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November 23, 2020

False layer syndrome linked to early infectious bronchitis exposure

Research is increasingly linking false layer syndrome (FLS) to early exposure to infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). FLS has been reported across ...
November 9, 2020

Consider predominance of AL-2 variants when planning IBDV vaccination program

The AL-2 family of variants is the predominant strain of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) circulating among US broiler flocks, ...
November 3, 2020

Better management, biosecurity could mean lower Salmonella levels in NAE farms

New research has suggested that Salmonella levels in no-antibiotics-ever (NAE) poultry systems could be lower than those on conventional broiler ...
October 26, 2020

Glutamine supplement shows promise in reducing necrotic enteritis

Supplementing poultry diets with glutamine could help reduce the severity of necrotic enteritis (NE), according to researchers. The bacterial disease can ...
October 15, 2020

Litter management can help control Salmonella Heidelberg

Ongoing studies to find ways of managing Salmonella Heidelberg loads in poultry litter have suggested that downtime is key to ...
October 12, 2020

Seasonal management in hatchery critical to improving chick viability

Optimizing hatchery conditions throughout the year is crucial to limiting chick mortality and maintaining long-term bird viability, according to a ...
October 5, 2020

Direct-fed microbials can impact Salmonella vaccine efficacy

Some direct-fed microbial additives with live cultures have been found to impact the efficacy of modified-live vaccines. Sanderson Farms’ Phil Stayer, ...
October 1, 2020

Utilizing on-farm testing key to helping processors understand S. Infantis loads

Using a range of testing methods for Salmonella Infantis can help broiler companies build a better picture of how effective ...
September 21, 2020

Tackling stress key to protecting birds from coryza resurgence, says expert

Limiting stress in broiler flocks is key to preventing birds from succumbing to an infectious respiratory disease which is showing ...
September 14, 2020

Feed additive appears to benefit gut integrity in broilers with coccidiosis

The feed additive sodium bisulfate administered to broilers during a coccidial challenge appeared to benefit gut integrity, Elle Chadwick, Graduate ...
September 3, 2020

Treatment blend offers ‘exciting potential’ for Campylobacter control at processing

Watch the full interview or each part separately Treatment blend offers ‘exciting potential’ for Campylobacter control at processing Campylobacter control - Part ...
September 2, 2020

Veterinarian: Rethink layer health programs with move to cage-free

The poultry industry’s gradual switch to cage-free egg production has underscored the need to rethink disease-control programs and address health ...
August 27, 2020

Training and management critical for cage-free egg production

Training chicks and pullets so they are prepared for life in cage-free egg systems is critical to ensuring they meet ...
August 20, 2020

Chick quality vital to no-antibiotics-ever success, consultant says

Focusing on chick quality from the moment eggs enter the incubator is critical to ensuring birds have the best chance ...
August 13, 2020

New avian leukosis rule expected to reduce waste, improve efficiency for processing plants and FSIS

Acceptance of a petition designating avian leukosis lesions on poultry carcasses as a trimmable condition is expected to reduce waste ...
August 8, 2020

Shift to cage-free egg production prompts need to revise health and management plans

Vaccinations and other preventative health measures are more critical than ever as the US egg industry shifts toward cage-free and ...
August 6, 2020

Right skills critical to managing increases in Salmonella, coccidiosis associated with cage-free egg production

Producers making the switch to cage-free egg production need to ensure they and their staff are properly prepared for managing ...
July 27, 2020

Hatchery tips for successful transition to NAE production

Preventing birds from getting sick is perhaps the biggest challenge encountered when transitioning from conventional to “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) ...
July 13, 2020

ND is stable in US but poultry industry should be on lookout for evolving strains

Newcastle disease (ND) throughout most of the US remains stable, but the industry needs to be on guard for changes ...
July 6, 2020

Surveillance of circulating IBV types essential for disease control

Surveillance aimed at pinpointing the type of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) that’s circulating in poultry flocks is essential to control ...
June 28, 2020

