lower incidence of Salmonella at processing

Broilers vaccinated against Salmonella showed reduced levels of the pathogen at processing in a recent study, according to Charles Hofacre, PhD, president, Southern Poultry Research Group. Inc.

... Coccidiosis vaccination impedes nutrient digestibility

Poultry veterinarians and production managers are all too familiar with coccidiosis and its impact on gut health, nutrient absorption, feed conversion and growth rate.

... What makes a chick tick: Help non-farm audiences understand poultry’s needs

Rather than adopt costly production practices that don’t necessarily benefit the health or welfare of poultry, veterinarians should work to educate non-farm audiences about a bird’s inherent...

... Poultry litter management key to MS control

Litter topped the list of environmental factors most consistently positive for Mycoplasma synoviae (MS), Naola Ferguson, DVM, associate professor at the University of Georgia, told Poultry Health...

... Preharvest reduction of Salmonella, Campylobacter key to better control efforts

By Abhinav Upadhyay, DVM, PhD, postdoctoral associate and Dan J. Donoghue, PhD, professor, University of Arkansas

... Preventive measures are only option for combatting key parasites in turkeys

Turkey producers will need to rely on preventive measures including biosecurity, good gut health and  genetic selection to combat three key flagellated protozoan parasites that can affect their...

... Zinc can help combat infectious bronchitis in poultry

Research on infectious bronchitis virus remains a top priority for the poultry industry. Not only is it widespread, but new serotypes also continue to emerge due to mutations and recombination events...

... Water quality: No room for error in NAE flocks

By Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department, Mississippi State, Mississippi

... Reducing salmonellosis: Let’s try teaching ‘aseptic technique’ in the home kitchen

By Robert O’Connor, DVM, MAM, Senior vice president, Foster Farms

... Report: US poultry producers slash use of medically important antimicrobials while shifting focus to disease prevention

US poultry producers dramatically decreased their use of medically important antimicrobials over a 5-year period ending in 2017, according to a new report released by Randall Singer, DVM, PhD,...

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 4: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2019 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Washington, DC. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back...

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 3: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2019 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Washington, DC. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back...

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 2: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2019 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Washington, DC. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back...

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 1: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2019 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Washington, DC. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back...

... Ensuring chick quality in NAE production

The increase in 7-day chick mortality that has come along with the elimination of antibiotics requires a focus on containing bacteria that start in the layer house.

... Studies in chickens could lead to blackhead control in turkeys

Broiler breeders are an ideal carrier for Histomonas — the cause of blackhead disease — but unlike turkeys that often die from the infection, broiler breeders survive.

... Focus on these 4 areas to ensure broiler chick success

Faultless management in the first few days of a chick’s life is critical to ensuring birds remain healthy and productive for the rest of the crop.

... New AAAP Women’s Network opening doors in poultry industry

A new group within the AAAP aims to provide a forum for the growing number of women who are joining the avian veterinary profession.

... Tuning up live-vaccine priming for infectious bursal disease and reovirus

TOOLBOX, Issue 13: An interview with Kalen Cookson, DVM, MAM, Director of Clinical Research, Zoetis

... Live-production management practices that help contain Salmonella

Avoidance of wet litter and well-timed feed withdrawal are two of several management steps that will help control the load of Salmonella going into the processing plant.

... Focal duodenal necrosis in table-egg layers easily overlooked

Focal duodenal necrosis in table-egg layers can be an easily overlooked cause of drops in egg production and egg-case weight loss.

... When vaccinating broilers against Salmonella may be worthwhile

Vaccinating broilers is a big investment and may not be needed on all farms, but it can be a worthwhile move if there are high loads of Salmonella coming into the processing plant.

... Trial shows glutamine aids gut health in broilers raised without antibiotics

With the increase in no-antibiotic-ever production, glutamine may serve as a helpful nutrient asset, particularly when birds are under stress.

... Be prepared to prevent heat stress in layers

By Jean E. Sander, DVM, Senior Technical Services Veterinarian Zoetis

... World poultry industry still struggling with necrotic enteritis

NE remains a formidable challenge in broilers raised without antibiotics, and preventing the disease means steering clear of predisposing factors and implementing a rigid coccidiosis-control plan.

... Zoetis Fast Tracking Relaunch of Avian Coryza Vaccine to Aid U.S. Disease Outbreaks

Zoetis has reintroduced the vaccine Poulvac® Coryza ABC IC3 to help U.S. poultry producers combat outbreaks of avian coryza, an acute respiratory infection.

... Poultry specialists heading to Washington, DC, for latest insights on flock health, welfare, food safety

Poultry health professionals from more than 20 countries will gather in Washington, DC, Aug. 2-5, for the annual AAAP meeting.

... Maslow’s Pyramid: Self-actualization for chickens?

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV, Corporate Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms, Inc.

... On the road again? Don’t forget Poultry Health Today podcasts

Most of Poultry Health Today’s video interviews with leading health experts and other opinion leaders can be downloaded as podcasts and listened to on mobile devices or through audio systems of...

... Integrated plan with live production needed to meet new Salmonella standards

Poultry companies struggling to meet higher USDA standards for Salmonella need to increase control efforts in live production to help avoid the dreaded Category 3.

... Pilgrim’s veterinarian shares experiences with NAE production

Preparation, meticulous attention to sanitation and improved communication with hatchery staff and growers are critical for NAE production.

... Cooling chickens with sprinklers has multiple benefits

By Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University, Extension Service, Poultry Science Department, Mississippi State, Mississippi

... Four areas of hatchery management to help achieve better biosecurity

Diligent attention to four areas of hatchery management — egg-pack quality, incubation, sanitation and in ovo vaccination — can go a long way.

... A few tools to improve brooding, not antibiotic alternatives, are key to NE prevention

By Reg Smith, Vice President, Operations, Atlantic Poultry, Nova Scotia, Canada, Formerly Chair, British Poultry Council’s Antibiotic Stewardship strategy

... Z-CAS helping feed mills, producers get the most from medicated feed additives

TOOLBOX, Issue 6: An interview with Marc Howerton, Customer Analytical Services Supervisor, Zoetis

... Poultry producers facing higher hurdles with USDA food-safety standards

Poultry producers can expect to jump higher hurdles as USDA continues to raise the bar for food safety.

