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... AVMA releases first-ever guidelines for depopulation of animals

The AVMA has published its first ever Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals to help veterinarians support animal welfare in situations where the difficult decision to depopulate has been made.

... 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.

... 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 for consumers about the science behind poultry health.

... 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.

... 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...

... 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, according to Nancy Reimers, DVM, chair of the Animal Welfare Committee, AAAP.

... Cage-free hen housing: How far will the pendulum swing?

By John Brown, DVM Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis

... Plant inspectors help poultry industry monitor welfare

Processors understand that the humane treatment of chickens during processing is simply the right thing to do. It also is the law.

... Poultry companies need to balance consumer preferences with flock health, welfare and food safety

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

... The Poultry Smith

In this exclusive interview with Poultry Health Today, Fieldale Farms veterinarian John Smith reflects on his career, the state of the US poultry industry and, most importantly, what it needs to do...

... The case for ionophores: How they’re different from other antibiotics — and why it matters

Unlike other classes of antibiotics, ionophores are not considered important to human health by top public health and regulatory agencies.

... What’s the most humane way to raise a chicken? Watch and listen

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

... Hens in enriched colony system appear more stressed, flighty

Hens in an enriched colony system were more stressed and flighty than conventionally caged birds in a study from Mississippi State and Texas A&M Universities.

... Four tips for taking the lead on the animal-welfare conversation

By Carla Price, PhD CJP Nutrition Ellisville, Miss.

... Water pressure: How does it affect broilers’ consumption, performance?

Low-pressure water systems designed to reduce water usage have some poultry growers turning up the pressure to hydrate flocks and improve bird performance, but is this a sound practice economically?

... Cage-free layers: Are ‘happier’ birds also healthier?

Leading egg producers in the US are pledging to go cage-free, but are happier layers necessarily healthier? John Brown, DVM, a veterinarian who specializes in layer health, shares his thoughts on the...

... 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.

... AAAP: Poultry health, welfare ‘should not be sacrificed in the name of marketing’

Antibiotic use in poultry should be minimized through carefully planned and well-executed preventive practices, according to to a new position statement released by the American Association of Avian...

... Sanderson veterinarian voices concerns about ‘anti-technology’ movement

The anti-technology trend that seems popular today has Phil Stayer, DVM, corporate veterinarian for Sanderson Farms, Inc., worried it could have far-reaching, unintended consequences for the industry...

... Specialists explore new options for managing flock health while defending judicious antibiotic use

Growing demand for poultry raised without food-animal antibiotics has put more pressure on veterinarians to find alternative yet dependable disease-control options, according to a panel of nine...

... Balancing consumers’ preferences with flock health, welfare and food safety

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

... Candid camera: Undercover videos on rise in poultry industry

Undercover videos of poultry farms made by animal activists appear to be on the rise, Mark Crouser, a consultant to the Center for Food Integrity (CFI), reported at the recent National Meeting on...

... Free 2015 AAAP Proceedings Booklet

Pressures to reduce or eliminate antibiotics from poultry production have created new health and welfare challenges for chickens and turkeys. In this lively roundtable discussion, poultry industry...

... ‘Vets on Call’ video series visits major US egg producer

The health and welfare of laying hens at Rose Acre Farms —the second largest egg producer in the US — is the subject of a two-part video of the popular “Vets on Call” YouTube series.

... Omitting ionophores raises ethical conflicts for veterinarians

Some advocacy groups believe that more restaurants and foodservice companies should follow the lead of Chipotle, Panera and Chick-fil-A, which only buy chickens raised without any products classified...

... Vets treat chickens to prevent foodborne illness

In the latest episode of Vets on Call, Dr. Pohl and Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia visit a broiler farm to examine the flock’s response to a vaccine.

... Poultry vets are latest focus of popular YouTube series

The popular YouTube series, Veterinarians on Call, recently turned its cameras on two poultry veterinarians from the University of Georgia to help educate the public on modern poultry production.

... 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...

... 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...


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