USDA urged to give producers time to trial Campylobacter and Salmonella interventions

Greater flexibility is needed in official Salmonella and Campylobacter testing regimes in order to support poultry producers and processors who ...
June 10, 2020

Study: Live S. Typhimurium vaccine reduces S. Infantis colonization

Investing in vaccination programs to develop cross-protection against some of the most common strains of Salmonella could help limit the ...
June 4, 2020

Mountaire Farms is first company to carry the One Health Certified label

Mountaire Farms is the first animal protein company to carry the One Health Certified label, demonstrating its commitment to animal ...

Hatcheries in NAE production systems can’t cut corners on cleaning, husbandry

Hatcheries providing chicks for no antibiotics ever (NAE) production need to be meticulous with cleanliness and good husbandry practices in ...
May 7, 2020

Essential adjustments that improve IB vaccine efficacy in broilers

A few essential adjustments in the way infectious bronchitis vaccines are handled and administered at the hatchery can improve vaccine ...
April 9, 2020

Foster Farms: Community approach key to managing coryza spread in poultry

Tackling endemic poultry diseases as a community rather than as individual producers can play an important role in controlling and ...
April 2, 2020

Good flock management key to managing Mycoplasma synoviae resurgence

Broiler producers need to take a fresh look at housing conditions and bird management to help counter the resurgence of ...
March 30, 2020

Measuring effectiveness of on-farm interventions key to Salmonella control

Understanding the impact specific on-farm interventions can have on Salmonella is critical to helping the US poultry industry meet government ...
March 11, 2020

Prestage Farms veterinarian: Processing chain communication critical to identify health issues early, reduce turkey condemnations

Developing good relationships across the processing chain can be critical in helping to identify and overcome issues on farm and ...
March 6, 2020

Keeping up with variant reovirus strains remains challenging

Poor uniformity, lameness and reduced water consumption are tip-offs that broilers may be infected with variant reovirus, Erin Riley, DVM, ...
March 5, 2020

Swift communication key to limiting the risk of poultry disease outbreaks

Excellent systems of communication between farm staff and veterinarians are critical when it comes to managing disease outbreaks and reducing ...
February 10, 2020

Good management and biosecurity vital to overcoming disease challenges in NAE systems

Getting back to basics with bird and house management is key to overcoming coccidiosis and other health issues affecting producers ...
January 3, 2020

Hospitals offer inspiration for next-generation poultry biosecurity tools

Watch the full interview or each part separately Full interview: Hospitals offer inspiration for next-generation poultry biosecurity tools Hospitals offer inspiration for ...
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December 29, 2019

‘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), Joel ...
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December 23, 2019

One Health Certified label seeks balanced approach to poultry production, marketing

[buzzsprout episode='3938054' player='true'] A new label under development for meat and poultry products will represent production that seeks a balanced approach ...
December 3, 2019

Industry needs more poultry scientists to tackle disease challenges

More young people need to be encouraged to take up careers in poultry science if the sector is to properly ...
November 14, 2019

Salmonella’s sex life key to mitigating food safety risks

Food safety challenges linked to Salmonella could be tackled more effectively by better understanding the sex life of bacteria, according ...
October 29, 2019

Unusual presentation of bacterial septicemia in broilers tied to breeders

An unusual presentation of bacterial septicemia in broilers underscores the importance of obtaining a good history and obtaining input from ...
October 28, 2019

Perdue veterinarian seeks answers to inconsistent foodborne pathogen load

Taking a closer look at why incidence of Salmonella and Campylobacter varied widely on farms in the same production system ...
October 20, 2019

Coccidiosis control: Keys to success with a bioshuttle program

Resistance is unlikely to be a problem in coccidiosis bioshuttle programs, Greg Mathis, PhD, Southern Poultry Research, told Poultry Health ...
October 17, 2019

