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... 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.

... Adapt feeding programs to reduce summer heat stress

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

... Global measures to tackling avian influenza

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

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

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

... 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.

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

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

... 6 steps to increasing broiler feed intake

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

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

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

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

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

... Mobile technology helps Thai producers tackle poultry disease

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

... 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.

... 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...

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

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

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

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

... China launches national plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance

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

... Organic poultry consumers should understand disease-control challenges

Growing demand for eggs and poultry produced from outdoor flocks requires greater consumer understanding about the challenges farmers face in protecting birds from avian influenza.

... Can sensors offer real-time disease detection?

Scientists are developing affordable sensors that could eventually be used to detect diseases in poultry sheds and alert producers to outbreaks in real time.

... 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.

... Researchers develop potential vaccine against Newcastle disease

Scientists have developed a vaccination that could help farmers eradicate Newcastle disease from their flocks.

... Broiler research reveals campylobacter treatment challenge

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

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

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

... 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.

... 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.

... Judicious antibiotic use key to animal and food health

Encouraging responsible of antibiotics rather than banning them entirely is vital to maintaining animal health and producing healthy food supplies, say agricultural and veterinary leaders.

... 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.

... 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.

... Researchers develop potential vaccine against Newcastle disease

Scientists have developed a vaccination that could help farmers eradicate Newcastle disease from their flocks.

... 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.

... Experts warn of red mite risk thanks to avian flu

Forced housing of poultry due to avian influenza is likely to lead to a higher risk of red mite infestation in flocks this spring, vets have warned.

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

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

... 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.

... Viruses, production trends set to shape future of poultry health

The future of global poultry health could be shaped as much production trends as viruses such as avian influenza and Newcastle disease, experts say.

... Biosecurity key to combating US avian flu threat

Farm biosecurity remains US poultry producers’ key defense in making sure they are protected from the potentially devastating effects of avian influenza, say officials.

... Poultry sector must adapt to “antibiotic-free” demands

US poultry producers must start to prepare for producing birds without the use of antibiotics, according to a leading poultry scientist.

... 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.

... Biosecurity ‘most important tool’ to limit avian flu risk

Improving poultry farm hygiene and biosecurity is critical to limiting the threat of avian influenza to the poultry sector, a leading influenza researcher has warned.

... 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.

... New antibiotic regulations drive feed changes

The majority of US poultry producers have made changes to their feed in response to regulations preventing the use of shared-use antibiotics.

... Producer response to loss of antibiotics assessed in survey

Increased use of vaccines and better sanitation and biosecurity are the two most common changes livestock and poultry producers are making in response to the loss of shared use antibiotics imposed by...

... 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.

... Skunks, rabbits can indirectly transmit AI viruses, government research indicates

Striped skunks and cottontail rabbits can indirectly transmit low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) to mallard ducks, government research indicates.

... 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.

... Antibiotic-resistant genes found in environment but not in food

Environmental pathways might pose a greater risk than the food supply for the transfer of antibiotic-resistant infections to humans, suggests a recent study by US and Canadian researchers.

... Surprise bacterium linked to lameness in broilers

Staphylococcus agnetis, a bacterium not previously known to affect chickens is now thought to be the cause of lameness in broilers, according to University of Arkansas researchers.

... Antibiotics in poultry requires ethical dialogue

The editor of WATT PoultryUSA shares his thoughts on the US poultry industry. Gary Thornton discusses legislation, trends, food safety issues and more relating to the poultry and meat industries in...

... 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,...

... Cost of necrotic enteritis grossly underestimated

The true cost of necrotic enteritis (NE) for the world’s poultry industry could be an astounding $US6 billion annually — three times a previous and widely used estimate, according to a...

... 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.

... How sweet it is: Maple syrup aids antibiotic performance

Recent research shows that bacteria become more susceptible to antibiotics when the antibiotics are combined with a phenolic-rich maple syrup extract.

... Tips for feeding poultry raised without antibiotics

Growers replacing antibiotics in poultry diets face a steep learning curve filled with variables relating to bird health, disease pressure, feed inputs and housing, according to WattAgNet.

... Will antibiotic-free trend make US broiler producers less competitive?

The cascade of food service outlet pledges to purchase only chicken from flocks that have been raised without antibiotics is causing a major shift in how broilers are raised in the US, according to a...

... Temperature, relative humidity, bird size affect broiler-house ventilation

Optimal air quality in tunnel-ventilated broiler houses is a function of temperature, relative humidity, bird heat production and air velocity, according to new research conducted at the University...

... 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.

... 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...

... Avian flu cases in US expected to decline with warmer temperatures

USDA is predicting that avian influenza cases will drop off during the spring and summer months. Increased temperatures, decreased humidity and longer periods of ultraviolet light all play a role in...

