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Information on global poultry, pig and animal feed markets.

Zoe Kay

Zoe Kay is an independent consultant providing technical services to the animal health and nutrition industry. She can be reached at cuckooconsulting@gmail.com.

ARTICLES

Poultry

How broiler super pre-starter diets impact bird growth

By targeting the needs of the young chick, its performance can be improved, but the investment needs to make overall economic sense
The limited digestive capacity of broiler chicks post hatch demands easily digestible raw materials. A diet containing high-quality, functional ingredients provides a good nutritional start in life. However, there are varied opinions on the ability of a diet fed only for a few days to improve growth through to slaughter.
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Insects

Unlocking the potential of insect meal in animal feed

Changing regulations, more research and commercially available products means including insects in feed is becoming more interesting.
The animal feed industry has been talking about the nutritional and environmental benefits of using insect meal; however, legislation and availability have limited its practical use. Developments in both areas mean in fish diets it has become a viable option and, for monogastrics, it has real commercial potential.
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Latest pig circovirus disease treatment options

Supporting pig herd health, along with effective vaccination strategies, is essential to control diseases caused by this virus.
Due to the association of circovirus with a number of common pig health conditions, it is important to manage the overall health status of the herd. Circovirus is almost always found in combination with other pathogens and mortality can be very high.
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Colibacillosis in pigs: vaccinate or medicate?

What is the best way to control this important cause of diarrhea in neonatal and post-weaning pigs?
Colibacillosis is an infection of the bacterium Echerichia coli. Piglets become infected through the environment, other scouring piglets and, most importantly, the sow herself.
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Additives

How to use medium-chain fatty acids in pig diets

In a climate of reduced antibiotic usage, natural fatty acids are becoming popular additive for promoting gut health
Pig gut health suffers during times of stress. This leaves them susceptible to disease, as well as having a negative effect on growth. Medium chain fatty acids are known to have antibacterial activity and their benefit on performance makes them a useful tool in antibiotic-free production.
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Pathogens

Can the risk of Campylobacter be mitigated?

A major source of food poisoning, Campylobacter needs the focus of the whole poultry industry to be eliminated.
Campylobacteriosis remains the most commonly reported foodborne disease in the EU and has been so since 2005.
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Understanding circovirus diseases in piglets and sows

The virus has been circulating for over 20 years in the global pig herd and has been identified as the causative agent for several economically important diseases.
Porcine circovirus (PCV) is so called due to the circular form of its DNA. The virus is transmitted through infected feces and via mechanical means including clothing, equipment and vehicles.
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Modern control strategies for PRRS

Effective PRRS control requires a whole-herd approach to reduce negative effects on pig production.
Porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS) continues to have significant performance and economic effects on pig production. In fact, it is considered to be the most significant pig health problem across the globe.
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Coccidiosis in piglets remains a worldwide problem

Coccidiosis is an under-diagnosed cause of diarrhea in piglets that can have long-term effects on health and performance.
Pig producers around the world are aware of the problems of piglet diarrhea, including mortality, poor performance and susceptibility to other diseases. In this article, the topic of coccidiosis in piglets is discussed.
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