Necrotic enteritis control requires multi-pronged approach in RWA systems

Feeding higher levels of copper and zinc in the diet, managing litter moisture and controlling coccidiosis are keys to stopping ...
October 10, 2019

Avian pathogenic E. coli: Difficult to prevent and control

The bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), has re-emerged in broiler operations, said Nicolle Lima Barbieri, researcher at the University of ...
October 7, 2019

Sentinel broilers, PCR testing help isolate, identify evolving IBV populations in Arkansas

How do you look for new serotypes of a virus that might be circulating in an area? Sentinel birds are ...
October 2, 2019

Reductions in medically important antimicrobials reflect industry stewardship

Reductions in the use of medically important antimicrobials demonstrate the poultry industry’s commitment to stewardship of these valuable medications, Randall ...
September 29, 2019

Helping contract growers’ transition to no-antibiotics-ever broiler production

Successful transition from conventional to no-antibiotics-ever (NAE) broiler production requires awareness of all the changes needed and lots of advance ...
September 23, 2019

Better air circulation, moderately lower humidity improve paw quality

Increasing air circulation coupled with moderate reductions in humidity can dramatically improve paw quality, Connie Mou and Michael Czarick, University ...
September 19, 2019

US poultry industry shifting focus to Campylobacter, Salmonella Infantis

The US poultry industry needs to revisit Campylobacter-control strategies in preparation for new performance standards coming from USDA’s Food Safety ...
September 12, 2019

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 ...
September 10, 2019

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 ...
September 4, 2019

Vaccinated birds shown to have lower incidence of Salmonella at processing

Broilers vaccinated against Salmonella showed reduced levels of the pathogen at processing in a recent study, according to Charles Hofacre, ...
August 30, 2019

Coccidiosis vaccination impedes nutrient digestibility

Poultry veterinarians and production managers are all too familiar with coccidiosis and its impact on gut health, nutrient absorption, feed ...
August 29, 2019

What makes a chick tick: Help non-farm audiences understand poultry’s needs

Rather than adopt costly production practices that don’t necessarily benefit the health or welfare of poultry, veterinarians should work to ...
August 28, 2019

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 ...
August 19, 2019

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 ...
August 14, 2019

Zinc can help combat infectious bronchitis in poultry

Research on infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) remains a top priority for the poultry industry. Not only is it widespread, but ...
July 30, 2019

Ensuring chick quality in NAE production

The increase in 7-day chick mortality that has come along with the elimination of antibiotics requires a focus on containing ...
July 26, 2019

Studies in chickens could lead to blackhead control in turkeys

Broiler breeders with blackhead disease could hold the answer to prevention of the disease in turkeys, Elle Chadwick, a graduate ...
July 25, 2019

New AAAP Women’s Network opening doors in poultry industry

A new group within the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) aims to provide a forum for the growing number ...
July 15, 2019

Live-production management practices that help contain Salmonella

Avoidance of wet litter and well-timed feed withdrawal are two of several management steps that will help control the load ...

Focal duodenal necrosis in table-egg layers easily overlooked

Focal duodenal necrosis (FDN) in table-egg layers can be an easily overlooked cause of drops in egg production and egg-case ...
July 9, 2019

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 ...
July 5, 2019

Trial shows glutamine aids gut health in broilers raised without antibiotics

Glutamine has traditionally been considered a non-essential amino acid in broiler diets, but it may be more essential than first ...
June 7, 2019

Pilgrim’s veterinarian shares experiences with NAE production

Preparation, meticulous attention to sanitation and improved communication with both the hatchery staff and growers are critical for successfully raising ...
May 23, 2019

Four areas of hatchery management to help achieve better biosecurity

Diligent attention to four areas of hatchery management — egg-pack quality, incubation, sanitation and in ovo vaccination — can go ...
May 16, 2019

Poultry producers facing higher hurdles with USDA food-safety standards

Poultry producers can expect to jump a bigger hurdle as USDA continues to raise the bar for food safety, Ashley ...
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May 13, 2019

