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Dec 26, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Back-to-basics for managing health of cage-free pulletsPoultry producers with cage-free pullet systems should go back to the basics of bird management to keep their flocks healthy and productive.
Dec 25, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Automation key to ensuring sanitation in ‘no antibiotics ever’ systemsLabor shortages in hatcheries mean that to ensure appropriate levels of sanitation in “no antibiotics ever” production, wholesale automation is likely to be required.
Dec 22, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Circulation fans reduce severity of footpad dermatitisFootpad dermatitis causes significant foot problems for broilers, which adversely affects bird welfare and the market for broiler paws, according to research from the University of Maryland.
Dec 15, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Distinctive condition affects layers as well as turkeys, broilersA disease commonly seen in turkey and broiler flocks can also affect layers, meaning that producers should look out for its distinctive signs.
Dec 15, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Bugs should be a key focus of biosecurity in controlling turkey diseaseProducers should play close attention to insect control in their poultry houses to avoid cases of turkey coronavirus enteritis (TCE).
Dec 15, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on How effective IBV surveillance can prevent ‘overvaccination’Consistent surveillance and analysis of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) at poultry production facilities can guard against “overvaccination” — where too much vaccine virus in the environment...
Dec 15, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Shedding light on LED lamps and dimmers: They’re not all a matchGetting the correct lighting is important in poultry houses to help maximize the birds’ genetic potential; however, too often there’s a disconnect between the LED lamps and the dimmers in...
Dec 13, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Agreed indicators should help drive poultry-industry welfareUsing key welfare indicators (KWIs) can help fill a communication gap around welfare progress in the US poultry industry.
Dec 07, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Farm mortality issues highlight importance of checking water supplyProducers need to be alert to the dangers of drinking-water toxicity issues, according to a senior industry veterinarian.
Dec 01, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Coccidiosis: An old problem with some new challengesCoccidiosis in broiler houses remains a nagging challenge. While clinical manifestations are rare, it’s the subclinical condition that impacts the flock through poor feed efficiency and reduced...
Nov 25, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Environmental enrichments increased broiler activity in studyEnvironmental enrichments in broiler houses may improve bird welfare by increasing natural behaviors, according to a University of Maryland study.
Nov 02, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Don’t overlook feed biosecurity in efforts to manage SalmonellaBiosecurity in feed mills and on-farm feed storage should not be overlooked when it comes to managing the risk of Salmonella in poultry flocks, according to a turkey-health expert.
Oct 20, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study: Day length during brooding did not impact broiler performanceExtended day length during the brooding period is thought to benefit broilers’ long-term performance and well-being. However, a University of Georgia study has re-evaluated that idea.
Oct 10, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Live-vaccine program a ‘must have’ to deal with cage-free E. coli challengeA higher risk of bacterial challenges in cage-free egg production means a live-vaccination program against Escherichia coli is a “must-have minimum” for flocks reared in alternative systems.
Oct 07, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing layer health challenges as cage-free demand increasesIn a special video from Poultry Health Today, experts from across the industry discuss the challenges facing producers who make the change from conventional systems to cage-free.
Oct 06, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Breed may impact broiler response to Salmonella infectionResearch at the University of Arkansas suggests broiler breed could affect birds’ immune response to Salmonella exposure, according to Shawna Weimer, PhD, director of the Center for Food Animal...
Sep 29, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on COVID pandemic had some positive effects on poultry health and welfareManagement techniques adopted to cope with COVID-19 production challenges led to improvements in bird health and welfare for many poultry producers.
Sep 28, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Salmonella serotypes are changing — monitor which ones are in your flockIt’s imperative for poultry producers and companies to know what strains of Salmonella may be circulating in their flocks, said Chuck Hofacre, president of the Southern Poultry Research Group in...
Sep 22, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Recombinant vaccines for poultry: How to maximize resultsProper vaccine handling, dosage and administration are key to ensuring thorough and effective coverage. That statement is particularly true when talking about recombinant-vector vaccines.
