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Keeping the hatchery clean and disinfected: Poultry Industry

By Colin Russell, 
consultant microbiologist, Aviagen, UK While hatcheries have been in use within the poultry industry for many years, growing in size and complexity, many of the issues relating to hatchery hygiene have not changed. Our greater understanding of cause and effect and our ability to identify monitor and control disease causing agents has given us more robust methods to protect our chicks from infection but at the same time more challenges to overcome. Periodically even the…

How to Feed Nine Billion People Sustainably

Tuesday, December 24, 2014- Becoming self-sufficient in food production – what better way is there for countries to sustainably feed their growing populations? But, scratch the surface of this potential solution, and it does not really stack up, according to Dr Peter Barnard, Director of Trade, Market access and Industry Strategy with Meat & Livestock Australia. Global meat consumption is forecast to almost double by 2050, when there will be a projected 9.1 billion people to feed.…

Reviewing 50 years in the egg industry

World Poultry: The International Egg Commission (IEC) is a unique organisation that is 
keeping track of worldwide egg production, trade and consumption patterns and dynamics. This year IEC is celebrating its 50th anniversary. A good reason for reviewing the history and development of the global egg business over the 
past 50 years based on the situation in Denmark, the Netherlands and the USA. This also explains todays trends. Photo: Bert Jansen By Peter van Horne, IEC economic…

Weekly Overview: Poultry Sector Faces up to Tough Challenges

December 2014 - Poultry Site - GLOBAL - In the UK, recent results from a survey of Campylobacter prevalence in chickens for sale has caused a leading poultry company to take action. The global animal health agency has called for better surveillance for disease as avian flu hits poultry in India and Canada. Following the formation of a Joint Working Group to tackle Campylobacter in a focused way in the United Kingdom, one of the country's leading poultry companies has announced a…

Water Quality and Quantity Influence Flock Performance

Wednesday, December 11, 2014 Poultry Site - Broilers today drink more water than they did 10 to 20 years ago but problems can be avoided by ensuring the birds receive good quality water, monitoring daily water intake and implementing a sound water line cleaning and maintenance programme, according to Professor Tom Tabler of Mississippi State University and co-authors in 'MSU Cares'. Water is the most critical, but also the most overlooked, nutrient when it comes to flock performance in…

Light day-old chicks need higher ambient heat in early life

Young broiler chicks need ambient heat to control their body temperature. The required ambient temperature depends, among other things, on the bodyweight of the day-old chicks. Their bodyweight can be influenced by the age of the breeders, where older breeders can bring forth heavier chicks. During six production cycles, the effect of two different temperature gradients on the mortality of lighter chicks (breeding eggs from younger breeders-3 cycles) and more heavy chicks (breeding eggs…

Why Broiler Growers Should Be Concerned about Paw Quality

November, 2014 - Poultry Site - Broiler growers may be looking at this paw (foot pad) situation all wrong, according to Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Morgan Farnell (Associate Professor) and Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor, Poultry Science), all at Mississippi State University. Footpad dermatitis is a major welfare concern in broiler chickens and is used as an audit criterion in the US and Europe during animal welfare audits. However, there seems to be less concern among many…

Global Warming: How Does It Relate to Poultry?

Understanding how greenhouse gas (GHG) figures are generated and what the poultry industry can do to further reduce the impact remains important, explains Claudia S. Dunkley, Extension Poultry Scientist at the University of Georgia's Department of Poultry Science. Introduction The on-going debate on global warming has left some people convinced that human activity is seriously impacting climate change. Others are sceptical and dismissive. Whether you believe global warming is…

Study Reveals Differences in Animal Welfare Training across Europe

EU - According to a new study, the main differences in farm animal welfare education across Europe seem to be in the reduced number of hours of education, less interactive teaching and fewer courses in English available to students outside the North West of the region. A recent study published in Animal Welfare aimed was to map farm animal welfare in university education in an enlarged Europe Union with emphasis on identifying existing differences and gaps. Information on 210 courses…

Common Sources of Foodborne Disease in UK

October 2014 -Poultry Site - Campylobacter is the most common foodborne pathogen in the UK, with an estimated 280,000 cases and 40,000 foodborne illness-related GP consultations, according to the second Infectious Intestinal Disease extension study carried out for the Food Standards Agency (FSA). A significant proportion of cases of campylobacteriosis come from poultry the FSA says in its latest Annual Science Report for 2013/2014. The report shows that an FSA survey carried out in…

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