Moving up: Vaccinating broilers may help poultry companies improve Salmonella ratings

Vaccinating broilers against Salmonella could be an effective live-side intervention for obtaining higher ratings in the Salmonella categorizations established by ...
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May 8, 2019

Virulent ND in California sending wake-up call to US poultry industry

Outbreaks of virulent Newcastle disease (vND) that have spread from backyard to commercial flocks in California are providing a wake-up ...
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May 2, 2019

Bioshuttle program helps control E. tenella outbreaks in pullets

Administration of an in-feed anticoccidial after coccidiosis vaccination has helped alleviate outbreaks of Eimeria tenella in broiler breeder replacement stock, Erin ...
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April 18, 2019

Aggressive vaccination of broiler breeders needed to keep reovirus in check

Aggressive vaccination of broiler breeders for reovirus using live and inactivated vaccines has been one of the most important steps ...
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April 15, 2019

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, Tim Cummings, DVM, technical service veterinarian ...
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April 12, 2019

Dirty chick boxes can be source of Salmonella at hatcheries

Dirty chick boxes at hatcheries can be a source of Salmonella, but the risk was still lower than expected in ...
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April 9, 2019

Advanced diagnostic tests helping identify IBV in Europe

The QX strain of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) remains the most common variant of IBV in Europe, but the prevalence ...
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Genomic sequencing could aid ILT control efforts in poultry

Molecular virology is already leading to discoveries that will improve management of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT), according to Stephen Spatz, PhD, ...
April 8, 2019

Navigating the maze of alternative products for necrotic enteritis control

The effectiveness of antibiotic alternatives is going to vary among “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) production systems, and it’s up to ...
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April 4, 2019

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, ...
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March 29, 2019

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 ...
March 27, 2019

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 ...
March 21, 2019

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 ...
March 19, 2019

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 ...
March 11, 2019

Sanderson vet shares thoughts on managing elusive reovirus, other gut diseases

Part 1: Reovirus is always looking for an opportunity to change Autogenous vaccines used in a reovirus vaccination program need to ...
February 27, 2019

Mycoplasma synoviae demanding more attention as poultry industry grasps its full impact

Emerging, variant strains of Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) are causing eggshell apex abnormalities as well as production drops in both layer ...

Lameness in poultry can start in the hatchery

Lameness in poultry is often associated with bird weight, bacterial infections or the condition of the litter, but it actually ...
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February 21, 2019

Early exposure to Clostridium protects birds from necrotic enteritis

Early exposure to Clostridium perfringens (CP) in used litter may be a way to minimize the impact of necrotic enteritis ...
February 7, 2019

Necrotic enteritis control helps reduce Salmonella colonization

Maintaining good intestinal health in broilers is essential for minimizing the presence of Salmonella in birds sent for processing, Manuel ...
February 6, 2019

New standards for foodborne pathogens expanding control programs to live production

A rise in the prevalence of Salmonella on whole chicken carcasses since USDA changed the testing medium used could indicate ...
February 4, 2019

Sanitation key to successful NAE production

The key to successful “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) broiler production is cleanliness throughout every step of production, including a pristine ...
January 30, 2019

Discrepancies emerge between animal welfare and consumer perceptions

Poultry “raised without antibiotics” (RWA) or “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) now account for more than 50% of the broilers in ...
January 24, 2019

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 ...
January 23, 2019

Refined carbs show promise as ‘sentinel’ for Salmonella control

Higher government standards for Salmonella control have put more pressure on poultry companies to reduce incidence on broiler farms and ...
January 16, 2019

E. coli vaccination helps contain losses in broilers with IB infection

Field experience with infectious bronchitis (IB) in broilers during a harsh winter demonstrated that vaccination for secondary Escherichia coli infection ...
January 14, 2019

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 ...
January 10, 2019

Coccidiosis control, litter management key to NE prevention in broilers raised without antibiotics

Good coccidiosis control and litter management are the two most important steps producers can take to prevent necrotic enteritis (NE) ...
January 9, 2019