Sep 10, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study highlights risk of high Salmonella exposure, more persistent serotypesFeed conversion takes a bigger hit in birds with higher Salmonella exposure, while Salmonella Reading outlasts other serotypes through the grow-out period, suggests new work from the University of...
Sep 08, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on USDA evaluating Salmonella-reduction steps along the poultry supply chainAlmost 25% of US foodborne illnesses continue to be linked to poultry products. To get an accurate measure of product contamination, USDA is evaluating the poultry supply chain.
Aug 04, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Genomic technology sheds light on Salmonella serotypes in breeder flocksA technology called CRISPR-SeroSeq, which amplifies a section of the Salmonella genome, is helping paint a clearer picture of the serotypes circulating in breeder flocks.
Jul 26, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Why ‘vaccinated’ chickens still get infected with IBV — and what to do about itWhile many vaccines and vaccination programs effectively protect against the highly contagious infectious bronchitis virus in poultry, outbreaks of the disease still occur in vaccinated flocks.
Jul 20, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Light impacts behavior in cage-free aviariesBirds can move out of the reach of the workers’ hands in a multi-tier aviary system, so employees have to climb into the system to get to them. Researchers from Michigan State studied light...
Jun 09, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Poultry industry can learn from COVID-19Biosecurity is not sufficient to control avian coronaviruses like infectious bronchitis in commercial poultry, no matter how good it is, said Mark Jackwood, PhD, a molecular virologist and professor...
Jun 02, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Competitive exclusion’ is potential benefit of live Salmonella vaccines in young birdsLive vaccines for Salmonella have been found to start offering protection within a few days of administration, acting “almost as a [form of] competitive exclusion,” said Chuck Hofacre, president...
May 12, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Poor IBV vaccine performance in broiler study underlines need for surveillanceA whole-complex study of broiler breeders in Georgia found underwhelming infectious bronchitis vaccine performance – but with better surveillance and protocols, outcomes could be improved.
Apr 19, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Turkey-farm study finds Salmonella Infantis prevalentResearch studying Salmonella across one turkey producer’s farms found Salmonella Infantis to be by far the dominant serotype.
Apr 06, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Comparing necrotic enteritis litter models highlights performance impactsReused litter from a previous NE challenge led to more severe subclinical performance impacts but fewer clinical signs of disease than in birds raised on fresh litter.
Mar 08, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Conventional, recombinant MD vaccination protocols compared in long-lived birdsTOOLBOX, Issue 34: An interview with Eduardo Muniz, DVM, Zoetis on research comparing conventional vaccine programs versus new protocols with vectored vaccines.
Jan 04, 2022Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sharing data can help manage layer-farm disease and increase productionSharing and analyzing data at farm level and beyond can offer new insights that improve bird health and profitability on layer farms.
Dec 22, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Early infectious bronchitis virus infection causes more severe false layer syndromeExposure to IBV has been linked with cases of false-layer syndrome, where large cysts in the oviduct prevent birds from laying eggs.
Dec 05, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Essential adjustments that improve IB vaccine efficacy in broilersA few essential adjustments in the way infectious bronchitis vaccines are handled and administered at the hatchery can improve vaccine efficacy.
Dec 02, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ionophore status change would threaten bird health, sustainability, veterinarian warnsThere is no need to recategorize ionophores, used as feed additives against coccidiosis, as veterinary medicines, says UK poultry veterinarian Daniel Parker — and doing so could have severe...
Nov 10, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Going with the flow: How to maximize the effectiveness of spray vaccinationAttention to detail is vital when it comes to ensuring that spray vaccinations against respiratory diseases such as infectious bronchitis are as effective as they can possibly be, according to...
Nov 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Measuring temperature of birds’ faces could help identify heat stress in flocksUse of thermal imaging cameras to measure facial temperatures may offer a non-invasive option for assessing heat stress in commercial broilers, according to research from the University of Arkansas.
Oct 28, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Shift to cage-free egg production prompts need to revise health and management plansVaccinations and other preventative health measures are more critical than ever as the US egg industry shifts toward cage-free and no-antibiotics-ever production.
