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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.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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...

... 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.  

... 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...

... 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...

... 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,...

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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

... 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. 

... 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

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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...

... 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...

... 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...

... 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: 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

... 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.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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,...

... 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...

... 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.  

... 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...

... 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...

... 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...

... 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.

... 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

... 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,...

... 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...

... 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...

... Proper windrowing can minimize disease, benefit environmental management

By George W. Malone, MS Malone Poultry Consulting Princess Anne, Maryland

... Successful ABF production: Mastered technique or corporate culture?

Indiana's Miller Poultry's owner and president Galen Miller and production manager Stephen Shepard discuss their experiences, priorities, management style and business philosophy that led to 30%...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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...

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

By David French, DVM Staff Veterinarian Sanderson Farms

... 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...

... 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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...

... 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...

... 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.

... 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

... 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.

... Antibiotic issues broaden poultry veterinarians’ role

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

... ‘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.

... 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 seven-fold increase since 2014.

... Better accuracy, hatchability, protection seen in birds vaccinated with dual-needle system

Broiler studies demonstrate that a dual-needle in ovo delivery system yields more accurate vaccine placement, better hatchability and better disease protection compared to a single-needle...

... E. coli vaccine reduced colibacillosis lesions and mortality in turkeys

A modified-live Escherichia coli vaccine for turkeys was demonstrated to be safe and effectively reduced the incidence of lesions and mortality due to colibacillosis, according to recent studies.

... Foster Farms’ vet shares tips for managing a food-safety crisis in the poultry industry

You’re a veterinarian at a major poultry company that’s just been slammed by a food-safety crisis. Can you imagine what that’s like? And more important, would you know what to do?

... Surveillance, careful vaccine selection tops “shoot-in-the-dark” strategy for IB control

Microbiologist Mark Jackwood, PhD, University of Georgia, urges producers not to “shoot in the dark” with infectious bronchitis vaccines and, instead, to focus on surveillance, monitoring and...

... Latest edition of Poultry Health Today features in-depth report on antibiotic-free production trend

The new issue of Poultry Health Today looks at the evolution of antibiotic-free production, its rapid growth over the past three years and where the industry is heading with what’s become a...

... AAAP: Woody breast, similar broiler-muscle conditions not linked to infectious pathogens or food safety

Three well-defined, degenerative breast diseases of broiler chickens — woody breast, white striping and deep pectoral myopathy — are not associated with infectious or pathogenic agents, nor do...

... Biosecurity in poultry production: What makes it work — and what doesn’t

By Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, DMV, MSc, PhD Professor, director Research Group on the Epidemiology of Zoonoses and Public Health Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire Associate director Université...

... IBV variants in poultry: Aiming for cross-protection

By Mark W. Jackwood, PhD Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center Department of Population Health College of Veterinary Medicine University of Georgia

... What’s the most humane way to raise a chicken? Watch and listen

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

... Anticoccidial rotation, good husbandry can improve coccidiosis control

Poultry producers worldwide know the importance of cutting losses from coccidiosis – the parasitic disease that is still causing significant losses in growth rate and feed efficiency.

... 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.

... S. enteritidis shedding more frequent among hens in conventional cages

Fecal shedding of Salmonella enteritidis was significantly more frequent among experimentally infected laying hens in conventional cages compared to hens housed in enriched colony cages, indicates a...

... Mathis: Long-term planning key to effective coccidiosis management

Whether the production system is antibiotic-free or conventional, long-term planning and strategic rotation programs are the best ways to ensure effective, sustainable control of coccidiosis, the...

... Talking with customers about antibiotic use and other poultry-production practices

Today’s consumers face a bewildering array of labels and marketing claims when purchasing poultry products — particularly as it relates to antibiotics.

... Bill Gates leading drive to buy chicken flocks for impoverished families

If you were living on $2 a day, what would you do to improve your life? If you’re Bill Gates, you'd raise chickens.

... Tyson vet shares experiences with antibiotic-free broilers

Producing Salmonella-free chicks without antibiotics is a delicate procedure — sort of a little like baking a cake, says Scott Gustin, DVM, director of veterinary services for Tyson.

... Water pressure: How does it affect broilers’ consumption, performance?

Low-pressure water systems designed to reduce water usage have some poultry growers turning up the pressure to hydrate flocks and improve bird performance, but is this a sound practice economically?

... What is the carbon footprint of your poultry farm?

New research by the University of Georgia on greenhouse-gas emissions from poultry farms is expected to lay the groundwork for reducing the industry's carbon footprint.

... IBD vaccination: HVT vector vaccine or live?

By Kalen Cookson, DVM, MAM Director of clinical research Zoetis Inc.

... Necrotic enteritis in broilers: Disease or syndrome?

Steve Davis, DVM, of Colorado Quality Research, talks about emerging virulent strains of Clostridium perfringens and their impact on the prevalence severity of necrotic enteritis in broilers.

... AAAP: Poultry health, welfare ‘should not be sacrificed in the name of marketing’

Antibiotic use in poultry should be minimized through carefully planned and well-executed preventive practices, according to to a new position statement released by the American Association of Avian...

... Field vaccination for respiratory disease: spray or pump?

