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... 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.

... Failure of maternal antibodies to protect against E. coli infection highlights need for early protection

New studies in broiler chicks show that maternal antibodies to Escherichia coli do not prevent infection.

... E. coli vaccination yields bottom-line benefits on South African broiler farms

New research from South Africa shows that vaccinating broilers against Escherichia coli is good not just for birds, but also for bottom lines.

... 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 more of a problem at many broiler complexes.

... Is incentivized vaccination the answer to poultry’s public-health woes?

Governments and retailers should incentivize broiler producers to make better use of vaccines that could help protect public health, according to an expert in poultry infections.

... Three-pronged E. coli strategy to help cut losses, improve profitability

Managing Escherichia coli infection in commercial poultry flocks has to be tackled on three fronts to help cut losses and improve profitability, says Allan Ball, of the Slate Hall Veterinary Practice...

... Breeder E. coli vaccination boosts broiler health

Vaccination of broiler breeders against Escherichia coli helps improve the health of their progeny, reports a veterinarian in South Africa.

... ‘Old bug’ with new name easily mistaken for E. coli peritonitis

Commercial chicken flocks that appear to have Escherichia coli peritonitis might actually be infected with a re-emerging old pathogen with a new name.

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

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

... Surveillance, careful vaccine selection tops “shoot-in-the-dark” strategy for IB control

Microbiologist Mark Jackwood, PhD, University of Georgia, urges producers not to “shoot in the dark” with infectious bronchitis vaccines and, instead, to focus on surveillance, monitoring and...

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

By John Brown, DVM Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis

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

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

... Modified-live E. coli vaccine found safe, effective for water administration to chickens

A modified-live vaccine indicated for active immunization against infections caused by Escherichia coli 078 is safe and also effective when administered in drinking water, according to results of a...

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

While infectious bronchitis remains a serious threat to broiler health, it often opens the door to the more costly secondary infection, E coli, explained Kalen Cookson, DVM, director of clinical...

... E. coli in broilers: Its costly impact on condemnations and mortality

Infectious bronchitis is a never-ending battle for poultry producers, but its the secondary infection E. coli that often proves to be the most costly to broilers in terms of condemnations and...

... Mountaire veterinarian discusses managing E. coli in broilers in the face of IBV infection

Don Ritter, DVM, of Mountaire Farms, details the company’s recent bout with IB in broilers and the costly secondary infection of E. coli that followed.

... Live E. coli, Salmonella vaccines remained effective when used together in challenge study

Administration of a modified-live Escherichia coli vaccine along with a live Salmonella vaccine does not appear to affect the efficacy of either, indicate the results of a recent challenge study.[1]...

... Study shows value of E. coli vaccine in chickens

A live Escherichia coli vaccine provided a high level of protection to chickens challenged with the same E. coli strain as well as cross-protection against a different strain in a recent study...

... Managing E. coli in broilers in the face of IBV infection

Don Ritter, DVM, of Mountaire Farms, Millsboro, Delaware, details the company’s recent bout with infectious bronchitis in broilers and the costly secondary infection of E. coli that followed.

... UGA’s Mark Jackwood: Stop ‘shooting in the dark’ with bronchitis vaccination

Microbiologist Mark Jackwood, PhD, University of Georgia, urges producers not to “shoot in the dark” with infectious bronchitis vaccines and, instead, to focus on surveillance, monitoring and...

... Antibiotic-free production: Tips for making it work

After following trends in antibiotic-free production over the past several years, Tim Cummings, DVM, has identified a few production practices worth incorporating.

... Canada studies find no links between ionophores, resistance of other antibiotics

One of the few studies about antibiotic resistance and ionophores in poultry was published by Canadian researchers in 2007 who found that isolates showing resistance to multiple antibiotics can be...

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

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

... Three more broiler diseases you can manage with vaccination

There's more to poultry health than Marek's, IBD, ILT and ND. Vaccines also play major roles in curbing these common diseases.

... Tips for feeding poultry raised without antibiotics

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

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

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

... The growing importance of nighttime air quality

By Drs. Michael Czarick, Brian Fairchild and Brian Jordan Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

... Poultry vet urges poultry producers to guard against E. coli

Long regarded as a secondary infection to respiratory disease, E. coli is now rated as a primary infection in many layer and broiler-breeder flocks, according to Jose Linares, DVM and technical...

... Experience with GA 08 provides valuable information about IBV variants in poultry

Experience with Georgia 2008 (GA 08) — the infectious bronchitis variant that’s caused major economic losses for poultry producers in the Southeast — has provided valuable information that will...

... What’s left if we lose antibiotics?

Bacterial resistance is developing quickly and many critically important drugs risk becoming obsolete. Disastrous consequences lie in wait therefore unless these drugs are used prudently.

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

A new study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) shows that there are also important differences in the consumption of antimicrobials in animals and in humans between European countries.

... FDA finds positive and negative trends in antimicrobial resistance in bacteria isolated from humans, retail meats and food animals

The Food and Drug Administration has released its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) 2011 Executive Report, showing both increasing and decreasing antimicrobial resistance...

... Improving Rapid Detection Methods for Foodborne Pathogens

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

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

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

... Field trials show practical, economic benefits of E. coli vaccine in broilers

Recent studies on two continents have demonstrated that a modified-live vaccine reduced losses from Escherichia coli in broilers, even when the disease challenge was strong.

... FDA reports positive trends in antimicrobial resistance

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

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

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

... Kinky back takes costly toll on broilers at 4 to 6 weeks

Broiler producers are being urged to watch for signs of kinky back, an emerging bacterial disease of poultry that can cause significant losses in birds 4 to 6 weeks of age.

... Experimental and applied approaches to control Salmonella in broiler processing

By Dr. Mark E. Berrang USDA—Agricultural Research Service, Russell Research Center, Athens, GA

... Zoetis receives USDA conditional license for first vaccine to control Georgia 08 IB strain

Zoetis Inc. has obtained a conditional license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to market the first commercially available vaccine for helping reduce disease caused by the Georgia 08...

... Methods of diagnosing enteric disease clarified

Diagnosing clostridial enteric disease in poultry remains a challenge — primarily because many clostridial species can be a normal inhabitant of the gut, which makes it difficult to determine their...


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