Oct 06, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Details matter when it comes to ILT vaccination successAttention to detail is key to successfully vaccinating broiler flocks against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT), according to a poultry health expert.
Sep 22, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Direct-fed microbials can impact Salmonella vaccine efficacySome direct-fed microbial additives with live cultures have been found to impact the efficacy of modified-live vaccines.
Sep 16, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Feed additive appears to benefit gut integrity in broilers with coccidiosisThe feed additive sodium bisulfate administered to broilers during a coccidial challenge appeared to benefit gut integrity.
Sep 16, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Hatchery tips for successful transition to NAE productionPreventing birds from getting sick is perhaps the biggest challenge encountered when transitioning from conventional to “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) production.
Sep 09, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Periodic IBV PCR testing is key to ensuring vaccination efficacyComplexes should regularly evaluate the infectious bronchitis viruses (IBV) prevalent on their farms to help determine which vaccines can provide the best protection possible.
Sep 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Molecular test helps identify pathogenicity in new strains of infectious bursal disease virusA genetic technique which could help improve predictions about the virulence of infectious bursal disease (IBDV) has identified pathogenicity in seven new strains of the virus which causes an...
Aug 09, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Three keys to successful IBV controlHighly contagious and constantly evolving, infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is notoriously difficult to control.
Aug 04, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Hatcheries in NAE production systems can’t cut corners on cleaning, husbandryHatcheries providing chicks for no antibiotics ever (NAE) production need to be meticulous with cleanliness and good husbandry practices in order for the program to succeed.
Aug 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Two years of IBV sampling underlines importance of surveillance workLarge-scale collection of samples from producers across the southern US is helping shed new light on infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) in chicken flocks — including uncovering a new serotype of the...
Jul 08, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study: Larger particles in starter feed lead to better performanceStarter feed of larger particles consumed by young chicks is associated with better performance during the lifetime of broiler birds, according to a study conducted at Mississippi State University.
Jul 07, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Seasonal management in hatchery critical to improving chick viabilityOptimizing hatchery conditions throughout the year is crucial to limiting chick mortality and maintaining long-term bird viability, according to a poultry health expert.
Jul 03, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Better management, biosecurity could mean lower Salmonella levels in NAE farmsNew research has suggested that Salmonella levels in no-antibiotics-ever (NAE) poultry systems could be lower than those on conventional broiler farms.
Jun 28, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Litter management can help control Salmonella HeidelbergOngoing studies to find ways of managing Salmonella Heidelberg loads in poultry litter have suggested that downtime is key to reducing the pathogen’s rates.
... Right skills critical to managing increases in Salmonella, coccidiosis associated with cage-free egg production
Jun 23, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Right skills critical to managing increases in Salmonella, coccidiosis associated with cage-free egg productionProducers making the switch to cage-free egg production need to ensure they are properly prepared for managing potential increases in Salmonella and other health challenges.
Jun 20, 2021PHT EditorComments Off on Diagnostics key to effective mycoplasma controlAvian mycoplasmosis is a problem for poultry producers worldwide, but according to an expert, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to managing it.
Jun 03, 2021PHT EditorComments Off on Control key to protecting flocks from more virulent, resistant E. coliResearch shows many strains of E. coli are capable of causing disease directly. And with antibiotic resistance on the rise, control and prevention are essential.
Jun 02, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Tackling stress key to protecting birds from coryza resurgence, says expertLimiting stress in broiler flocks is key to preventing birds from succumbing to an infectious respiratory disease which is showing a resurgence in some areas of the US, according to a poultry expert.
Jun 02, 2021Susan 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.
May 25, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Utilizing on-farm testing key to helping processors understand S. Infantis loadsUsing a range of testing methods for Salmonella Infantis can help broiler companies build a better picture of how effective interventions against the pathogen are performing.
May 15, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on E. coli vaccination in broilers: Is it worth the cost?According to recent studies, E. coli vaccination may actually help broiler producers boost their bottom lines.
May 14, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on False layer syndrome linked to early infectious bronchitis exposureResearch is increasingly linking false layer syndrome to early exposure to infectious bronchitis virus. The condition prevents laying hens from producing eggs, but birds display few outward signs of...