Heat-stress study shows need to increase ventilation with stocking density

As bird density increases, broiler producers need to be “more aggressive” with house ventilation to prevent heat stress in flocks, ...
January 7, 2019

Chicks may hold clues to lameness in older birds

Lameness in some poultry flocks has researchers searching for the cause, Suzanne Dougherty, DVM, a consulting poultry veterinarian based in ...
December 26, 2018

It takes two: Coccidiosis vaccines effective against E. tenella after adequate cycling

Coccidiosis vaccination was effective in broilers challenged with Eimeria tenella but only after vaccinal oocysts cycled twice, Laura Tensa, DVM, ...
December 6, 2018

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 ...
December 3, 2018

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 ...
November 19, 2018

IBV vaccination protects broilers despite ammonia exposure

A recent study corroborates previous findings that broilers properly vaccinated for infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) are protected from IBV challenge ...
November 8, 2018

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 ...
November 5, 2018

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, Sjaak ...
November 1, 2018

Biosecurity, disinfection, downtime keys to better ILT control

Strict biosecurity is the best defense against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in broiler flocks, advises Maricarmen García, PhD, a professor at ...
October 22, 2018

Halting in ovo vaccination not a good option for managing hatchery bacteria

Higher 7-day mortality from bacterial infections in the hatchery is no reason to stop in ovo vaccination for Marek’s and ...
October 21, 2018

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 ...
October 11, 2018

Uncertain supplies present challenges for rotation-minded producers

Poultry producers know the importance of developing a long-term strategy for maintaining the efficacy of anticoccidials, but sometimes unexpected backorders ...
September 6, 2018

Trace minerals, used litter, coccidiosis control key to managing enteritis in NAE flocks

Starting broiler flocks on used litter, coupled with effective coccidiosis control and the use of trace minerals, can help minimize ...
August 31, 2018

E. coli becoming more common with rise in ‘no antibiotics ever’ programs

With the removal of antibiotics in the hatchery in “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) programs, the bacterium Escherichia coli is becoming ...
August 23, 2018

Marek’s and Salmonella: John Smith, DVM, offers insights on two new broiler-vaccination trends

John Smith, DVM, poultry veterinarian for Alectryon in Baldwin, Georgia, shared ideas with Poultry Health Today on two changes in ...
August 17, 2018

Coccidiosis control: New strategies for a new era

Coccidiosis can be controlled in broilers without antibiotics as long as producers pay closer attention to hatchery coccidiosis vaccination procedures, ...
August 16, 2018

Early identification needed to protect broilers from reovirus

Reovirus is mutating every 2 to 3 years, which is making it difficult to protect broilers from the effects of ...
August 8, 2018

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 ...
August 2, 2018

Research focusing on new controls for coccidiosis, relationship with Salmonella

Alternative products for coccidiosis control remain the focus of research, but so far, the results are inconsistent, Sam Hendrix, DVM, ...
July 27, 2018

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 ...
July 26, 2018

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 ...
July 2, 2018

Vaccination followed with feed medication gives pullets added protection against coccidiosis

Inadequate coccidiosis protection in pullets can lead to health issues ranging from uneven weight gain to mortality. Recent trials show ...
June 20, 2018

Is MS the next ‘big, bad Mycoplasma’ for US poultry?

The US poultry industry is reporting more problems with virulent Mycoplasma synoviae (MS), Naola Ferguson, DVM, associate professor at the University of Georgia, told Poultry Health Today. MS causes upper-respiratory disease, leg problems, liver ...
June 14, 2018

Team effort by human, animal sectors needed to ensure responsible antibiotic use worldwide

While the poultry and livestock sectors have drawn the ire of consumer and medical groups for the growth of antimicrobial ...
May 24, 2018

Vaccinating broilers against Salmonella can help reduce pathogen’s prevalence at processing

Vaccination of broilers against Salmonella can help poultry producers reduce the pathogen’s prevalence at processing and may also benefit bird ...
May 11, 2018

