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... ‘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

... 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.

... 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,...

... 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

... 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.

... 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.

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

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

... 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.

... 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.

... ‘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.

... 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.

... 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.

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

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

... 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.

... 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...

... 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

... 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,...

... 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

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

... 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...

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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 – 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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. 

... 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.

... 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,...

... 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

... 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.

... 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...

... Broiler-house management is key to preventing winter respiratory disease

By Tak Niino, VMD Technical services veterinarian Zoetis Inc.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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...

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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:...

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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.

... 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.

... Farm uses lasers to guard hens from avian influenza

Orchard 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.

... Vaccination helping to reduce mortality rates from E. coli in France’s layer flocks

Four out of five health problems in layer flocks in France are related to Escherichia coli, according to Jocelyn Marguerie, DVM.

... More collaboration needed to drive housing welfare standards

Greater 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.

... 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.

... Temperature and humidity key to healthy climate control

Understanding temperature and humidity is key to ensuring climate control systems are as effective as they can be in helping to produce healthy birds.

... Zoetis offering research funds for parasitic disease in poultry, other species

Zoetis is offering grants of up to $150,000 to find new approaches for controlling parasites in poultry and other species.

... Early feeding, housing may affect broiler response to immune challenges

Early feeding after hatch and the housing type can affect the response of broilers to immune challenges later in life, indicates a study from the Netherlands.

... Infectious bronchitis: Containing an ever-changing disease

By Dieter Vancraeynest, DVM, PhD Zoetis

... NCC to food industry and consumers: Go slow on slower-growing chickens

The 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

Suzanne Dougherty, DVM, a consulting poultry veterinarian based in Alabama, talks with Poultry Health Today about the challenges of reducing or even eliminating antibiotics in broiler production...

... Reports of colistin resistance prompting layer producers to rethink E. coli management

By Dieter Vancraeynest, DVM, PhD Zoetis [email protected]

... How the AST improves management of coccidiosis and flock performance

It’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....

... FDA: Some antibiotics still OK for production purposes

New 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...

... Condemnations, mortality shift focus to E. coli vaccination in some broiler flocks

While 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...

... Rigorous surveillance imperative to prevent spread of avian influenza

The 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...

... Survey correlates anticoccidial rotation with improved coccidiosis management

A six-country survey in North and South America demonstrates that rotation of in-feed anticoccidials correlates with more effective coccidiosis management in broilers.

... 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.

... EU could face further restrictions on antibiotic use in farm animals

Further 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.

... Marketing vs. Medicine: Finding the balance

Growing 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...

... Newsletter identifies top 5 topics in food and agriculture

GMOs, 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,...

... FDA: Salmonella, antibiotic resistance declining in US poultry meat

Incidence 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...

... Tyson Foods balancing antibiotic use, animal stewardship

Tyson 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.

... HPAI spread by poor biosecurity

The 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.

... ILT vaccination decisions can be difficult balancing act in broilers

By Lloyd Keck, DVM, ACPV Senior Technical Services Veterinarian Zoetis Inc.

... Wet litter, footpad dermatitis tied to reduced broiler performance

Increased 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.

... Antibiotic use in the U.S. poultry industry

By C.S. Roney, DVM, MAM Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center University of Georgia, Athens, GA

... 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...

... Are ionophores antibiotics? That depends on whom you ask

In 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,...

... Complex broiler-vaccine decisions require expert advice

Developing a vaccination program targeting optimal performance and return requires more planning and expertise than local “experts” at the farm store can offer.

... 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.

... Waste-heat recovery system could save millions annually while improving air quality

A 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...

... Environmental risk analysis helps ensure best results with in ovo vaccination

By Tarsicio Villalobos, DVM Director, Technical Service, Biodevices Zoetis Inc.

... Producing Grade A chicken starts in the broiler house

In order to produce Grade A chicken at the processing plant, poultry producers must place healthy chicks and maintain bird quality throughout the life cycle.

... New app improves cold-weather ventilation for poultry

A 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.

... Flu panel examines US control efforts, impacts on trade

With 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.

... Isolates implicate humans in rapid spread of HPAI

A 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...

... Pathogens on farm and in processing related

Salmonella and Campylobacter prevalence and loads on the farm are significantly associated with prevalence and loads of the same pathogens at processing.

... Ammonia concentration versus ventilation rate

Monitoring ammonia levels in poultry houses can help producers to adjust ventilation rates and thus prevent problems.

... 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.

... Coccidiosis expert: Timing and combination of cocci control methods critical

Greg Mathis, PhD, of Southern Poultry Research, Athens, Georgia, talks about the continued challenges managing coccidiosis and offers suggestions for improving management programs targeting the...

... Analysis of antimicrobial data confirms human-animal link

A 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.

... ‘Location, location, location’ keys to successful in ovo vaccination

By Tarsicio Villalobos, DVM Director, Technical Service Zoetis Inc.

... 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.

... S. Heidelberg colonization reduced with in-feed treatment

Broilers 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...

... A look at animal wellbeing in the poultry industry

Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton talks about animal wellbeing–the entire system of the animal including general health, behavior, nutrition, disease prevention–and how it contributes to...

... 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?

... CDC: Widespread use of antibiotics in hospitals is leading cause of resistance

The 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).

... 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,...


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