May 04, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Cross-protection vaccine protocols key to limiting DMV/1639 spread in US flocksCombining serotype vaccines might be a popular approach to protecting flocks against evolving strains of infectious bronchitis virus, such as DMV/1639, but not all combinations work equally well.
Apr 26, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Testing mixed control approaches important in controlling Salmonella in broilersCommercial broiler farms often employ a multi-faceted approach in tackling Salmonella, but testing different combinations of control options together on a small scale before they are rolled out...
Mar 12, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Good gut health starts before hatch, expert saysTo establish good gut health, measures to promote a healthy microbiome can’t begin soon enough, an expert reports.
Feb 24, 2021Susan SpiegelComments Off on Histopathology helping poultry plants use science to defend carcasses, minimize condemnationsVeterinarians specializing in diagnosing disease in animal tissue are spending more time in processing plants helping minimize costly carcass condemnations while maintaining high food quality...
Dec 18, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Serotype, presentation of IBH differ in large and small birdsMore than one serotype has been the cause of inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) in broilers, which has presented differently in large- and small-bird complexes.
Dec 07, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Coccidiosis in conventional flocks presenting a significant challengeA shift in microbiology could be responsible for a surge in coccidiosis problems being seen in conventional US broiler and pullets flocks, according to Pilgrim's DVM Suzanne Dougherty.
Nov 09, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Consider predominance of AL-2 variants when planning IBDV vaccination programThe AL-2 family of variants is the predominant strain of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) circulating among US broiler flocks, according to a recent survey.
Oct 26, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Glutamine supplement shows promise in reducing necrotic enteritisSupplementing poultry diets with glutamine could help reduce the severity of necrotic enteritis (NE), according to researchers.
Oct 05, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Researchers decode clues to Salmonella Infantis controlNew research from Austria provides key regional insights into Salmonella Infantis, a foodborne pathogen that is closely linked with broiler farms and often resistant to antibiotics.
Sep 03, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Treatment blend offers ‘exciting potential’ for Campylobacter control at processingBlending two commonly used antibacterial treatments could help processing facilities take better control of Campylobacter and reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses, according to scientists.
Sep 02, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Veterinarian: Rethink layer health programs with move to cage-freeThe poultry industry’s gradual switch to cage-free egg production has underscored the need to rethink disease-control programs.
Aug 31, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing the health challenges of moving to free-range egg productionFree-range egg production will bring major challenges to the way birds are produced, but it will also mean big shifts in the ways bird health and welfare need to be managed.
Aug 27, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Training and management critical for cage-free egg productionTraining chicks and pullets so they are prepared for life in cage-free egg systems is critical to ensuring they meet their full productive potential.
Aug 20, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Chick quality vital to no-antibiotics-ever success, consultant saysFocusing on chick quality from the moment eggs enter the incubator is critical to ensuring birds have the best chance of being healthy and productive in no-antibiotics-ever (NAE) systems.
... New avian leukosis rule expected to reduce waste, improve efficiency for processing plants and FSIS
Aug 13, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on New avian leukosis rule expected to reduce waste, improve efficiency for processing plants and FSISAcceptance of a petition designating avian leukosis lesions on poultry carcasses as a trimmable condition is expected to reduce waste and improve efficiency at processing plants while allowing meat...
Jul 13, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on ND is stable in US but poultry industry should be on lookout for evolving strainsNewcastle disease throughout most of the US remains stable, but the industry needs to be on guard for changes in the virus that may require adaption of ND vaccines.
Jul 06, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Surveillance of circulating IBV types essential for disease controlSurveillance aimed at pinpointing the type of infectious bronchitis virus that’s circulating in poultry flocks is essential to control of the disease.
Jun 28, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on USDA urged to give producers time to trial Campylobacter and Salmonella interventionsGreater flexibility is needed in official Salmonella and Campylobacter testing regimes in order to support poultry producers and processors who are trialing new interventions to tackle both
Jun 10, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Study: Live S. Typhimurium vaccine reduces S. Infantis colonizationInvesting in vaccination programs to develop cross-protection against some of the most common strains of Salmonella could help limit the number of foodborne outbreaks of the pathogen.
