Category Archive: Antibiotic-free, Biosecurity, Global TOPICS, Gut Health, Interviews, News, PHT GLOBAL, PHT US, Podcast, TOPICS, Videos
Feb 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Good management and biosecurity vital to overcoming disease challenges in NAE systemsGetting back to basics with bird and house management is key to overcoming coccidiosis and other health issues affecting producers using NAE systems.
Jan 23, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Effective Salmonella control requires involvement of entire production chainBy Douglas L. Fulnechek, DVM, Senior Public Health Veterinarian, Zoetis
Jan 09, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Three keys to successful IBV controlHighly contagious and constantly evolving, infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is notoriously difficult to control.
Dec 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on 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...
Dec 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on One Health Certified label seeks balanced approach to poultry production, marketingA new label under development for meat and poultry products will represent production that seeks a balanced approach to poultry production and marketing.
Dec 03, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Industry needs more poultry scientists to tackle disease challengesMore 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.
Nov 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on NAE production: Helping contract growers navigate maze of new challengesBy Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, Mississippi
Nov 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Salmonella’s sex life key to mitigating food safety risksFood 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.
Nov 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on AAAP publishes eighth edition of Avian Disease ManualThe 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.
Nov 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on US poultry vets: Disease control and food safety identified as future research prioritiesSurveys 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...
Nov 01, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ensuring strong immunity key to successful ‘no antibiotics ever’ broiler productionProducers 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...
Oct 28, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Perdue veterinarian seeks answers to inconsistent foodborne pathogen loadTaking 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...
Oct 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Moisture monitoring critical to improving bird health and welfarePoultry 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.
Oct 20, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Coccidiosis control: Keys to success with a bioshuttle programResistance is unlikely to be a problem in coccidiosis bioshuttle programs, Greg Mathis, PhD, Southern Poultry Research, told Poultry Health Today.
Oct 17, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Necrotic enteritis control requires multi-pronged approach in RWA systemsFeeding 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),...
Oct 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Avian pathogenic E. coli: Difficult to prevent and controlThe bacterium E. coli has re-emerged in broiler operations, which seems to coincide with poultry companies’ switch to ‘no antibiotics ever’ (NAE) programs.
Sep 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Helping contract growers’ transition to no-antibiotics-ever broiler productionSuccessful transition from conventional to no-antibiotics-ever (NAE) broiler production requires awareness of all the changes needed and lots of advance planning.
Sep 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘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
Sep 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Better air circulation, moderately lower humidity improve paw qualityIncreasing 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.
Sep 12, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tips for ensuring best field vaccination results with Poulvac® ST or Poulvac® E. coliTOOLBOX, Issue 12: An interview with Lloyd Keck, DVM, ACPV, Senior Technical Service Veterinarian, Zoetis
Sep 12, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sprinkler systems benefit animal welfare, reduce water useSprinkler systems used in conjunction with cool cells during hot summer weather can not only benefit animal welfare, they can dramatically reduce water use.
Aug 28, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Poultry litter management key to MS controlLitter 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...
Aug 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Preharvest reduction of Salmonella, Campylobacter key to better control effortsBy Abhinav Upadhyay, DVM, PhD, postdoctoral associate and Dan J. Donoghue, PhD, professor, University of Arkansas
Aug 19, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Preventive measures are only option for combatting key parasites in turkeysTurkey 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...
Aug 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Zinc can help combat infectious bronchitis in poultryResearch 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...
Aug 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Water quality: No room for error in NAE flocksBy Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department, Mississippi State, Mississippi
Aug 11, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Reducing salmonellosis: Let’s try teaching ‘aseptic technique’ in the home kitchenBy 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
Aug 08, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Report: US poultry producers slash use of medically important antimicrobials while shifting focus to disease preventionUS 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,...
Jul 26, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Studies in chickens could lead to blackhead control in turkeysBroiler breeders are an ideal carrier for Histomonas — the cause of blackhead disease — but unlike turkeys that often die from the infection, broiler breeders survive.
Jul 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Focus on these 4 areas to ensure broiler chick successFaultless 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.
Jul 25, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on New AAAP Women’s Network opening doors in poultry industryA new group within the AAAP aims to provide a forum for the growing number of women who are joining the avian veterinary profession.