... Moving up: Vaccinating broilers may help poultry companies improve Salmonella ratings

Vaccinating broilers against Salmonella could be an effective live-side intervention for obtaining higher ratings in the Salmonella categorizations established by the USDA’s FSIS

... Virulent ND in California sending wake-up call to US poultry industry

Outbreaks of virulent Newcastle disease (vND) that have spread from backyard to commercial flocks in California are providing a wake-up call to the entire US poultry industry.

... More than half of US broilers raised without antibiotics in 2018

Broilers raised without antibiotics accounted for 51% of total US production in 2018 — an 11-point jump from the previous year and, more significantly, up from 3% in 2014.

... Bioshuttle program helps control E. tenella outbreaks in pullets

Administration of an in-feed anticoccidial after coccidiosis vaccination has helped alleviate outbreaks of Eimeria tenella in broiler breeder replacement stock.

... ‘Causal’ pie chart can help manage necrotic enteritis

Use of a simple “causal” pie chart is proving to be a helpful tool for controlling necrotic enteritis (NE).

... Hatchery hygiene helps limit broiler E. coli mortality risk

Disinfecting eggs and improving overall hygiene in the hatchery could dramatically reduce the risk of mortality linked to E. coli infections, scientists say.

... Aggressive vaccination of broiler breeders needed to keep reovirus in check

Aggressive vaccination of broiler breeders for reovirus using live and inactivated vaccines has been one of the most important steps the US poultry industry has taken to maintain good protection...

... Life without antibiotics: Field lessons learned the hard way

Producers need to think long and hard before jumping into “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) poultry production.

... Dirty chick boxes can be source of Salmonella at hatcheries

Dirty chick boxes at hatcheries can be a source of Salmonella, but the risk was still lower than expected in a study conducted at one US hatchery.

... AVMA releases first-ever guidelines for depopulation of animals

The AVMA has published its first ever Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals to help veterinarians support animal welfare in situations where the difficult decision to depopulate has been made.

... Advanced diagnostic tests helping identify IBV in Europe

The QX strain of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) remains the most common variant of IBV in Europe, but the prevalence of the variant 02 strain appears to be on the increase

... Genomic sequencing could aid ILT control efforts in poultry

Molecular virology is already leading to discoveries that will improve management of ILT, according to Stephen Spatz, PhD, molecular virologist with USDA’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory,...

... Navigating the maze of alternative products for necrotic enteritis control

The effectiveness of antibiotic alternatives is going to vary among “no antibiotics ever” production systems, and it’s up to the producers to figure out which alternatives will work.

... Urban chicken movement requires legislators to learn chicken basics

Legislators need to know some basics about raising chickens in response to an upsurge in the “urban chicken” trend, Nat Tablante, DVM, told Poultry Health Today.

... Effective biosecurity requires addressing the culture of a company

Effective biosecurity on poultry farms requires developing the kind of culture that motivates everyone in the company to adhere to the procedures that protect flocks from infectious disease.

... Novel technologies needed to combat IB in chickens

Despite decades of vaccination, the world poultry industry’s ongoing battle with infectious bronchitis (IB) continues to rage and points to the need for novel technologies to combat the disease.

... How to avoid performance drops when initiating coccidiosis vaccination

TOOLBOX, Issue 11: An interview with Jon Schaeffer, DVM, Director of Poultry Veterinary Services, Zoetis

... Gizzard changes seen in NAE flocks but diagnosis is murky

Raising broilers without antibiotics appears to be affecting the gizzard in ways that aren’t yet fully appreciated, and it’s not clear if the changes observed are true gizzard erosions, Jessica...

... Biosecurity expert sees more room for improvement on poultry farms

Biosecurity on commercial poultry farms has come a long way but still has far to go, Joseph Giambrone, PhD, professor of poultry science, Auburn University, told Poultry Health Today.

... USDA poultry inspections can help improve live production, processing

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.

... Sanderson vet shares thoughts on managing elusive reovirus, other gut diseases

Autogenous vaccines used in a reovirus vaccination program need to be updated relatively often to keep up with changes in the pathogen

... Poultry experts identify weak links in live production that can compromise Salmonella control

Improved Salmonella control requires fixing weak links in live production that allow the pathogen to get into a flock, poultry experts advised during an industry roundtable.

... Mycoplasma synoviae demanding more attention as poultry industry grasps its full impact

Emerging, variant strains of Mycoplasma synoviae are causing eggshell apex abnormalities as well as production drops in both layer and breeding flocks worldwide, Anneke Feberwee, DVM, PhD, from GD...

... Lameness in poultry can start in the hatchery

Lameness in poultry is often associated with bird weight, bacterial infections or the condition of the litter, but it actually begins much earlier in the bird’s life — often in the hatchery.

... Early exposure to Clostridium protects birds from necrotic enteritis

Early exposure to Clostridium perfringens in used litter may be a way to minimize the impact of necrotic enteritis (NE) in broilers, Steve Davis, DVM, told Poultry Health Today.

... Management key to preventing green muscle disease in broilers

By Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department, Mississippi State, Mississippi

... Lightening the load: Teamwork between live production, processing key to reducing foodborne pathogens in poultry

While statistics show the US poultry industry has made great strides reducing foodborne pathogens, USDA’s new standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken parts have made poultry companies...

... Day 3 SPECIAL REPORT: News reports and interviews from IPPE

The 2019 International Production & Processing Expo is under way in Atlanta. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our 2018...

... Day 2 SPECIAL REPORT: News reports and interviews from IPPE

The 2019 International Production & Processing Expo is under way in Atlanta. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our 2018...

... Poultry Health Today marks 5th year with more than two dozen video interviews, session coverage at IPPE

Poultry Health Today, the world’s only news website focused on poultry health, is marking its 5th anniversary by covering technical sessions and conducting more than two dozen interviews with...

... Day 1 SPECIAL REPORT: News reports and interviews from IPPE

The 2019 International Production & Processing Expo is under way in Atlanta. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our 2018...

... Exploring the connection between hemorrhagic hepatopathy and inactivated vaccines used in broiler breeders

TOOLBOX, Issue 9: An interview with Andy McRee, DVM, Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis

... SPECIAL REPORT: News reports and interviews from IPSF

The 2019 International Poultry Scientific Forum is under way in Atlanta. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our 2018 coverage....