Jun 04, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Mountaire Farms is first company to carry the One Health Certified labelMountaire Farms is the first animal protein company to carry the One Health Certified label, demonstrating its commitment to animal production standards established by the program.
Apr 09, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Foster Farms: Community approach key to managing coryza spread in poultryTackling endemic poultry diseases as a community rather than as individual producers can play an important role in controlling and limiting their spread.
Apr 02, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Good flock management key to managing Mycoplasma synoviae resurgenceBroiler producers need to take a fresh look at housing conditions and bird management to help counter the resurgence of Mycoplasma synoviae linked to an increase in raised without antibiotics (RWA)...
Mar 30, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Measuring effectiveness of on-farm interventions key to Salmonella controlUnderstanding the impact specific on-farm interventions can have on Salmonella is critical to helping the US poultry industry meet government standards around the disease, according to a leading...
... Prestage Farms veterinarian: Processing chain communication critical to identify health issues early, reduce turkey condemnations
Mar 11, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Prestage Farms veterinarian: Processing chain communication critical to identify health issues early, reduce turkey condemnationsDeveloping good relationships across the processing chain can be critical in helping to identify and overcome issues on farm and in the processing plant.
Mar 06, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sanderson vet: Keeping up with variant reovirus strains remains challengingPoor uniformity, lameness and reduced water consumption are tip-offs that broilers may be infected with variant reovirus.
Mar 05, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Swift communication key to limiting the risk of poultry disease outbreaksExcellent systems of communication between farm staff and veterinarians are critical when it comes to managing disease outbreaks and reducing their potential spread.
Feb 17, 2020Susan SpiegelComments Off on Decisions, decisions: Which gut health strategies should be used when?As the poultry industry moves to limit antibiotic use, alternative measures to support gut health are now common practice, but more guidance is needed with respect to which strategies to use under...
Jan 03, 2020PHT EditorComments Off on Hospitals offer inspiration for next-generation poultry biosecurity toolsResearchers in Canada are looking to human hospitals as inspiration for developing next-generation techniques to improve biosecurity on poultry farms.
Dec 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Causal’ pie chart can help manage necrotic enteritisUse of a simple “causal” pie chart is proving to be a helpful tool for controlling necrotic enteritis (NE).
Dec 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Managing anticoccidials: ‘It’s how you use them that’s important’Coccidiosis takes a toll of around $3 billion on global poultry production each year, making it one of the industry’s most economically significant diseases worldwide.
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 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on E. coli vaccination yields bottom-line benefits on South African broiler farmsNew research from South Africa shows that vaccinating broilers against Escherichia coli is good not just for birds, but also for bottom lines.
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 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.
Oct 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Unusual presentation of bacterial septicemia in broilers tied to breedersAn unusual presentation of bacterial septicemia in broilers underscores the importance of obtaining a good history and input from bird caretakers, according to David French, DVM, a staff veterinarian...
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 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.
Oct 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sentinel broilers, PCR testing help isolate, identify evolving IBV populations in ArkansasHow do you look for new serotypes of a virus that might be circulating in an area? Sentinel birds are a good place to start, according to Abigail Reith, DVM, a technical services veterinarian for...
Oct 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Reductions in medically important antimicrobials reflect industry stewardshipReductions in the use of medically important antimicrobials demonstrate the poultry industry’s commitment to stewardship of these valuable medications, Randall Singer, DVM, MPVM, PhD, told Poultry...
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 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 19, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on US poultry industry shifting focus to Campylobacter, Salmonella InfantisThe US poultry industry needs to revisit Campylobacter-control strategies in preparation for new performance standards coming from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Ashley Peterson,...
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.
Sep 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Wet bulb reservoirs can be source of bacterial contamination for hatching eggsWet-bulb reservoirs in hatchery incubators should be included in the bacterial-monitoring program to ensure they aren’t the source of egg-shell contamination.