Jul 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Focal duodenal necrosis in table-egg layers easily overlookedFocal duodenal necrosis in table-egg layers can be an easily overlooked cause of drops in egg production and egg-case weight loss.
Jul 09, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on When vaccinating broilers against Salmonella may be worthwhileVaccinating 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.
Jun 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Be prepared to prevent heat stress in layersBy Jean E. Sander, DVM, Senior Technical Services Veterinarian Zoetis
Jun 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on World poultry industry still struggling with necrotic enteritisNE 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.
Jun 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Zoetis Fast Tracking Relaunch of Avian Coryza Vaccine to Aid U.S. Disease OutbreaksZoetis has reintroduced the vaccine Poulvac® Coryza ABC IC3 to help U.S. poultry producers combat outbreaks of avian coryza, an acute respiratory infection.
Jun 17, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Maslow’s Pyramid: Self-actualization for chickens?By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV, Corporate Veterinarian, Sanderson Farms, Inc.
May 20, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on A few tools to improve brooding, not antibiotic alternatives, are key to NE preventionBy Reg Smith, Vice President, Operations, Atlantic Poultry, Nova Scotia, Canada, Formerly Chair, British Poultry Council’s Antibiotic Stewardship strategy
May 18, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Z-CAS helping feed mills, producers get the most from medicated feed additivesTOOLBOX, Issue 6: An interview with Marc Howerton, Customer Analytical Services Supervisor, Zoetis
May 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Poultry producers facing higher hurdles with USDA food-safety standardsPoultry producers can expect to jump higher hurdles as USDA continues to raise the bar for food safety.
May 06, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on More than half of US broilers raised without antibiotics in 2018Broilers 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.
Apr 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Hatchery hygiene helps limit broiler E. coli mortality riskDisinfecting eggs and improving overall hygiene in the hatchery could dramatically reduce the risk of mortality linked to E. coli infections, scientists say.
Apr 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Life without antibiotics: Field lessons learned the hard wayProducers need to think long and hard before jumping into “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) poultry production.
Apr 09, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Genomic sequencing could aid ILT control efforts in poultryMolecular 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,...
Apr 08, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Navigating the maze of alternative products for necrotic enteritis controlThe 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.
Apr 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Urban chicken movement requires legislators to learn chicken basicsLegislators 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.
Mar 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Effective biosecurity requires addressing the culture of a companyEffective 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.
Mar 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Novel technologies needed to combat IB in chickensDespite 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.
Mar 22, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on How to avoid performance drops when initiating coccidiosis vaccinationTOOLBOX, Issue 11: An interview with Jon Schaeffer, DVM, Director of Poultry Veterinary Services, Zoetis
Mar 21, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gizzard changes seen in NAE flocks but diagnosis is murkyRaising 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...
Mar 19, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Biosecurity expert sees more room for improvement on poultry farmsBiosecurity 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.
Mar 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on USDA poultry inspections can help improve live production, processingBy Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Feb 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mycoplasma synoviae demanding more attention as poultry industry grasps its full impactEmerging, 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...
Feb 18, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Management key to preventing green muscle disease in broilersBy Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department, Mississippi State, Mississippi
Jan 24, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Vaccination of broilers ‘quick and easy’ way to get Salmonella under controlVaccination 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,...
Jan 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on 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.
... Commercial poultry vets can help backyard growers, and themselves, by sharing tips on biosecurity
Jan 14, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Commercial poultry vets can help backyard growers, and themselves, by sharing tips on biosecurityImproved communication between poultry company veterinarians and backyard chicken growers could help improve biosecurity and reduce disease spread for all flocks.
Dec 18, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on New US turkey hatchery shows industry’s focus on automation, biosecurityBetween 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...
Dec 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Selection of IBV GA 08 vaccine, proper administration can minimize reactionsTOOLBOX, Issue 10: An interview with Kalen Cookson, DVM, MAM, Director of Clinical Research, Zoetis
Dec 13, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Hurricane Florence and the poultry industry: Coping with the aftermathBy Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Dec 06, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on 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.
Dec 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on 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.
Nov 28, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Fresh approach to coccidiosis needed to tackle increase in broiler gut damageChanges 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.