... Sourcing PAA for poultry processing in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

TOOLBOX, Issue 7: An Interview with Timothy Laube, General Manager, Kroff Lab Service, Inc.

... Despite similar labels, PAA products not all the same

TOOLBOX, Issue 5: An Interview with David Schwab, PhD, General Manager, Kroff Lab Service, Inc.

... Necrotic enteritis control helps reduce Salmonella colonization

Maintaining good intestinal health in broilers is essential for minimizing the presence of Salmonella in birds sent for processing, Manuel Da Costa, DVM, PhD, associate director for Outcomes Research...

... New standards for foodborne pathogens expanding control programs to live production

A rise in the prevalence of Salmonella on whole chicken carcasses since USDA changed the testing medium used could indicate the prevalence of the pathogen was previously underestimated.

... Infectious bronchitis control: Understanding why it’s so difficult

By Mark W. Jackwood, PhD, Department Head, JR Glisson Professor of Avian Medicine, University of Georgia

... Sanitation key to successful NAE production

The key to successful “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) broiler production is cleanliness throughout every step of production, including a pristine hatchery.

... ‘Take a holistic approach’ to get the most from Salmonella vaccination

TOOLBOX, Issue 4: An interview with Marco Quiroz, DVM, Zoetis

... Football-crazed Americans to eat more than 1.3 billion wings for Super Bowl

The National Chicken Council projects that football-crazed (and undoubtedly thirsty) Americans will scarf down 1.38 billion wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

... Discrepancies emerge between animal welfare and consumer perceptions

Poultry “raised without antibiotics” now account for more than 50% of the broilers in US production, but those reductions in antibiotics usage have consequences.

... Vaccination of broilers ‘quick and easy’ way to get Salmonella under control

Vaccination of broilers against Salmonella may be the best and most expedient option for producers struggling to meet USDA performance standards at the processing plant, said Chuck Hofacre, DVM, PhD,...

... Refined carbs show promise as ‘sentinel’ for Salmonella control

Higher government standards for Salmonella control have put more pressure on poultry companies to reduce incidence on broiler farms and lower the pathogen load going into processing. 

... To manage IBDV, ‘let the bird tell you what to do’

Conventional wisdom dictates that infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) field strains should determine the vaccine strategy. However, a recent study from Brazil indicates the reverse is also true.

... E. coli vaccination helps contain losses in broilers with IB infection

Field experience with infectious bronchitis in broilers during a harsh winter demonstrated that vaccination for secondary Escherichia coli infection helped stem losses

... Commercial poultry vets can help backyard growers, and themselves, by sharing tips on biosecurity

Improved communication between poultry company veterinarians and backyard chicken growers could help improve biosecurity and reduce disease spread for all flocks.

... Coccidiosis control, litter management key to NE prevention in broilers raised without antibiotics

Good coccidiosis control and litter management are the two most important steps producers can take to prevent necrotic enteritis (NE) in flocks raised without antibiotics.

... Heat-stress study shows need to increase ventilation with stocking density

As bird density increases, broiler producers need to be “more aggressive” with house ventilation to prevent heat stress in flocks, Brian Fairchild, PhD, professor, and Ming Lin Teo, graduate...

... Chicks may hold clues to lameness in older birds

Lameness in some poultry flocks has researchers searching for the cause, Suzanne Dougherty, DVM, a consulting poultry veterinarian based in Alabama, told Poultry Health Today.

... It takes two: Coccidiosis vaccines effective against E. tenella after adequate cycling

Coccidiosis vaccination was effective in broilers challenged with Eimeria tenella but only after vaccinal oocysts cycled twice, Laura Tensa, DVM, told Poultry Health Today.

... New US turkey hatchery shows industry’s focus on automation, biosecurity

Between sinking unemployment rates, the challenge of retaining good labor to conduct repetitive tasks and the increasing need to optimize biosecurity, more and more poultry companies are turning to...

... What does it take to be a successful poultry grower? Experts share their views

Successful contract poultry farmers are hard workers, detail oriented and must literally serve as the gatekeepers of biosecurity, several experts and industry insiders say.

... Selection of IBV GA 08 vaccine, proper administration can minimize reactions

TOOLBOX, Issue 10: An interview with Kalen Cookson, DVM, MAM, Director of Clinical Research, Zoetis

... Hurricane Florence and the poultry industry: Coping with the aftermath

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.

... Can water treatments help reduce Salmonella levels before processing?

Feed withdrawal before moving broilers to the processing plant appears to increase their susceptibility to Salmonella, indicates research from the University of Georgia.

... Is genetics the key for lasting IBV immunity?

Manipulating the immune response may be one way infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is controlled in the future, predict researchers studying genetic lines of poultry.

... Fresh approach to coccidiosis needed to tackle increase in broiler gut damage

Changes in the behavior of one of the most important coccidial pathogens means poultry producers should take a fresh look at how they deal with the parasite.

... Lack of approved medications continues to stymie welfare-minded turkey producers

Another year, another survey and more long faces on US turkey producers frustrated by the lack of approved, efficacious medications — a problem they rated as the top health issue threatening...

... IBV vaccination protects broilers despite ammonia exposure

A recent study corroborates previous findings that broilers properly vaccinated for infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) are protected from IBV challenge despite exposure to moderate levels of ammonia.

... Mortality composting the right way: Tips for poultry producers

By Tom Tabler, Ph.D. Extension Professor Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, MS

... Heat stress may impair immune system in broilers

Heat stress in broilers induced lesions of lymphoid tissues, indicating immune system impairment, but it’s not yet known if heat stress affects the vulnerability or severity of coccidiosis.

... Consistency, follow-up key to controlling IBV

Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is a “moving target” and trying to keep ahead of it requires consistency and follow-up, explained Sjaak de Wit, DVM, PhD, of GD Animal Health, the Netherlands.

... Biosecurity, disinfection, downtime keys to better ILT control

Strict biosecurity is the best defense against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in broiler flocks, advises Maricarmen García, PhD, a professor at the University of Georgia.