Sep 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Vaccinated birds shown to have lower incidence of Salmonella at processingBroilers vaccinated against Salmonella showed reduced levels of the pathogen at processing in a recent study, according to Charles Hofacre, PhD, president, Southern Poultry Research Group. Inc.
Aug 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Coccidiosis vaccination impedes nutrient digestibilityPoultry veterinarians and production managers are all too familiar with coccidiosis and its impact on gut health, nutrient absorption, feed conversion and growth rate.
Aug 29, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on What makes a chick tick: Help non-farm audiences understand poultry’s needsRather than adopt costly production practices that don’t necessarily benefit the health or welfare of poultry, veterinarians should work to educate non-farm audiences about a bird’s inherent...
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 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...
Jul 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Ensuring chick quality in NAE productionThe increase in 7-day chick mortality that has come along with the elimination of antibiotics requires a focus on containing bacteria that start in the layer house.
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 15, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Live-production management practices that help contain SalmonellaAvoidance of wet litter and well-timed feed withdrawal are two of several management steps that will help control the load of Salmonella going into the processing plant.
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.
Jul 05, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Trial shows glutamine aids gut health in broilers raised without antibioticsWith the increase in no-antibiotic-ever production, glutamine may serve as a helpful nutrient asset, particularly when birds are under stress.
Jun 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Pilgrim’s veterinarian shares experiences with NAE productionPreparation, meticulous attention to sanitation and improved communication with hatchery staff and growers are critical for NAE production.
May 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Four areas of hatchery management to help achieve better biosecurityDiligent attention to four areas of hatchery management — egg-pack quality, incubation, sanitation and in ovo vaccination — can go a long way.
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 13, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Moving up: Vaccinating broilers may help poultry companies improve Salmonella ratingsVaccinating broilers against Salmonella could be an effective live-side intervention for obtaining higher ratings in the Salmonella categorizations established by the USDA’s FSIS
May 08, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Virulent ND in California sending wake-up call to US poultry industryOutbreaks of virulent Newcastle disease (vND) that have spread from backyard to commercial flocks in California are providing a wake-up call to the entire US poultry industry.
May 02, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Bioshuttle program helps control E. tenella outbreaks in pulletsAdministration of an in-feed anticoccidial after coccidiosis vaccination has helped alleviate outbreaks of Eimeria tenella in broiler breeder replacement stock.
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 18, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Aggressive vaccination of broiler breeders needed to keep reovirus in checkAggressive vaccination of broiler breeders for reovirus using live and inactivated vaccines has been one of the most important steps the US poultry industry has taken to maintain good protection...
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 12, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Dirty chick boxes can be source of Salmonella at hatcheriesDirty chick boxes at hatcheries can be a source of Salmonella, but the risk was still lower than expected in a study conducted at one US hatchery.
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 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 11, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sanderson vet shares thoughts on managing elusive reovirus, other gut diseasesAutogenous vaccines used in a reovirus vaccination program need to be updated relatively often to keep up with changes in the pathogen
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 27, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Lameness in poultry can start in the hatcheryLameness in poultry is often associated with bird weight, bacterial infections or the condition of the litter, but it actually begins much earlier in the bird’s life — often in the hatchery.
Feb 21, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Early exposure to Clostridium protects birds from necrotic enteritisEarly exposure to Clostridium perfringens in used litter may be a way to minimize the impact of necrotic enteritis (NE) in broilers, Steve Davis, DVM, told Poultry Health Today.
Feb 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Necrotic enteritis control helps reduce Salmonella colonizationMaintaining good intestinal health in broilers is essential for minimizing the presence of Salmonella in birds sent for processing, Manuel Da Costa, DVM, PhD, associate director for Outcomes Research...
Feb 06, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on New standards for foodborne pathogens expanding control programs to live productionA rise in the prevalence of Salmonella on whole chicken carcasses since USDA changed the testing medium used could indicate the prevalence of the pathogen was previously underestimated.
Feb 04, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Sanitation key to successful NAE productionThe key to successful “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) broiler production is cleanliness throughout every step of production, including a pristine hatchery.