Nov 20, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Lack of approved medications continues to stymie welfare-minded turkey producersAnother 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...
Nov 08, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Heat stress may impair immune system in broilersHeat 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.
Nov 05, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Consistency, follow-up key to controlling IBVInfectious 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.
Oct 21, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Vaccination protects broilers from IBV despite exposure to moderate ammonia levelsProperly 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.
Oct 18, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on AAAP issues call for papers for 2019 conferenceThe 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.
Oct 07, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Three research-proven ways to maximize Marek’s disease controlBy Tarsicio Villalobos, DVM, Zoetis
Oct 03, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Proper water pressure, volume essential to good flock performanceBy Tom Tabler, PhD, Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department, Mississippi State, MS
Sep 26, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study shows how unchanged boots disrupt biosecurityPoultry 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.
Sep 20, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Modified-live vaccination reduced salmonellosis in Brazilian studyNew research confirms that modified-live vaccines (MLVs) can effectively reduce salmonellosis in broilers — a leading cause of food poisoning in humans.
Sep 07, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on SPECIAL REPORT – IBV: Managing a moving targetInfectious 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.
Sep 04, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Controlling coccidiosis helps prevent histomoniasis in broiler pulletsThe 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...
Aug 08, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on 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.
Jul 27, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Let there be light: Early exposure to UV aids broiler behavior, performanceAdding 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...
Jul 26, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Footpad dermatitis a greater concern in chickens grown to older agesFootpad 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...
Jul 20, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Natural disease resistance could be bred into chickens, scientists saySelecting birds that are naturally more resistant to disease could help the poultry industry reduce antibiotics use in the future, say researchers.
... Specialists share tips for optimizing immunity in ‘no antibiotics ever’ and ‘reduced use’ broiler flocks
Jul 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Specialists share tips for optimizing immunity in ‘no antibiotics ever’ and ‘reduced use’ broiler flocksFinding 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...
Jun 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on More amino acids, feed aid broiler chicks vaccinated for coccidiosisFeeding broilers a diet high in amino acids, along with more feed, can minimize the adverse effects on performance that sometimes occur after coccidiosis vaccination.
May 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Gene technology has potential to multiply vaccine benefitsScientists 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.
May 01, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tyson vet: Act quickly on unexplained poultry mortalityQuick action by breeder managers and veterinarians is credited with the rapid resolution of an avian influenza (AI) outbreak in Tennessee in March of 2017.
Apr 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Lack of medications, veterinarians hamper turkey industryThe 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...
Apr 10, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on 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...
Mar 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on 6 steps to increasing broiler feed intakeMaking small management changes on poultry farms and tracking their effects can help increase feed intake and maximize profitability, according to a leading nutritionist.
Mar 15, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Import restrictions enforced after avian flu outbreaks in AfricaLive 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).
Mar 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Inspect what you expect’ applies to poultry vaccination crewsBy Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV Corporate Veterinarian Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Feb 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Clostridial dermatitis: Why is it so prevalent in turkeys?Skin lesions in turkeys open the door to Clostridium infections and clostridial dermatitis, the most important disease in the turkey industry, according to a study by Kakambi Nagaraja, PhD,...
Jan 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Commercial and backyard poultry production: Bringing two worlds together for better biosecurityby Tom Tabler, PhD Extension Professor Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, MS
Jan 09, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Site-specific biosecurity key to disease protectionEgg 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.
Jan 08, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on South African producers ‘unprepared’ for bird flu, expert saysSouth 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.
Dec 15, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Plan B: Using sentinel birds to track poultry viruses when you can’t obtain SPF birdsSometimes 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...
Dec 15, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Broiler-house management is key to preventing winter respiratory diseaseBy Tak Niino, VMD Technical services veterinarian Zoetis Inc.
Dec 13, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Paw quality in broilers: Why it’s importantBy Tom Tabler, PhD Extension Professor Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department Mississippi State, Mississippi
Dec 12, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Deadly duo: Study shows link between E. maxima, ClostridiumNew 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...
Dec 07, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on 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.
Dec 07, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Check farm biosecurity now ahead of potential avian flu return, disease expert saysPoultry 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.
Nov 14, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Immune-response research could yield new IB strategies for poultryResearch 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...
Nov 06, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Salmonella on carcass skin can contaminate ground turkeySalmonella 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...
