Cage-free hen housing: How far will the pendulum swing?
Consumer demand is pushing the pendulum toward cage-free egg production, but just how far that pendulum will swing remains to be seen. "There are risks that come with this more open environment — the same risks that many years ago prompted producers to move hens from the floor into cages," says John Brown, DVM, a veterinarian at Zoetis who specializes in layer health.
Pathways to protection: How one vaccine decision can affect options for managing other diseases in broilers
Broiler operations naturally want to provide the best disease protection for the least cost, but deciding which vaccines to use and when can be a daunting task. Every flock and farm is different and there’s no such thing as a blanket program. So how should broiler farms go about planning cost-effective vaccination programs? And how does one vaccine decision affect a poultry company’s options for managing other diseases?
Poultry health: New challenges for a new era
Pressures to reduce or eliminate antibiotics from poultry production have created new health and welfare challenges for chickens and turkeys. New disease patterns are emerging while other pathogens are becoming more prevalent and difficult to control.
In this lively roundtable discussion, poultry industry experts — including veterinarians from three major broiler companies — shared their candid insights on this new production trend.
Lasalocid in broilers: Misunderstood ionophore making a strong comeback
Misunderstood and underused for decades, the ionophore lasalocid is now setting new sales records in the US poultry industry as poultry health specialists learn to use the powerful anticoccidial more effectively. Jon Schaeffer, DVM, Zoetis, talks about the product’s resurgence, as well as new opportunities for using the product in poultry headed to Japan.