On-farm Salmonella control helps prevent processing plant contamination

Contaminated chicken feathers and feet may be the primary vectors for transmitting Salmonella from poultry houses to processing plants, according ...
May 4, 2018

‘Turkeys are suffering’ without good control of coccidiosis

Turkeys are suffering from coccidiosis due to a lack of available medications, according to Greg Mathis, PhD, Southern Poultry Research, ...
May 1, 2018

Industry trendwatcher offers insights on future of antibiotic-free poultry production

A long-awaited report on US poultry antibiotic usage and trends for 2016 is expected to be released by Rennier Associates, ...
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April 19, 2018

Foregoing CAV breeder vaccination based on ELISA results can backfire

Not vaccinating broiler breeders for chicken anemia virus (CAV) because ELISA results show detectable antibodies could be asking for trouble, ...
April 16, 2018

C. perfringens on broiler meat can survive processing, potentially sicken consumers

Most broiler producers know the economic impact of necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringens, particularly in birds raised without antibiotics.   Now researchers ...
April 12, 2018

Woody breast continues to baffle researchers

Woody breast is a relatively new disease that adversely affects meat quality during processing, but poultry scientists still don’t understand ...
April 10, 2018

Biosecurity: ‘It doesn’t have to be boring’

What comes to mind when you hear the word “biosecurity”? Even though it’s a critically important subject, many poultry producers tune ...
April 5, 2018

Two symposia on poultry enteric disease set stage for 2018 AAAP Conference

Two symposia focused on enteric disease in poultry will be held immediately prior to the 2018 American Association of Avian ...
March 30, 2018

Seven misconceptions about IBD in broilers

Infectious bursal disease, or IBD, is one of the most common yet most misunderstood diseases of poultry. Kalen Cookson, DVM, a ...
March 19, 2018

AAAP plans to take more proactive approach in poultry health, welfare conversations

The American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) plans to increase its public presence and become a trusted source of information ...
February 19, 2018

How mutations, antigenic drift affect IBD management

Farms affected by variant infectious bursal disease (IBD) viruses may find that currently available IBD vaccines aren’t always effective, said ...
February 16, 2018

Why infectious bronchitis is so resilient — and what broiler companies can do about it

Control of infectious bronchitis (IB) requires good biosecurity, good management and rigorous administration of a vaccine that matches the circulating ...
February 9, 2018

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 ...
February 6, 2018

H9N2 could devastate America’s poultry industry

H9N2, a low-pathogenic avian influenza virus common in parts of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, would be difficult ...
January 25, 2018

Is feed a vector for avian influenza virus?

Layer feed does not appear to be a likely vector for transmitting the avian influenza (AI) virus, based on research ...
January 19, 2018

Closing in on coccidiosis: How metagenomics can help

Identifying coccidial species by metagenomics can help producers fine-tune their coccidiosis-control programs, said Ryan Snyder, a graduate student in the ...
January 11, 2018

When lysine is too much of a good thing

Lysine hydrochloride is an essential amino acid used in poultry diets to help ensure balanced nutrition and flock performance. But ...
January 2, 2018

Necrotic enteritis and age of litter: What’s the connection in broilers?

Broilers raised on used litter develop better immunity to necrotic enteritis (NE) than birds raised on new litter when challenged ...
December 25, 2017

Non-ionophore anticoccidial may help manage necrotic enteritis in RWA flocks

Flocks raised without antibiotics (RWA) that received a non-ionophore anticoccidial after coccidiosis vaccination had fewer necrotic enteritis (NE) lesions, less ...
December 21, 2017

Easy mistakes to avoid when managing respiratory disease in poultry

A methodical approach to managing respiratory disease in poultry can help veterinarians avoid misinterpreting data and making mistakes, according to ...
December 15, 2017

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 ...
December 12, 2017

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 ...
November 14, 2017

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), ...
November 10, 2017

Necrotic enteritis: Can it be managed effectively in NAE flocks?

