Find out what ten poultry-related news stories were read the most during the past month:

1. 6 antibiotic-free supplements that can harm water lines

Antibiotic-free poultry production is forcing farmers, and the entire industry, to re-evaluate and scrutinize every step in the process, including water lines.

2. Animal welfare vs. animal rights: combating activist groups

Consumers crave information about how the animals they eat are raised and where their food comes from, but unfortunately they frequently turn to Google, getting answers from animal activist organizations rather than directly from the farmers and ranchers who care for these animals and the companies that produce the food.

3. Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech president and founder, dies at 73

Alltech has announced the passing of its founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons. Lyons died on Thursday, March 8, due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery.

4. Low pathogenic avian flu found in Missouri turkeys

Low pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a commercial turkey flock in Jasper County, Missouri.

5. 7 animal proteins to use in poultry feeds

Poultry, and chickens in particular, as this discussion will focus on broilers and layers, are omnivorous animals. This implies that they eat practically “everything,” and this includes other animals — at least in their wild state.


6. BRF’s ex-president in custody, police enter company premises

Pedro de Andrade Faria, ex global president of the world's largest exporter of poultry meat, BRF, was temporarily taken into custody on the morning of March 5 as part of the latest stage of Brazil’s Operation Weak Flesh.

7. Low pathogenic avian flu in Texas broiler breeder flock

Low pathogenic H7N1 avian influenza has been confirmed in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Hopkins County, Texas, animal health authorities reported.

8. 9 broiler welfare questions answered by experts

Animal welfare is under increasing scrutiny as consumers demand more information about how their food is raised and activist groups ratchet up the pressure on food retailers.

9. Avian flu: Four continents, six viruses

A total of six different variants of the virus causing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed in commercial poultry in the last week in five Asian countries, Italy, The Netherlands, South Africa, the U.S., and Mexico.

10. Top US chicken producers expanding production capabilities

Powered by strong performance, the top integrated poultry companies in the U.S. are making investments in new or upgraded facilities.