... Salmonella Infantis can complicate respiratory problems in broilers

Salmonella Infantis can become a persistent problem in broilers and exacerbate mortality when combined with infectious bronchitis, experience indicates at an integrated South American poultry

... Halting in ovo vaccination not a good option for managing hatchery bacteria

Higher 7-day mortality from bacterial infections in the hatchery is no reason to stop in ovo vaccination for Marek’s and other diseases, according to a consulting poultry veterinarian.

... Vaccination protects broilers from IBV despite exposure to moderate ammonia levels

Properly vaccinated commercial broilers are protected from an infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) challenge despite exposure to moderate ammonia levels, according to a study that surprised researchers.

... AAAP issues call for papers for 2019 conference

The American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) is now accepting abstract submissions for its 2019 conference, Aug. 2-6, Washington, DC. The deadline is Dec. 3, 2018.

... Working with FSIS to reduce condemnations and cut losses

By Douglas L. Fulnechek, DVM Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis

... Uncertain supplies present challenges for rotation-minded producers

Poultry producers know the importance of developing a long-term strategy for maintaining the efficacy of anticoccidials, but sometimes unexpected backorders of feed medications in high demand force...

... Three research-proven ways to maximize Marek’s disease control

By Tarsicio Villalobos, DVM, Zoetis

... Proper water pressure, volume essential to good flock performance

By Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department, Mississippi State, MS

... Study shows how unchanged boots disrupt biosecurity

Poultry farmers looking for ways to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria in their facilities need look no further than the boots on their feet.

... Modified-live vaccination reduced salmonellosis in Brazilian study

New research confirms that modified-live vaccines (MLVs) can effectively reduce salmonellosis in broilers — a leading cause of food poisoning in humans.

... Special report: Poultry veterinarians teaming up to reduce condemnations, optimize food safety

Minimizing carcass condemnations and reducing the load of foodborne pathogens moving from broiler farms into processing might seem like separate production objectives — and they are.

... Adapt feeding programs to reduce summer heat stress

Adjusting broiler feeding programs in the summer months can help avoid the health and growth challenges associated with heat stress.

... SPECIAL REPORT – IBV: Managing a moving target

Infectious bronchitis virus, or IBV, is a year-round threat to poultry flocks, but it's especially challenge in the cooler months when producers reduce ventilation to save on energy costs.

... Trace minerals, used litter, coccidiosis control key to managing enteritis in NAE flocks

Starting broiler flocks on used litter, coupled with effective coccidiosis control and the use of trace minerals, can help minimize necrotic enteritis (NE) in broiler flocks raised without...

... Controlling coccidiosis helps prevent histomoniasis in broiler pullets

The incidence of histomoniasis, commonly known as blackhead disease, is increasing in Southeastern US broiler-breeding operations — and young breeders 25 to 30 weeks old seem particularly...

... E. coli becoming more common with rise in ‘no antibiotics ever’ programs

With the removal of antibiotics in the hatchery in “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) programs, the bacterium Escherichia coli is becoming more of a problem at many broiler complexes.

... Marek’s and Salmonella: John Smith, DVM, offers insights on two new broiler-vaccination trends

John Smith, DVM, poultry veterinarian for Alectryon in Baldwin, Georgia, shared ideas with Poultry Health Today on two changes in broiler-vaccination strategies in the US poultry industry.

... Coccidiosis control: New strategies for a new era

Coccidiosis can be controlled in broilers without antibiotics as long as producers pay closer attention to hatchery coccidiosis vaccination procedures, brooding and stocking rates, Greg Mathis, PhD,...

... Early identification needed to protect broilers from reovirus

Reovirus is mutating every 2 to 3 years, which is making it difficult to protect broilers from the effects of the virus, Don Waldrip, DVM, technical service veterinarian for Zoetis, told Poultry...

... Putting paper under chick’s drinkers: Is it really helpful?

Placing paper under water lines increases water consumption by baby chicks, but only for the first 3 or 4 hours after house placement, research indicates.

... Blackhead disease causes reduced egg production in layer hens

Blackhead disease can cause an important drop in egg production among commercial layer hens, Christina Sigmon of North Carolina State University, said during the 2018 International Poultry Scientific...

... Research focusing on new controls for coccidiosis, relationship with Salmonella

Alternative products for coccidiosis control remain the focus of research, but so far, the results are inconsistent, Sam Hendrix, DVM, veterinarian and researcher at Colorado Quality Research, told...

... AAAP endorses AVMA’s definition of antimicrobial stewardship

The AAAP has endorsed the AVMA Definition of Antimicrobial Stewardship and accompanying policy document, Core Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Medicine.

... Let there be light: Early exposure to UV aids broiler behavior, performance

Adding windows to poultry houses is an inexpensive way to improve the environment for broilers and possibly improve productivity, according to Rachel Lynn Dennis, PhD, assistant professor at the...

... Footpad dermatitis a greater concern in chickens grown to older ages

Footpad dermatitis is more likely to be a problem among broilers grown to an older age, but it can be remedied if producers intervene in time, Tom Tabler, PhD, professor with Mississippi State...

... Global measures to tackling avian influenza

Efficient biosecurity systems are essential to protecting poultry from the risk of avian influenza. However, some countries are better at enforcing biosecurity than others, reports Poultry Digital.

... Natural disease resistance could be bred into chickens, scientists say

Selecting birds that are naturally more resistant to disease could help the poultry industry reduce antibiotics use in the future, say researchers.

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 5: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2018 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Denver. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our...

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 4: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2018 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Denver. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our...

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 3: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2018 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Denver. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our...

... Specialists share tips for optimizing immunity in ‘no antibiotics ever’ and ‘reduced use’ broiler flocks

Finding ways to optimize immunity and give broilers more “staying power” could be the best strategy for maintaining the health and welfare of broilers, according to disease specialists at a...

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 2: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2018 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Denver. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our...

... SPECIAL REPORT, Day 1: News reports and interviews from AAAP

The 2018 American Association of Avian Pathologists' conference is under way in Denver. Our editors are onsite, covering sessions and capturing interviews for future posts. Here's a look back at our...

... Special Report: Nixing necrotic enteritis in broilers

This week poultry specialists will gather in Denver, Colorado, for the second International Conference on Necrotic Enteritis. In this special report, Poultry Health Today looks at the impact of this...