Jan 30, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Discrepancies emerge between animal welfare and consumer perceptionsPoultry “raised without antibiotics” now account for more than 50% of the broilers in US production, but those reductions in antibiotics usage have consequences.
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 23, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Refined carbs show promise as ‘sentinel’ for Salmonella controlHigher government standards for Salmonella control have put more pressure on poultry companies to reduce incidence on broiler farms and lower the pathogen load going into processing.
Jan 16, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on E. coli vaccination helps contain losses in broilers with IB infectionField experience with infectious bronchitis in broilers during a harsh winter demonstrated that vaccination for secondary Escherichia coli infection helped stem losses
... Commercial poultry vets can help backyard growers, and themselves, by sharing tips on biosecurity
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.
... Coccidiosis control, litter management key to NE prevention in broilers raised without antibiotics
Jan 10, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Coccidiosis control, litter management key to NE prevention in broilers raised without antibioticsGood coccidiosis control and litter management are the two most important steps producers can take to prevent necrotic enteritis (NE) in flocks raised without antibiotics.
Jan 09, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Heat-stress study shows need to increase ventilation with stocking densityAs bird density increases, broiler producers need to be “more aggressive” with house ventilation to prevent heat stress in flocks, Brian Fairchild, PhD, professor, and Ming Lin Teo, graduate...
Jan 07, 2019Susan SpiegelComments Off on Chicks may hold clues to lameness in older birdsLameness in some poultry flocks has researchers searching for the cause, Suzanne Dougherty, DVM, a consulting poultry veterinarian based in Alabama, told Poultry Health Today.
Dec 26, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on It takes two: Coccidiosis vaccines effective against E. tenella after adequate cyclingCoccidiosis vaccination was effective in broilers challenged with Eimeria tenella but only after vaccinal oocysts cycled twice, Laura Tensa, DVM, told Poultry Health Today.
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 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on IBV vaccination protects broilers despite ammonia exposureA recent study corroborates previous findings that broilers properly vaccinated for infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) are protected from IBV challenge despite exposure to moderate levels of ammonia.
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.
Nov 01, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Biosecurity, disinfection, downtime keys to better ILT controlStrict biosecurity is the best defense against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in broiler flocks, advises Maricarmen García, PhD, a professor at the University of Georgia.
Oct 22, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Halting in ovo vaccination not a good option for managing hatchery bacteriaHigher 7-day mortality from bacterial infections in the hatchery is no reason to stop in ovo vaccination for Marek’s and other diseases, according to a consulting poultry veterinarian.
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 11, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Uncertain supplies present challenges for rotation-minded producersPoultry producers know the importance of developing a long-term strategy for maintaining the efficacy of anticoccidials, but sometimes unexpected backorders of feed medications in high demand force...
Sep 06, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Trace minerals, used litter, coccidiosis control key to managing enteritis in NAE flocksStarting broiler flocks on used litter, coupled with effective coccidiosis control and the use of trace minerals, can help minimize necrotic enteritis (NE) in broiler flocks raised without...
Aug 23, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Marek’s and Salmonella: John Smith, DVM, offers insights on two new broiler-vaccination trendsJohn Smith, DVM, poultry veterinarian for Alectryon in Baldwin, Georgia, shared ideas with Poultry Health Today on two changes in broiler-vaccination strategies in the US poultry industry.
Aug 17, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Coccidiosis control: New strategies for a new eraCoccidiosis can be controlled in broilers without antibiotics as long as producers pay closer attention to hatchery coccidiosis vaccination procedures, brooding and stocking rates, Greg Mathis, PhD,...
Aug 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Early identification needed to protect broilers from reovirusReovirus is mutating every 2 to 3 years, which is making it difficult to protect broilers from the effects of the virus, Don Waldrip, DVM, technical service veterinarian for Zoetis, told Poultry...
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.
Aug 02, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Research focusing on new controls for coccidiosis, relationship with SalmonellaAlternative products for coccidiosis control remain the focus of research, but so far, the results are inconsistent, Sam Hendrix, DVM, veterinarian and researcher at Colorado Quality Research, told...
