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Rigorous surveillance imperative to prevent spread of avian influenza

The enormous economic threat that avian influenza (AI) poses to the global poultry industry, coupled with its potential for evolution into zoonotic …

Public Health

Rainwater harvesting helps poultry farms reduce water dependency, save money

A new system for harvesting and storing rainwater from poultry barns provides birds with high quality water while reducing the grower’s dependency on …

Snorkeling

Cage-free layers: Are 'happier' birds also healthier?

Selecting birds that are naturally more resistant to disease could help the poultry industry reduce antibiotics use in the future, say researchers.<p>An …

Windrowing litter can reduce pressure from poultry viruses, insects and bacteria

Poultry producers looking to improve litter quality and flock health should consider windrowing — a practice that not only works to control ammonia …

Poultry

More light at night reduces daytime heat stress in broilers

Extended lighting periods help boost welfare and production of big broilers during high seasonal temperatures, a University of Georgia study …

Birds

Early feeding, housing may affect broiler response to immune challenges

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

Housing

Hatchery expert offers tips for fighting bacteria, improving biosecurity

Podcast: Play in new window | Download<p>Subscribe: Android | RSS<p>With more US poultry companies reducing or eliminating antibiotic use in the hatchery, …

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.<p>“Under the Poultry …

Agriculture

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 …

Agriculture

Reducing your poultry farm’s carbon footprint: Good for the environment and for the birds

<i>By</i> <i>Claudia S. Dunkley, PhD</i> <i><br>Extension poultry scientist/specialist</i> <i><br>University of Georgia, Tifton</i><p>The increasing prevalence of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and …

Fossil Fuels

‘Raised without antibiotics’ marketing has nothing to do with science

By David French, DVM<br>Staff Veterinarian<br>Sanderson Farms<p>“It has nothing to do with science.” That’s the message I’ve received from two different …

Agriculture

Lasalocid in broilers: What’s behind its resurgence?

<i>By Jon Schaeffer, DVM, PhD</i> <i><br>Director, US Poultry Veterinary Services</i> <i><br>Zoetis</i><p>Developing a long-term strategy for managing coccidiosis in broilers is more …

Agriculture

Working with FSIS to reduce condemnations and cut losses

<i>By Douglas L. Fulnechek, DVM</i> <i><br>Senior Technical Services Veterinarian,</i> <i>Zoetis</i><p>Unnecessary condemnations can cost poultry producers a fortune. In some …

Veterinary Medicine

Antibiotic issues broaden poultry veterinarians’ role

<i>By Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV</i> <i><br>Corporate Veterinarian</i> <i><br>Sanderson Farms, Inc.</i><p>All large US commercial broiler producers have their own …

Agriculture

Broiler-house management is key to preventing winter respiratory disease

<i>By Tak Niino, VMD</i> <i><br>Technical services veterinarian</i> <i><br>Zoetis Inc.</i><p>Respiratory disease in broilers can occur any time of year, but it’s especially …

Public Health

IBDV in boilers: Management obstacles and options

<i>By Daral J. Jackwood, PhD</i> <i><br>Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine</i> <i><br>Food Animal Health Research Program</i> <i><br>Ohio Agricultural Research and</i> …

Campylobacter in poultry: An elusive pathogen

By Orhan Sahin, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVM<br>Assistant Professor<br>Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine<br>Iowa State University, Ames,</i> …

Inexperience leads to disaster in small specialty poultry flock

Disease and high mortality in a small Midwestern poultry operation of the US demonstrate the consequences of inexperience coupled with the treatment …

Poultry

Vigilance key for limiting avian flu risk

European officials are urging poultry producers to review of the signs and symptoms of avian flu and biosecurity measures for containing it.<p>Following …

Bird Flu

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

Commercial chicken flocks that appear to have <i>Escherichia coli</i> peritonitis might actually be infected with a re-emerging old pathogen with a new …

E.coli

FDA: Salmonella, antibiotic resistance declining in US poultry meat

Incidence of <i>Salmonella</i> in ground chicken and turkey meat has dropped to its lowest level since the FDA began monitoring the foodborne pathogen, …

Public Health

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

Ionophores are unlike other classes of antibiotics and are not considered important to human health by leading public health and regulatory …

Public Health

Despite similar labels, PAA products used in processing not all the same

<i>Editor’s note: Kroff Lab Services, Inc., an analytical testing company in Pittsburgh, recently conducted a 3-month study to evaluate the stability,</i> …

Agriculture

Thinking about going antibiotic-free? Expert panel offers insights, suggestions

Broiler and turkey companies need to think carefully and weigh all the possible impacts before considering a move to antibiotic-free production, said …

Agriculture

FDA: Some antibiotics still OK for production purposes

New FDA guidelines that discourage using medically important antibiotics for promoting growth in food animals appear to have been well-received by …

Agriculture

Antibiotic management insights for the poultry industry

Susan SpiegelComments Off on Livestock farming standards to get boost under antimicrobial-resistance plan<p>The European Commission has unveiled plans …

Agriculture