... Vaccination followed with feed medication gives pullets added protection against coccidiosis

Inadequate coccidiosis protection in pullets can lead to health issues ranging from uneven weight gain to mortality.

... Special Report: What’s the future of ionophores in poultry?

In this special report, Poultry Health Today looks at the role of ionophores in managing a ubiquitous disease that costs the world's poultry industry more than $2.4 billion a year.

... The link between Salmonella and intestinal health

By Charles L. Hofacre, DVM, MAM, PhD President, Southern Poultry Research Group, Inc. Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia

... Is MS the next ‘big, bad Mycoplasma’ for US poultry?

The US poultry industry is reporting more problems with virulent Mycoplasma synoviae according to Naola Ferguson, DVM

... More amino acids, feed aid broiler chicks vaccinated for coccidiosis

Feeding broilers a diet high in amino acids, along with more feed, can minimize the adverse effects on performance that sometimes occur after coccidiosis vaccination.

... PROHEALTH to Present Sustainable Solutions for Broiler Health at VIV Europe 2018

Smart ideas for sustainable poultry disease management will be featured in a special PROHEALTH workshop at VIV Europe 2018, to be held June 20-22 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

... Team effort by human, animal sectors needed to ensure responsible antibiotic use worldwide

While the poultry and livestock sectors have drawn the ire of consumer and medical groups for the growth of antimicrobial resistance, it is wrong to “partition blame,” Randy Singer, DVM, PhD,...

... Vaccinating broilers against Salmonella can help reduce pathogen’s prevalence at processing

Vaccination of broilers against Salmonella can help poultry producers reduce the pathogen’s prevalence at processing and may also benefit bird performance, Kalen Cookson, DVM, director of clinical...

... Loose stools linked to blackhead disease transmission in turkeys

Enteric inflammation and loose stools can affect the rate that turkeys contract blackhead disease.

... Gene technology has potential to multiply vaccine benefits

Scientists in the UK have discovered a way to modify a Marek’s disease vaccination so that it could be potentially be used to protect against a number of significant poultry diseases.

... On-farm Salmonella control helps prevent processing plant contamination

Contaminated chicken feathers and feet may be the primary vectors for transmitting Salmonella from poultry houses to processing plants, according to Martha Pulido, DVM, PhD, Mississippi State...

... Buckling down on biosecurity

For this special report, our editors talked with disease experts about what poultry companies can do to buckle down on biosecurity and protect their flocks from infectious diseases.

... ‘Turkeys are suffering’ without good control of coccidiosis

Turkeys are suffering from coccidiosis due to a lack of available medications, according to Greg Mathis, PhD, Southern Poultry Research, Athens, Georgia.

... Tyson vet: Act quickly on unexplained poultry mortality

Quick action by breeder managers and veterinarians is credited with the rapid resolution of an avian influenza (AI) outbreak in Tennessee in March of 2017.

... Industry trendwatcher offers insights 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 poultry industry is heading in 2017...

... Rennier: NAE programs represented 40% of US broiler feeds in 2017

Chickens raised without antibiotics of any type consumed 40% of the broiler feed produced un the US in 2017, according to Greg Rennier, PhD, president of Rennier Associates Inc.

... Conference seeks solutions for costly respiratory diseases in poultry

More than 150 poultry health professionals from the Americas, Europe and the Middle East will flock to Athens, Georgia, May 30-June 1, for the 2018 International Avian Respiratory Disease...

... Foregoing CAV breeder vaccination based on ELISA results can backfire

Not vaccinating broiler breeders for chicken anemia virus (CAV) because ELISA results show detectable antibodies could be asking for trouble, says Guillermo Zavala, DVM, PhD, Avian Health...

... C. perfringens on broiler meat can survive processing, potentially sicken consumers

Most broiler producers know the economic impact of necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringens, particularly in birds raised without antibiotics.   Now researchers in Canada are concerned...

... USDA, industry groups take issue with WHO’s statement on poultry antibiotics

The USDA’s chief scientist and several scientific and industry organizations took issue with the World Health Organization’s recent news release recommending that poultry and livestock producers...

... Woody breast continues to baffle researchers

Woody breast is a relatively new disease that adversely affects meat quality during processing, but poultry scientists still don’t understand it’s underlying causes, said Luke Borst, DVM, PhD, a...

... Lack of medications, veterinarians hamper turkey industry

The US turkey industry continues to be hampered by a lack of approved efficacious drugs, according to a 2017 survey. Since 2005, four medications have been withdrawn, leaving the industry without any...

... Biosecurity: ‘It doesn’t have to be boring’

Even though biosecurity is a critically important subject, many poultry producers tune it out — for the simple reason that it bores them, said Nathaniel Tablante, DVM, a professor and poultry...

... Special Report: Managing the two toughest diseases of NAE production

Ask any poultry veterinarian. They will probably tell you that the biggest hurdles to successful 'No Antibiotics Ever' production are coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis.

... Two symposia on poultry enteric disease set stage for 2018 AAAP Conference

Two symposia focused on enteric disease in poultry will be held immediately prior to the 2018 American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) annual conference set for this July in Denver.

... Seven misconceptions about IBD in broilers

Kalen Cookson, DVM, is the director of clinical research, poultry, Zoetis. He explained the common misconceptions about infectious bursal disease (IBD) to Poultry Health Today.

... AAAP plans to take more proactive approach in poultry health, welfare conversations

The American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) plans to increase its public presence and become a trusted source of information for consumers about the science behind poultry health.

... Layer-hen stocking density affects Salmonella shedding

Lower stocking density for laying hens was associated with less fecal shedding of Salmonella Heidelberg in a USDA study.

... No simple answer to laying hen sustainability, scientists say

Enriched cages are the most sustainable layer housing systems in terms of profit, environmental and welfare criteria, experts say.

... 6 steps to increasing broiler feed intake

Making small management changes on poultry farms and tracking their effects can help increase feed intake and maximize profitability, according to a leading nutritionist.

... Import restrictions enforced after avian flu outbreaks in Africa

Live chicken imports have been restricted in Zambia has part of the government’s efforts to limit the resurgence of a highly pathogenic form of avian influenza (HPAI).