Sep 17, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Farmers told to ‘stick to guidelines’ for antibiotics as experts question conventional usageUK 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...
Sep 17, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Livestock farming standards to get boost under antimicrobial-resistance planThe 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.
Sep 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mobile app to help Egyptian poultry farmers control diseaseEgyptian 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.
Sep 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Superbug warning over India’s poultry antibiotics useThe 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.
Sep 05, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on UK makes significant cuts in poultry antibiotic useThe UK poultry sector has reduced its antibiotic use by more than 70% over four years, according to latest industry figures.
Aug 30, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Compartmentalization key to global avian flu controlStandardizing 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.
Jul 26, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on AI vaccination needed in China to prevent global pandemic, scientists sayVaccination 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.
Jul 26, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Broiler research reveals campylobacter treatment challengeThe immune response of broilers does not develop fast enough to enable birds to fight off campylobacter present in the gut, scientists say.
Jul 25, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Reducing food-borne bacterial infections must be team effortIncreased 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:...
Jul 20, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sanderson Farms vet drawing new battle lines against ILTSanderson 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...
Jul 07, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Change diets to reduce dust and ammonia in cage-free systemsReducing protein, adding fiber and feeding supplements to poultry can help producers control ammonia levels inside cage-free housing.
Jul 06, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Breeder E. coli vaccination boosts broiler healthVaccination of broiler breeders against Escherichia coli helps improve the health of their progeny, reports a veterinarian in South Africa.
Jun 27, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on China urged to take tougher measures against avian fluProducers in China need to make greater efforts to prevent and control the spread of the H7N9 influenza virus, according to an animal health expert.
Jun 15, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Options for Salmonella control in live poultry productionBy Steven C. Ricke, PhD Professor, University of Arkansas Director, Center for Food Safety, Institute of Food Science and Engineering University of Arkansas
May 31, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Farm transparency key to improving views on intensive poultry productionOpening poultry farms to the public could help improve shoppers’ opinions about intensive poultry production, according to scientists in Germany.
May 03, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Both organic, conventional processing reduce Campylobacter on carcassesBoth 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...
Apr 27, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Optimizing diets could limit foot pad dermatitis outbreaksManaging diets to improve litter quality could help limit incidence of foot pad dermatitis (FPD) in broiler chickens and turkeys, scientists say.
Apr 26, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Experts warn of red mite risk thanks to avian fluForced 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.
Apr 25, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Farm uses lasers to guard hens from avian influenzaOrchard Eggs, based in West Sussex, is using Dutch laser technology to scare off wild migratory birds and prevent them from mixing with the farm’s outdoor flock and protect them from avian flu.
Apr 04, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Vaccination helping to reduce mortality rates from E. coli in France’s layer flocksFour out of five health problems in layer flocks in France are related to Escherichia coli, according to Jocelyn Marguerie, DVM.
Mar 31, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on More collaboration needed to drive housing welfare standardsGreater collaboration between producers, veterinarians, engineers and scientists is needed to design housing systems that offer the highest levels of hen welfare, according to a leading geneticist.
Feb 16, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Could GM technology produce the next generation of poultry vaccines?Genetic engineering could unlock a new generation of vaccines that have the potential to tackle major poultry diseases more quickly and effectively, scientists say.
Feb 14, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Temperature and humidity key to healthy climate controlUnderstanding temperature and humidity is key to ensuring climate control systems are as effective as they can be in helping to produce healthy birds.
Feb 13, 2017Susan SpiegelComments Off on Zoetis offering research funds for parasitic disease in poultry, other speciesZoetis is offering grants of up to $150,000 to find new approaches for controlling parasites in poultry and other species.
Jan 25, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Early feeding, housing may affect broiler response to immune challengesEarly feeding after hatch and the housing type can affect the response of broilers to immune challenges later in life, indicates a study from the Netherlands.
Jan 22, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on Infectious bronchitis: Containing an ever-changing diseaseBy Dieter Vancraeynest, DVM, PhD Zoetis
Jan 12, 2017PHT EditorComments Off on NCC to food industry and consumers: Go slow on slower-growing chickensThe National Chicken Council is urging food-service and retail industries, non-governmental organizations and consumers to go slow on the slow-growth chicken trend before evaluating its potential...