... Sanderson CEO gives three reasons for sticking with antibiotics

Count Joe Sanderson Jr., chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms, as being on the opposite side of the current movement to shift away from the use of antibiotics in poultry production, according to a...

... 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.

... Avian influenza expected across entire US for fall

The US is preparing for the “worst-case scenario” of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza present in all US flyways during the fall of 2015, explained John Clifford, DVM, chief veterinary...

... New tool helps identify Salmonella serotypes

A new cost-effective diagnostic tool takes aim at identifying numerous serotypes of Salmonella — including the highly virulent Salmonella enterica — which is associated with human illness.

... Walmart, Sam’s Club announce new animal welfare, antibiotic positions

Walmart and Sam’s Club recently announced new positions on animal welfare and the responsible use of antibiotics in farm animals.

... Leading welfare, food-safety groups urge chicken Industry to reduce antibiotics responsibly

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Center for Food Safety: "Eliminating the routine use of [antibiotics] without addressing the birds’ underlying health 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.

... USDA proposes new measures to reduce Salmonella, Campylobacter

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on January 21 proposed new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products as well as raw chicken...

... 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.

... Potential link found between DDGS, necrotic enteritis in broilers

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., that found a potential link between feeding DDGS and necrotic enteritis...

... Administration of a Salmonella Enteritidis to newly hatched broilers reduces colonisation and shedding of a Salmonella Enteritidis challenge strain

A new study in Belgium has revealed a strain of Salmonella Enteritidis which showed some promise to help reduce food-borne infections when given to chicks in the drinking water and was even more...

... Action on antibiotics

In a March 3 announcement, McDonald’s said that while it would only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, “the farmers who supply chicken for its menu will...

... Isolation of Campylobacter from the circulating blood of broilers

From a poultry processing viewpoint, Campylobacter presence in circulating blood of market-age broilers may increase the likelihood of cross-contamination between birds during slaughter.

... Farmer voice matters in building consumer trust

Farmers will need to engage in conversations with consumers for the long term if they are to build trust in today’s food system.

... Reduce odor from manure with free online tool

A team of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful...

... Improving Rapid Detection Methods for Foodborne Pathogens

Researchers have developed a microfluidic device that exploits cell movement to separate live and dead bacteria during food processing.

... IPSF: Feed Sustainability in Theory and Practice

US - On the opening day of the International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF) in Atlanta, 26 January, sustainability of the feed sector was among the topics addressed.

... Frequent Application of Litter Amendments in Broiler Houses During Grow-out on Bird Health, Production and Environment

A series of experiments at the University of Delaware show that frequent application of sodium bisulphate improved broiler production performance and foot pad quality and reduced ammonia emissions...

... US Poultry Industry Responds to New Food Safety Proposal

The industry body, the National Chicken Council and one poultry processor have welcomed the aims of the recently announced proposal to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter on poultry parts

... Sustainability ‘most highly discussed topic’ in poultry industry

Sustainability was the “most highly discussed topic” in the poultry industry during the second half of 2014, according to the current issue of Influence Feed, a newsletter published by Zoetis.

... New vet oversight rules will affect more than half antimicrobials sold

In two years time, regulatory changes will come into effect that will cover 57 per cent of current antimicrobial sales for animals in the US.

... Consumer trust and poultry: Part 4

How can the poultry industry demonstrate its social responsibility?

... How does the industry respond to consumer concerns?

How does the industry respond to consumer concerns?

... What are the toughest food safety issues facing the poultry industry?

What are the toughest food safety issues facing the poultry industry?

... Three agricultural research priorities to feed the planet

Critical focus areas for future agriculture research are food security, ‘one health’ and stewardship.

... Facing poultry’s consumer trust challenge

Where does poultry stand with consumers on issues such as antibiotic usage, animal welfare and food safety? What must be done to strengthen trust in poultry and the companies that produce it? Five...

... Poultry welfare – expectations and reality

Welfare of poultry, especially laying hens, has become a major issue for commercial poultry producers in the last 15 to 20 years. What is happening to the commercial egg business is also setting the...

... Antibiotic-free broiler production requires a paradigm shift

Producers, veterinarians and nutritionists agree that antibiotic-free broiler production in the U.S. will place greater emphasis on farm management and nutrition.

... Breakthrough in coccidiosis research at Royal Veterinary College

Biological researchers at the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College (RVC) are a step closer to finding a new cost-effective vaccine for the intestinal disease, coccidiosis.

... Life without antibiotics in poultry production

U.S. poultry producers are using fewer and less antibiotics in broiler flocks as public concern over the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals intensifies.