Necrotic enteritis (NE) is not only a big problem in flocks raised without antibiotics, there’s a wide variation in how ...
October 20, 2017

Infectious bursal disease: ‘It’s never black and white’

Daral Jackwood, PhD, a professor at Ohio State University, is best known in the global poultry industry as the go-to ...
September 8, 2017

Alternative therapies called best long-term hope for blackhead disease in turkeys

Alternative treatments may be the only long-term hope for managing blackhead in turkeys, said Robert Beckstead, PhD, turkey health specialist, ...
August 29, 2017

Looming crisis for poultry: Finding and funding veterinarians

The poultry industry is rife with job openings for veterinarians that can’t be filled, according to Mark Jackwood, PhD, University ...
August 25, 2017

Managing coccidiosis successfully in poultry raised without antibiotics

Producers raising flocks without antibiotics are finding new ways to manage gut health and coccidiosis with vaccination and anticoccidials, Greg ...
August 3, 2017

New rule, same baseline skews sampling for foodborne pathogens

Last year, at the recommendation of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the US poultry industry switched from buffered peptone water ...
August 2, 2017

US broiler industry steadily reducing incidence of foodborne pathogens

[caption id="attachment_4130" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the interview[/caption] The US broiler industry has been steadily reducing the prevalence of Salmonella and Campylobacter on chicken parts since ...
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July 20, 2017

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 ...
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Poultry veterinarians need to be the ‘voice of the birds’

Veterinarians need to be more proactive and be the “voice of the birds” on issues related to health and well-being, ...
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July 19, 2017

Infectious bronchitis: The ‘eye of the storm’ for chicken health

Ask any poultry producer about the most economically important disease in broilers, breeders or layers. Infectious bronchitis (IB) almost always tops ...
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July 14, 2017

Veteran poultry scientist optimistic about managing necrotic enteritis in NAE flocks

The trend toward “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) poultry production has no doubt spawned problems with necrotic enteritis (NE), but the ...
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July 11, 2017

MG in poultry: Often overlooked but still costly

The incidence of Mycoplasma gallisepticum is currently low in broiler and broiler breeder flocks thanks to decades of effort by ...
July 2, 2017

Getting the hatchery ready for ‘No Antibiotics Ever’ production

[caption id="attachment_4130" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the full interview[/caption] Sanitation is the key to success when a hatchery completely removes antibiotics from ...
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June 28, 2017

Should we tap the brakes on slow-growth chicken?

[caption id="attachment_4130" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the full interview[/caption] Consumers advocating the use of slow-growth chickens mistakenly assume these birds have better ...
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June 27, 2017

Managing coccidia ‘leakage’ in antibiotic-free production systems

[caption id="attachment_4130" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the full interview[/caption] The US broiler industry has long relied on coccidial leakage to create immunity ...
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June 26, 2017

Mountaire stands on middle ground in antibiotic debate

[caption id="attachment_4130" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the full interview[/caption] While the all-or-nothing debate about the use of antibiotics in commercial poultry continues, ...
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June 19, 2017

Lapses in biosecurity: Veterinarian urges poultry companies to avoid these mistakes

[caption id="attachment_4130" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the full interview[/caption] Biosecurity needs to be approached as a comprehensive process, not as a series ...
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June 15, 2017

Air quality affects S. Heidelberg colonization in broilers

Improving air quality in broiler houses may be an important way to reduce colonization of Salmonella Heidelberg, according to the ...
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June 8, 2017

Teaming with poultry companies to ensure carcass quality and food safety

The role of today’s technical services veterinarian needs to go beyond posting sessions, field trials, product support and customized disease-management ...
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May 3, 2017

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. In addition, there ...
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May 1, 2017

Hatchery expert offers tips for fighting bacteria, improving biosecurity

With more US poultry companies reducing or eliminating antibiotic use in the hatchery, poultry companies need to make an even ...
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