Cage-free hen housing: How far will the pendulum swing? - Poultry Health Today
Consumer demand is pushing the pendulum toward cage-free egg production, but just how far that pendulum will swing remains to be seen. In a law that took effect in January 2015, California mandated increased space for egg-layers.
3 keys to antibiotic-free poultry production
Going antibiotic free means growers need to be more mindful of the cleanliness of their operation and more cognizant of how feed and feed additives can promote the overall health of their birds.
Lasalocid in broilers: Misunderstood ionophore making a strong comeback - Poultry Health Today
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.
More avian flu cases in poultry in Nigeria, South Korea
While South Korea has announced the first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in four months, there have been further cases in Nigeria. In addition, the French government has announced further details of a scheme to compensate businesses affected by the disease.
Pathways to protection: How one vaccine decision can affect options for managing other diseases in broilers - Poultry Health Today
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. First, there are so many variables to consider - not just disease pressure and the emergence of new variants, but also geographic location, proximity to other farms, temperature, litter moisture, housing type, ventilation, lighting, bird density, target weight and labor.
3 things to consider when choosing a cage-free system
On my recent visit to the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, I had the opportunity to visit with 12 suppliers of housing systems for laying hens. After hearing about the various types of systems being offered and how they operate, I think there are three questions that U.S.
Free 2015 AAAP Proceedings Booklet - Poultry Health Today
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.