... Feed management for layers in enriched colonies

Enriched colonies are gaining ground in countries outside the EU, where they have been enforced by law, but how to best feed hens in this new housing system remains a matter of discovery.

... Should consumers trust the U.S. poultry industry?

Should consumers trust the U.S. poultry industry?

... Antibiotics in livestock and poultry production

Antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance in humans and animals are some of the most complex topics that reporters are asked to cover. Being mindful of key words and statistics can help reporters...

... Bone characteristics and femoral strength in commercial tom turkeys

Reducing the energy and protein levels in the diet of male turkeys to 60 per cent of NRC recommendations improved both the strength and quality of the leg bones in a Michigan State University...

... FDA reports positive trends in antimicrobial resistance

The annual NARMS Executive Report focuses on resistance to antibiotics that are considered important in human medicine as well as multidrug resistance (described as resistance to three or more...

... New antibiotic initiatives spark more debate in Washington

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report Sept. 18 on combating antibiotic resistance, which accompanied the president's executive order to create a government...

... Layers 2013 Part 1: Reference of health and management practices on table-egg farms in the United States, 2013

An overview of egg flock management in the US, based on a detailed survey of 328 farms with at least 3,000 birds across 19 states by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The...

... USDA announces new inspection system for poultry products

The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last week announced a critical step forward in making chicken and turkey products safer for Americans to eat.

... Campylobacter research reveals potential for poultry vaccine

Researchers at the USDA Richard B. Russell Agricultural Research Center have purified proteins from Campylobacter and tested them for their potential use as vaccines.

... Poultry disease prevention checklist

Dr Casey Ritz of the University of Georgia presents a checklist for poultry farmers to assess the biosecurity risk on their farm.

... Five reasons for the poultry industry not to be transparent

What are the top reasons the poultry industry isn’t transparent with the public? Todd Simmons, CEO and vice chair, Simmons Foods, named five in a speech at the Arkansas Nutrition Conference, but he...

... Researchers find potential link between feeding DDGS and necrotic enteritis in broilers

High levels of DDGS (15%) were found in studies at Auburn University to amplify mild to moderate cases of necrotic enteritis into more severe cases.

... Activist groups defeated in attempts to curb antibiotic use

Two activist efforts recently suffered defeats in attempts to curb antibiotic use in US animal agriculture

... Sustainability tops list of poultry topics during first half of 2014

Sustainability was the most highly discussed topic in the US poultry industry during the first half of 2014, according to an analysis by Influence Feed.

... ‘Organic’ labels for poultry, other foods challenged in recent news reports

Critics of the organic labels for poultry meat and other foods are speaking up, reports the latest edition of Influence Feed.

... Intestinal health and necrotic enteritis in broilers

Management at the farm level (litter quality and composition, lighting programmes, stocking density, drinker management and dietary feed management) are important to control necrotic enteritis,...

... Antibiotic resistance revisited in recent media reports

Following the April 2014 World Health Organization (WHO) report warning of a “post-antibiotic era,” Current Biology published the findings of a new study on May 19, reports Influence Feed.

... New studies examine effects of lighting on chickens

Two recent studies show that broilers perform better under LED lighting than fluorescent lamps while layer behaviour is affected by light wavelength.

... Getting the best results from veterinary histopathology*

by Susan Williams, DVM, PhD, ACPV Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

... ‘Socially responsible’ food production stirs debate

The past few weeks have showcased the exploration of "socially responsible" food production and its consumer appeal, occasionally with contradictory findings, according to the latest edition of...

... ‘Influence Feed’ now featured on Poultry Health Today

Poultry Health Today is pleased to feature Influence Feed — a biweekly report rounding up the hot topics in food and agriculture, as determined by the most influential voices from across the...

... Numbers, figures and the fine print

Between announcing the federal government’s first major updates to the Nutrition Facts panel in 20 years and the restriction of in-school advertising of foods that don’t meet healthy guidelines,...

... Defining wholesomeness

The past two weeks have featured the convergence of special interest agendas and consumer food trends into a series of high-profile business developments. In particular, Chick-fil-A’s announcement...

... Transparency or exaggeration?

In the past weeks we’ve taken note of two prominent foodservice companies using agricultural practices for marketing positioning. McDonald’s and Chipotle instigated influencer conversation by...

... Welcome to Influence Feed

Welcome to the Food and Agriculture Influence Feed from Zoetis, a biweekly report rounding up the top topics in food and agriculture, as determined by the most influential voices from across the...

... 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,...

... Lameness in broilers: Osteomyelitis

By Stephen Collett, BScAgric, BVSc, MMedVet, MRCVS, DACPV Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia


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