... ‘Inspect what you expect’ applies to poultry vaccination crews

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV  Corporate Veterinarian   Sanderson Farms, Inc. 

... Yeast protein could help tackle China’s Avian ‘Flu problem’

A protein found in yeast could help scientists in China tackle avian influenza in poultry flocks.

... Mobile technology helps Thai producers tackle poultry disease

A mobile phone app is promoting better poultry disease control in Thailand by helping producers identify, report and respond to outbreaks more easily.

... Special Report: E. coli more a threat with reduced antibiotic usage

Once an isolated problem in long-lived birds, E. coli has become more prevalent in broiler and turkey flocks as poultry companies reduce or eliminate antibiotics in the the hatchery and in grower...

... Can improper vaccination make IBV worse?

Improper vaccination not only fails to protect flocks from infectious bronchitis virus (IBV), but it can also make the problem worse, a leading poultry health expert says.

... Registration now open for 2018 AAAP Conference

Registration is now open for the American Association of Avian Pathologists’ 61st annual conference which will be held July 13-17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

... How mutations, antigenic drift affect IBD management

Farms affected by variant infectious bursal disease (IBD) viruses may find that currently available IBD vaccines aren’t always effective, said Daral Jackwood, PhD, professor in food animal research...

... Why infectious bronchitis is so resilient — and what broiler companies can do about it

Control of infectious bronchitis (IB) requires good biosecurity, good management and rigorous administration of a vaccine that matches the circulating virus as closely as possible, John Smith, DVM,...

... Antibiotic-free poultry production: Is it sustainable on a large scale?

Phil Stayer, DVM, head veterinarian at Sanderson Farms, is worried about what he calls an "anti-technology movement" directed at the US poultry industry, particularly as it relates to veterinary care...

... E. coli vaccination reduces antibiotic use in broilers

New studies showed that vaccination against Escherichia coli significantly reduced antibiotic use on commercial broiler farms, particularly in birds at high risk of infection.

... H9N2 could devastate America’s poultry industry

H9N2, a low-pathogenic avian influenza virus common in parts of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, would be difficult to control if introduced to the US, said David Suarez, a research leader...

... Poultry Health Today lines up video interviews with leading poultry experts at IPPE

More than two dozen poultry-health experts and trend watchers will be interviewed on camera over the next three days as part of Poultry Health Today’s news coverage of the 2018 International...

... Is feed a vector for avian influenza virus?

Layer feed does not appear to be a likely vector for transmitting the avian influenza (AI) virus, based on research conducted by Yuko Sato, DVM, of Iowa State University.  

... Planning anticoccidial rotation strategies: Consider the consequences

Anticoccidial rotation strategies help reduce the health and economic impact of coccidiosis, while preserving the efficacy of the limited range of tools available for managing it.

... Special Report: Stopping Salmonella

Salmonella is a naturally occurring bacterial pathogen that, if left uncontrolled, can compromise food safety and rattle the foundation of any poultry company. In this special report, Poultry Health...

... Closing in on coccidiosis: How metagenomics can help

Identifying coccidial species by metagenomics can help producers fine-tune their coccidiosis-control programs, said Ryan Snyder, a graduate student in the pathobiology department at the University of...

... Commercial and backyard poultry production: Bringing two worlds together for better biosecurity

by Tom Tabler, PhD Extension Professor Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, MS

... When lysine is too much of a good thing

Lysine hydrochloride is an essential amino acid used in poultry diets to help ensure balanced nutrition and flock performance. But as with anything else, it’s possible for birds to get too much of...

... New colorful reference book from AAAP helps pinpoint avian diseases

The AAAP has published a new reference book, Gross Pathology of Avian Diseases: Text and Atlas, authored by Tahseen Abdul-Aziz, DVM, PhD, and H. John Barnes, DVM, PhD, both of North Carolina State...

... Site-specific biosecurity key to disease protection

Egg producers are being urged to not adopt a “one size fits all” approach to biosecurity in a bid to keep avian influenza (AI) away from their flocks this winter.

... South African producers ‘unprepared’ for bird flu, expert says

South Africa’s poultry farmers are scrambling to boost biosecurity measures after being “caught out” by an outbreak of avian influenza, according one of the country’s top vets.

... Necrotic enteritis and age of litter: What’s the connection in broilers?

Broilers raised on used litter develop better immunity to necrotic enteritis (NE) than birds raised on new litter when challenged early with Clostridium perfringens, Steve Davis, DVM, president of...

... Non-ionophore anticoccidial may help manage necrotic enteritis in RWA flocks

Flocks raised without antibiotics (RWA) that received a non-ionophore anticoccidial after coccidiosis vaccination had fewer necrotic enteritis (NE) lesions, less mortality and better feed conversion...

... Easy mistakes to avoid when managing respiratory disease in poultry

A methodical approach to managing respiratory disease in poultry can help veterinarians avoid misinterpreting data and making mistakes, according to David French, DVM, Sanderson Farms.

... Plan B: Using sentinel birds to track poultry viruses when you can’t obtain SPF birds

Sometimes the best way to identify disease problems is to use sentinel birds along with other diagnostic tools, but the specific-pathogen-free (SPF) birds used for this purpose aren’t always...

... Two back-to-back conferences to focus on intestinal health of poultry

Struggling with necrotic enteritis and other enteric diseases of poultry? Plan to attend the 2nd International Conference on Necrotic Enteritis, July 11-12, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.

... Paw quality in broilers: Why it’s important

By Tom Tabler, PhD Extension Professor Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, Mississippi

... Deadly duo: Study shows link between E. maxima, Clostridium

New research by Callie McQuain, DVM, veterinarian and grad student at the University of Georgia, substantiates anecdotal field experience indicating that Eimeria maxima is the type of coccidia that...

... Avian influenza viruses can persist in footbaths and manure

Growers shouldn’t assume the disinfectants they use in footbaths are effective against avian influenza (AI), indicates a study from the University of California–Davis.

... Is incentivized vaccination the answer to poultry’s public-health woes?

Governments and retailers should incentivize broiler producers to make better use of vaccines that could help protect public health, according to an expert in poultry infections.