... Poultry companies need to balance consumer preferences with flock health, welfare and food safety
Dec 19, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on Poultry companies need to balance consumer preferences with flock health, welfare and food safetySuzanne Dougherty, DVM, a consulting poultry veterinarian based in Alabama, talks with Poultry Health Today about the challenges of reducing or even eliminating antibiotics in broiler production...
Oct 30, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on Reports of colistin resistance prompting layer producers to rethink E. coli managementBy Dieter Vancraeynest, DVM, PhD Zoetis [email protected]
Oct 25, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on How the AST improves management of coccidiosis and flock performanceIt’s been over a century since coccidial oocysts were first observed in the ceca of a chicken. Since the 1940s, many anticoccidials have been developed to combat these protozoan parasites....
Oct 05, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on FDA: Some antibiotics still OK for production purposesNew FDA guidelines that discourage using medically important antibiotics for promoting growth in food animals appear to have been well-received by both producers and most consumer activists. Change...
Sep 16, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on Condemnations, mortality shift focus to E. coli vaccination in some broiler flocksWhile infectious bronchitis remains a serious threat to broiler health, it often opens the door to the more costly secondary infection, E coli, explained Kalen Cookson, DVM, director of clinical...
Sep 13, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on Rigorous surveillance imperative to prevent spread of avian influenzaThe enormous economic threat that avian influenza (AI) poses to the global poultry industry, coupled with its potential for evolution into zoonotic forms that threaten people, underscore the need for...
Sep 07, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on Survey correlates anticoccidial rotation with improved coccidiosis managementA six-country survey in North and South America demonstrates that rotation of in-feed anticoccidials correlates with more effective coccidiosis management in broilers.
Apr 29, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on Alternative treatments for necrotic enteritis: Has CQR’s Steve Davis found the ‘silver bullet’?For years Steve Davis, DVM, of Colorado Quality Research had been looking for what he calls the "silver bullet" for managing NE in broilers without antibiotics.
Apr 28, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on EU could face further restrictions on antibiotic use in farm animalsFurther restrictions on the use of antibiotics in farm animals may be underway for the EU, a development that could be especially problematic for poultry producers.
Jan 21, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on Marketing vs. Medicine: Finding the balanceGrowing demand for poultry raised without food-animal antibiotics has put more pressure on veterinarians to find alternative yet dependable disease-control options, according to a panel of nine...
Jan 12, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on Newsletter identifies top 5 topics in food and agricultureGMOs, organic foods, food safety, farm stewardship and antibiotics were the “most highly discussed” food and agriculture topics by the US media and top influencers in the second half of 2015,...
Jan 02, 2016PHT EditorComments Off on FDA: Salmonella, antibiotic resistance declining in US poultry meatIncidence of Salmonella in ground chicken and turkey meat has dropped to its lowest level since the FDA began monitoring the foodborne pathogen, according to a new report. However, the development...
Dec 15, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Tyson Foods balancing antibiotic use, animal stewardshipTyson Foods aims to remove all human-used antibiotics from poultry production but will make exceptions for sick poultry when no other treatment would be effective.
Dec 15, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on HPAI spread by poor biosecurityThe USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently released an updated epidemiology report outlining its findings on the spread of the highly pathogenic AI through June 5.
Dec 15, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on ILT vaccination decisions can be difficult balancing act in broilersBy Lloyd Keck, DVM, ACPV Senior Technical Services Veterinarian Zoetis Inc.
Nov 15, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Wet litter, footpad dermatitis tied to reduced broiler performanceIncreased litter moisture not only led to severe footpad dermatitis (FPD) in broilers, it reduced other aspects of animal welfare and negatively affected performance and carcass yield.
Nov 09, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Antibiotic use in the U.S. poultry industryBy C.S. Roney, DVM, MAM Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Sep 30, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Managing ILT: Traditional CEO vaccines still provide ‘best protection’John Glisson, DVM — professor emeritus at the University of Georgia and well-known respiratory disease specialist — talks about the ups and downs on infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in poultry...
Sep 28, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Are ionophores antibiotics? That depends on whom you askIn the EU — a market often perceived to be less tolerant of antibiotic use in food animals than the US — antibiotics used for growth promotion were banned in 2006. However, certain ionophores,...