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

... IBD V877 vaccine can break through maternal antibodies

A live infectious bursal disease (IBD) vaccine based on the V877 strain can override maternal antibodies, doesn’t revert to virulence and has limited interactions with other live vaccines.

... Meeting the new USDA/FSIS standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry

USDA/FSIS issued new standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground poultry meat and chicken and turkey parts.

... Mountaire veterinarian discusses managing E. coli in broilers in the face of IBV infection

Don Ritter, DVM, of Mountaire Farms, details the company’s recent bout with IB in broilers and the costly secondary infection of E. coli that followed.

... Live E. coli, Salmonella vaccines remained effective when used together in challenge study

Administration of a modified-live Escherichia coli vaccine along with a live Salmonella vaccine does not appear to affect the efficacy of either, indicate the results of a recent challenge study.[1]...

... 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...

... Latest edition of Poultry Health Today magazine now available to download

ATLANTA, Jan. 26 — The latest edition of Poultry Health Today magazine is now available to download.

... Poultry Health Today launches mobile app

Poultry Health Today, the world’s only magazine, newsletter and website focused entirely on flock health, welfare and sustainability, has partnered with sponsor Zoetis to launch a mobile app for...

... ‘Vets on Call’ video series visits major US egg producer

The health and welfare of laying hens at Rose Acre Farms —the second largest egg producer in the US — is the subject of a two-part video of the popular “Vets on Call” YouTube series.

... Avian flu back in spotlight with new cases in Indiana

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of H7N8 avian influenza in nine flocks in southwestern Indiana — the first in the US since June 2015.

... Pathways to protection: How one vaccine decision can affect options for managing other diseases in broilers

Broiler operations want to provide the best disease protection for the least cost, but deciding which vaccines to use and when can be a daunting task.

... E. coli vaccine stable when rehydrated with diverse water types or combined with coccidiosis vaccine

A modified-live Escherichia coli vaccine remained “extremely” stable when rehydrated with diverse types of water and when it was combined with a coccidiosis vaccine, indicate the results of a...

... Preventing infection, dehydration helps ensure good chick quality

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

... Three more broiler diseases you can manage with vaccination

There's more to poultry health than Marek's, IBD, ILT and ND. Vaccines also play major roles in curbing these common diseases.

... Breaches in biosecurity: Sanderson Farms vet shares three valuable lessons

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

... Fine-tuning rotation plan can improve coccidiosis management

Broiler producers have made important strides in managing coccidiosis but could further improve control and cut losses by rethinking their strategy for anticoccidial rotation, say veterinarians who...

... Sustainability: What on earth does it really mean? And how does it apply to poultry health?

In the poultry industry, sustainability trends are reshaping every link in the production chain. But what exactly does it mean for poultry to be “sustainable”?

... Sustainability: What does it mean to poultry health?

In agriculture, sustainability translates to producing more with less — a goal that morphs into a dire need when looking at global population trends. According to a recent UN report, food...

... Zoetis to expand biodevice solutions for poultry industry with acquisition of hatchery-automation company

Zoetis Inc. announced an agreement to acquire KL Products, Inc. to strengthen automation technology for poultry hatchery operations.

... Coccidiosis research yielding new perspectives on AST

Adding molecular biology (PCR) to anticoccidial sensitivity testing (AST), offers a more in-depth look — and surprising findings — of Eimeria species contributing to coccidiosis in poultry...

... Poultry vet urges poultry producers to guard against E. coli

Long regarded as a secondary infection to respiratory disease, E. coli is now rated as a primary infection in many layer and broiler-breeder flocks, according to Jose Linares, DVM and technical...

... Media consultant: Let poultry vets tell the antibiotic story

The U.S. poultry industry needs to do a better job telling its story about antibiotics and their role in sustainable production and flock welfare, according to Frank Singleton, a media consultant...

... Poultry specialist offers tips for managing gut health through better nutrition

Nutritionist Brett Lumpkins, PhD, of Southern Poultry Research, Athens, Georgia, talks about antibiotic-free poultry production, the challenges it presents and how rations can be adjusted for better...

... Defining, and demonstrating, sustainability in the poultry industry

Billy Hargis, PhD, University of Arkansas, thinks the US poultry industry has already set high standards for sustainability, but its efforts are largely misunderstood and unappreciated.

... Broiler chicks show less tendon swelling, weight suppression in reovirus vaccine study

A recent study showed that broiler chicks receiving higher reovirus antibody levels from conventionally vaccinated hens had a lower incidence of tendon swelling and were protected from weight...

... Link between fishmeal, Eimeria and necrotic enteritis in broilers explored

Insights into how fishmeal in poultry rations and Eimeria infection may predispose broilers to necrotic enteritis come from a study by Australian investigators.

... Roundtable highlights: Raising poultry without antibiotics

Antibiotic-free poultry production remains uncharted territory that’s yielding varied results, a few surprises and an ethical dilemma for veterinarians, poultry experts said at an industry...

... Doing a 180: A little education goes a long way toward changing customers’ attitudes about antibiotics

Back in 2008, Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis Inc.) conducted market research to get a better handle on consumer opinions about the use of antibiotics...

... Too busy for sustainability? Think again

Sure, sustainability is a sound and noble concept — something everyone needs to think about and practice — but try telling that to a veterinarian or producer in the middle of an infectious...


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