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 02, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Vaccination followed with feed medication gives pullets added protection against coccidiosisInadequate coccidiosis protection in pullets can lead to health issues ranging from uneven weight gain to mortality.
Jun 20, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Is MS the next ‘big, bad Mycoplasma’ for US poultry?The US poultry industry is reporting more problems with virulent Mycoplasma synoviae according to Naola Ferguson, DVM
Jun 14, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Team effort by human, animal sectors needed to ensure responsible antibiotic use worldwideWhile the poultry and livestock sectors have drawn the ire of consumer and medical groups for the growth of antimicrobial resistance, it is wrong to “partition blame,” Randy Singer, DVM, PhD,...
May 24, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Vaccinating broilers against Salmonella can help reduce pathogen’s prevalence at processingVaccination of broilers against Salmonella can help poultry producers reduce the pathogen’s prevalence at processing and may also benefit bird performance, Kalen Cookson, DVM, director of clinical...
May 11, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on On-farm Salmonella control helps prevent processing plant contaminationContaminated chicken feathers and feet may be the primary vectors for transmitting Salmonella from poultry houses to processing plants, according to Martha Pulido, DVM, PhD, Mississippi State...
May 04, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on ‘Turkeys are suffering’ without good control of coccidiosisTurkeys are suffering from coccidiosis due to a lack of available medications, according to Greg Mathis, PhD, Southern Poultry Research, Athens, Georgia.
May 01, 2018PHT EditorComments Off on Industry trendwatcher offers insights on future of antibiotic-free poultry productionIndustry trendwatcher and analyst Greg Rennier, PhD, recently sat down with Poultry Health Today to share his thoughts on antibiotic-free production and where the poultry industry is heading in 2017...
Apr 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Foregoing CAV breeder vaccination based on ELISA results can backfireNot vaccinating broiler breeders for chicken anemia virus (CAV) because ELISA results show detectable antibodies could be asking for trouble, says Guillermo Zavala, DVM, PhD, Avian Health...
Apr 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on C. perfringens on broiler meat can survive processing, potentially sicken consumersListen to or download the podcast Most broiler producers know the economic impact of necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringens, particularly in birds raised without antibiotics. Now...
Apr 12, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Woody breast continues to baffle researchersWoody breast is a relatively new disease that adversely affects meat quality during processing, but poultry scientists still don’t understand it’s underlying causes, said Luke Borst, DVM, PhD, a...
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...
Apr 05, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Two symposia on poultry enteric disease set stage for 2018 AAAP ConferenceTwo symposia focused on enteric disease in poultry will be held immediately prior to the 2018 American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) annual conference set for this July in Denver.
Mar 30, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Seven misconceptions about IBD in broilersKalen Cookson, DVM, is the director of clinical research, poultry, Zoetis. He explained the common misconceptions about infectious bursal disease (IBD) to Poultry Health Today.
Feb 19, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on How mutations, antigenic drift affect IBD managementFarms affected by variant infectious bursal disease (IBD) viruses may find that currently available IBD vaccines aren’t always effective, said Daral Jackwood, PhD, professor in food animal research...
Feb 16, 2018Susan SpiegelComments Off on Why infectious bronchitis is so resilient — and what broiler companies can do about itControl of infectious bronchitis (IB) requires good biosecurity, good management and rigorous administration of a vaccine that matches the circulating virus as closely as possible, John Smith, DVM,...
Feb 13, 2018PHT EditorComments Off on Antibiotic-free poultry production: Is it sustainable on a large scale?Phil Stayer, DVM, head veterinarian at Sanderson Farms, is worried about what he calls an "anti-technology movement" directed at the US poultry industry, particularly as it relates to veterinary care...
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,...
Jul 15, 2014PHT EditorComments Off on Get the most from your ELISA testsAndrea Zedek, a veterinarian at Zoetis Inc., offers tips for ensuring accuracy when using ELISA tests to diagnose a poultry flock's health status.