Sep 28, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Complex broiler-vaccine decisions require expert adviceDeveloping a vaccination program targeting optimal performance and return requires more planning and expertise than local “experts” at the farm store can offer.
Sep 20, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Sanderson’s Phil Stayer: ‘Sustainability is really nothing new for poultry’Maintaining good intestinal health is particularly important for sustainability because the condition of the gut ultimately determines a flock’s growth rate and feed conversion.
Sep 09, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Waste-heat recovery system could save millions annually while improving air qualityA team of researchers and engineers from the University of Missouri has developed a waste-heat recovery system that could lead to significant savings in propane costs for producers heating their...
Aug 31, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Environmental risk analysis helps ensure best results with in ovo vaccinationBy Tarsicio Villalobos, DVM Director, Technical Service, Biodevices Zoetis Inc.
Aug 05, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Producing Grade A chicken starts in the broiler houseIn order to produce Grade A chicken at the processing plant, poultry producers must place healthy chicks and maintain bird quality throughout the life cycle.
Aug 03, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on New app improves cold-weather ventilation for poultryA new app — appropriately named CHKMINVENT — is designed to give poultry producers an easy-to-use means to calculate minimum ventilation rates in their houses during cold weather conditions.
Aug 02, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Flu panel examines US control efforts, impacts on tradeWith well over 200 outbreaks affecting more than 47 million poultry over the last six months, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is hitting the US poultry industry hard.
Jul 28, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Isolates implicate humans in rapid spread of HPAIA recent analysis of the viral isolates from all outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in North America points to humans and farm equipment as the leading carriers of the disease from...
Jul 13, 2015wpengineComments Off on Pathogens on farm and in processing relatedSalmonella and Campylobacter prevalence and loads on the farm are significantly associated with prevalence and loads of the same pathogens at processing.
May 26, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Ammonia concentration versus ventilation rateMonitoring ammonia levels in poultry houses can help producers to adjust ventilation rates and thus prevent problems.
Apr 20, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on What’s left if we lose antibiotics?Bacterial resistance is developing quickly and many critically important drugs risk becoming obsolete. Disastrous consequences lie in wait therefore unless these drugs are used prudently.
Apr 18, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Coccidiosis expert: Timing and combination of cocci control methods criticalGreg Mathis, PhD, of Southern Poultry Research, Athens, Georgia, talks about the continued challenges managing coccidiosis and offers suggestions for improving management programs targeting the...
Apr 06, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Analysis of antimicrobial data confirms human-animal linkA new study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) shows that there are also important differences in the consumption of antimicrobials in animals and in humans between European countries.
Mar 03, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on ‘Location, location, location’ keys to successful in ovo vaccinationBy Tarsicio Villalobos, DVM Director, Technical Service Zoetis Inc.
Jan 30, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Sanderson Farms’ Phil Stayer: ‘Mortality is the first measure of wellbeing’Phil Stayer, DVM, of Sanderson Farms says poultry health, welfare and sustainability should not be compromised for marketing purposes.
Jan 28, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on S. Heidelberg colonization reduced with in-feed treatmentBroilers that received bacitracin methylene disalicylate (BMD®) plus a probiotic selected for its ability to survive the feed-pelleting process had a markedly lower prevalence of Salmonella...
Jan 27, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on A look at animal wellbeing in the poultry industryYvonne Vizzier Thaxton talks about animal wellbeing–the entire system of the animal including general health, behavior, nutrition, disease prevention–and how it contributes to...
Jan 22, 2015PHT EditorComments Off on Coccidiosis: Why is it so difficult to manage?With more than a dozen antimicrobials and a half dozen vaccines available for coccidiosis, why are US poultry producers still having such a difficult time managing this costly disease?
Jan 24, 2014wpengineComments Off on CDC: Widespread use of antibiotics in hospitals is leading cause of resistanceThe most important cause of antibiotic-resistant infections in people can be attributed to widespread antibiotic use in hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Jan 03, 2014wpengineComments Off on Research review: What’s new in poultry housing and equipment?With animal welfare and the environmental aspects of food animal farming gaining more attention from the public and high feed prices focusing efforts on getting the best performance from poultry,...