... Check farm biosecurity now ahead of potential avian flu return, disease expert says

Poultry producers should assess their farm biosecurity in preparation for a return of avian influenza this winter, according to an expert in the spread and control on animal disease.

... Ruling the roost: Alternative or conventional chicken?

By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.

... Campylobacter in poultry: An elusive pathogen

By Orhan Sahin, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVM Assistant Professor Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

... AAAP issues call for papers for 2018 conference in Denver

Abstracts for the 2018 American Association of Avian Pathologists conference, July 13-17, Denver, are now being accepted until Dec. 1, 2017.

... 44 million ‘respectable’ birds on the menu this Thanksgiving

If one of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, had his way in the late 1700s, the turkey would have been the US national bird instead of the bald eagle — a majestic but imposing raptor...

... Immune-response research could yield new IB strategies for poultry

Research into the immune response of chickens could help lead to strategies that enable chickens to resist infectious bronchitis (IB), Rodrigo Gallardo, DVM, PhD, professor, University of California...

... Necrotic enteritis: Can it be managed effectively in NAE flocks?

Necrotic enteritis (NE) is not only a big problem in flocks raised without antibiotics, there’s a wide variation in how it presents itself, Steve Davis, DVM, president of Colorado Quality Research,...

... Salmonella on carcass skin can contaminate ground turkey

Salmonella on the skin, rather than in infected muscle tissue, may be a significant contributor to ground-turkey contamination, indicates a study presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American...

... New Marek’s test helps ensure successful vaccination, biosecurity

A new test is helping producers in Europe better protect their flocks against Marek’s disease (MD).

... Infectious bursal disease: ‘It’s never black and white’

Daral Jackwood, PhD, a professor at Ohio State University, is best known in the US poultry industry as the go-to expert on infectious bursal disease (IBD). In an interview with Poultry Health Today,...

... E. maxima linked to mortality in broilers vaccinated for coccidiosis

Eimeria maxima in broilers vaccinated against coccidiosis appears to be an important cause of mortality, according to the preliminary results of a study presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the...

... Understanding the clinical picture key to effective IB control

Avian infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is a highly contagious coronavirus found in chickens worldwide that costs the US poultry industry millions of dollars annually.

... Three-pronged E. coli strategy to help cut losses, improve profitability

Managing Escherichia coli infection in commercial poultry flocks has to be tackled on three fronts to help cut losses and improve profitability, says Allan Ball, of the Slate Hall Veterinary Practice...

... New flock-management trends call for new E. coli-management strategies, vets say

Two poultry veterinarians say that prevention of Escherichia coli infection is key as management trends toward free-range housing and reduced antibiotic use.

... Infectious bronchitis: Better diagnostics key to more effective vaccination

Identification of variant infectious bronchitis viruses (IBVs) has improved with the development of a real-time PCR (qPCR) test that can distinguish the type of virus and determine if it’s vaccine-...

... Poultry veterinarians facing new challenges with NAE trend, food safety guidelines

The NAE production movement has helped reduce antibiotic use in poultry for good reason, but veterinarians need to make sure the pendulum doesn’t swing so far they have no antibiotics left to...

... Hofacre: There’s always room for improvement with Salmonella

Most US poultry companies are doing an “outstanding job” controlling Salmonella, but there's always room for improvement.

... Farmers told to ‘stick to guidelines’ for antibiotics as experts question conventional usage

UK farmers and veterinarians have been told to continue to follow prescription guidelines for treating animals with antibiotics after a group of health experts suggested current guidance needed to be...

... Livestock farming standards to get boost under antimicrobial-resistance plan

The European Commission has unveiled plans to promote better global livestock farming standards in a bid to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals and humans.

... Protecting longer-life layers against infectious bronchitis

With many laying hens now remaining in production up to 500 days, it’s time to rethink infectious bronchitis (IB) protection protocols, says Dieter Vancraeynest, DVM, PhD, a poultry veterinarian at...

... Alternative therapies called best long-term hope for blackhead disease in turkeys

Alternative treatments may be the only long-term hope for managing blackhead in turkeys, said Robert Beckstead, PhD, turkey health specialist, North Carolina State University.

... Five-year plan launched to limit Hong Kong’s poultry antibiotic use

Hong Kong has launched a five-year action plan to reduce the amount of antibiotics used by farmers and limit the threat of antimicrobial resistance in the city.

... Mobile app to help Egyptian poultry farmers control disease

Egyptian poultry producers are set to benefit from a high-tech tool designed to help them identify early signs of avian influenza and other poultry diseases.

... Superbug warning over India’s poultry antibiotics use

The use of antibiotics for growth promotion in Indian poultry production is helping to breed bacteria that are highly resistant to most antibiotics, scientists have warned.

... UK makes significant cuts in poultry antibiotic use

The UK poultry sector has reduced its antibiotic use by more than 70% over four years, according to latest industry figures.

... Coccidiosis, necrotic enteritis challenge cage-free layer systems

Cage-free housing for egg layers allows birds to exhibit more natural behaviors, but it also carries an increased risk for morbidity and mortality...

... Compartmentalization key to global avian flu control

Standardizing biosecurity measures across the poultry sector is key to protecting birds from avian influenza and ensuring outbreaks do not decimate trade, according to a poultry health expert.

... Managing coccidiosis successfully in poultry raised without antibiotics

Producers raising flocks without antibiotics are finding new ways to manage gut health and coccidiosis with vaccination and anticoccidials, said Greg Mathis, PhD, coccidiosis specialist.

... Finding the right balance with antibiotics and flock welfare

Part 3: The issue of antibiotics in poultry continues to divide the poultry industry, with one side supporting routine preventive use and the other committed to raising birds without antibiotics.

... New rule, same baseline skews sampling for foodborne pathogens

Part 2: Last year, the US poultry industry switched from buffered peptone water to “neutralized” buffered peptone to reduce the risk of false negatives when sampling whole chickens and parts for...

... US broiler industry steadily reducing incidence of foodborne pathogens

Part 1: The US broiler industry is successfully and steadily reducing the prevalence of Salmonella and Campylobacter on chicken parts since the USDA’s new performance standards took effect.

