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Information on global poultry, pig and animal feed markets.

Eric Gingerich

This topic was presented at the 2009 National Meeting on Poultry Health and Processing by Eric Gingerich, DVM, Staff Veterinarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Laboratory of Avian Medicine and Pathology. Co-authors include Dr. Shelley Rankin, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. John Barnes of North Carolina State University; Dr. Robert Owen, Alpharma, Inc.; and Dr. Sherrill Davison, University of Pennsylvania.

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Annual update on layer health

Poll highlights chick quality, coccidiosis among top concerns
An update on the health status of U.S. egg-producing flocks is presented annually to the United States Animal Health Association, Committee on Transmissible Diseases of Poultry and Other Avian Species. Currently there are no major clinical disease problems in pullets or laying hens housed in either cages or alternative systems.
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Efforts intensify to reduce Salmonella enteritidis infection in laying hens

The FDA Egg Safety Rule has resulted in efforts to comply with reasonable and proactive procedures to prevent SE
The implementation of the FDA Egg Safety Rule in July 2010 followed by the Wright County SE outbreak of August 2010 has led to significant concern and efforts to reduce SE infection by U.S. egg producers. There is a considerable financial impact arising from a flock testing positive by sampling of manure and if subsequently confirmed as SE positive by assaying egg pools. 
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Spinal abscesses hit US broiler flocks

More questions than answers still surround this emerging disease syndrome which causes lameness in typically 2% to 4% of birds in affected flocks.
More questions than answers still surround this emerging disease syndrome which causes lameness in typically 2% to 4% of birds in affected flocks.
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Focal Duodenal Necrosis (FDN) in table egg flocks

Focal duodenal necrosis (FDN) is an intestinal disease of table egg flocks first described by Dr. Patricia Dunn of the Diagnostic Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University in a cage-free layer flock in 1997.
Focal duodenal necrosis (FDN) is an intestinal disease of table egg flocks first described by Dr. Patricia Dunn of the Diagnostic Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University in a cage-free layer flock in 1997.
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