... ‘Raised without antibiotics’ marketing has nothing to do with science

By David French, DVM Staff Veterinarian Sanderson Farms

... China launches national plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance

China’s government has launched a national plan to reduce antimicrobial use in poultry and livestock production in an effort to limit drug resistance.

... AI vaccination needed in China to prevent global pandemic, scientists say

Vaccination against avian influenza must become a standard procedure in China to avoid the risk of the the disease mutating and becoming a global pandemic, scientists have warned.

... Broiler research reveals campylobacter treatment challenge

The immune response of broilers does not develop fast enough to enable birds to fight off campylobacter present in the gut, scientists say.

... In ovo feeding predicted to drive genetic potential of birds in future

Feeding chicks in ovo and imprinting behavior through diet in the first days of life will help producers get the most from broilers’ genetic potential in future, says a leading poultry

... Reducing food-borne bacterial infections must be team effort

Increased pressure to reduce bacterial food-borne infections in consumers is affecting poultry production from start to finish, panelists reported at a food safety roundtable, “Lightening the Load:...

... AAAP premieres video at 60th annual conference

A video saluting accomplishments of the American Association of Avian Pathologists made its debut on the closing night of the group’s 60th annual conference.

... Poultry veterinarian named to AVMA Future Leaders program

Tak Niino, VMD, a senior poultry technical services representative for Zoetis, was one of 10 veterinarians in different fields selected to the Future Leaders program of the American Veterinary...

... Sanderson Farms vet drawing new battle lines against ILT

Sanderson Farms growers have been asked to stop driving their farm trucks off the farm to help prevent outbreaks of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT), according to Phil Stayer, DVM, head...

... Poultry veterinarians need to be the ‘voice of the birds’

Veterinarians need to be more proactive and be the “voice of the birds” on issues related to health and well-being, according to Nancy Reimers, DVM, chair of the Animal Welfare Committee, AAAP.

... 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.

... Infectious bronchitis: The ‘eye of the storm’ for chicken health

Ask any poultry producer about the most economically important disease in broilers, breeders or layers. Infectious bronchitis (IB) almost always tops the list and could best be described as the...

... Veteran poultry scientist optimistic about managing necrotic enteritis in NAE flocks

The trend toward “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) poultry production has no doubt spawned problems with necrotic enteritis (NE), but the industry is making progress in its search for alternative...

... MG in poultry: Often overlooked but still costly

The incidence of Mycoplasma gallisepticum is currently low in broiler and broiler breeder flocks thanks to decades of effort by the US poultry industry, but producers should maintain their guard to...

... Poultry disease specialists from more than 25 countries to gather in Indianapolis for 60th AAAP Conference

Poultry veterinarians and disease specialists from more than 25 countries will gather in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 21-25, for the 60th annual conference of the American Association of Avian...

... Change diets to reduce dust and ammonia in cage-free systems

Reducing protein, adding fiber and feeding supplements to poultry can help producers control ammonia levels inside cage-free housing.

... Breeder E. coli vaccination boosts broiler health

Vaccination of broiler breeders against Escherichia coli helps improve the health of their progeny, reports a veterinarian in South Africa.

... Getting the hatchery ready for ‘No Antibiotics Ever’ production

Sanitation is the key to success when a hatchery completely removes antibiotics from its process, Josh Mulkey told Poultry Health Today.

... Gangrenous dermatitis: Guarding against a costly disease

by Tom Tabler, PhD Extension Professor Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, Mississippi

... Should we tap the brakes on slow-growth chicken?

Consumers advocating the use of slow-growth chickens mistakenly assume these birds have better welfare conditions, said Terrence O’Keefe, editor and content director, Watt AgNet.

... China urged to take tougher measures against avian flu

Producers in China need to make greater efforts to prevent and control the spread of the H7N9 influenza virus, according to an animal health expert.

... Managing coccidia ‘leakage’ in antibiotic-free production systems

The US broiler industry has long relied on coccidial leakage to create immunity against coccidiosis in chickens. In antibiotic-free production systems, leakage occurs but can be more challenging to...

... Mountaire stands on middle ground in antibiotic debate

While the all-or-nothing debate about the use of antibiotics in commercial poultry continues, Mountaire Farms is standing on solid middle ground, said Don Ritter, DVM.

... Lapses in biosecurity: Veterinarian urges poultry companies to avoid these mistakes

Biosecurity needs to be approached as a comprehensive process, not as a series of segregated actions, according to Jean Sander, DVM, senior technical services veterinarian for Zoetis.

... Vigilance key for limiting avian flu risk

European officials are urging poultry producers to review of the signs and symptoms of avian flu and biosecurity measures for containing it.

... Air quality affects S. Heidelberg colonization in broilers

Improving air quality in broiler houses may be an important way to reduce colonization of S. Heidelberg, according to the results of a study presented at the 2017 International Poultry Scientific...

... 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

... Farm transparency key to improving views on intensive poultry production

Opening poultry farms to the public could help improve shoppers’ opinions about intensive poultry production, according to scientists in Germany.

... Teaming with poultry companies to ensure carcass quality and food safety

The role of today’s technical services veterinarian needs to go beyond posting sessions, field trials, product support and customized disease-management programs.

... 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 services to aid the growth of...

... Poultry Health Today unveils new tools for saving content, creating custom reports

Poultry Health Today — the industry’s only news website focused on flock health and welfare — has added new tools that allow registered users to bookmark favorites, save items for later viewing...

... Farm transparency key to improving views on intensive poultry production

Opening poultry farms to the public could help improve shoppers’ opinions about intensive poultry production, according to scientists in Germany.

... 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 that steer government regulations...

... Both organic, conventional processing reduce Campylobacter on carcasses

Both conventional and organic processing methods reduced Campylobacter on broiler carcasses in a recent study by Purdue University. Matthew Bailey, a grad student at the university, discussed the...

... 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 bacterial infections.

... Optimizing diets could limit foot pad dermatitis outbreaks

Managing diets to improve litter quality could help limit incidence of foot pad dermatitis (FPD) in broiler chickens and turkeys, scientists say.

... 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 Center The Ohio State University

... 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.

... Broiler immunity develops too little, too late to fight campylobacter

In the first-ever study of functional immunity to campylobacter in chickens, research by the University of Liverpool found that antibodies play a key role in clearing the bacteria from the gut,...