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China poultry forum highlights industry food safety

WATT-sponsored event discusses animal health, biosecurity, sustainability during VIV China 2012
More than 170 industry leaders from national and multinational poultry integration management and operations met to discuss issues of food safety, business culture and priorities, animal health, biosecurity, sustainability, food quality, safe feed and new technical developments at the China Poultry Forum, held September 21 in Beijing, China. The theme of the forum, also attended by industry researchers, commercial suppliers and other stakeholders, was "Food Safety on Poultry Industry China," and was the first national/international industry forum. 
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USPOULTRY, foundation approve $290,762 in research grants

Eight new projects approved
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved a total of $290,762 for eight new research grants at six institutions. The research funding was approved by the boards of directors of both organizations, based on recommendations from the Foundation Research Advisory Committee. 
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Feeding poultry in a cost-conscious environment: Nutritional solutions to spiraling feed prices

It is imperative to make better use of feed, and there are various strategies that can be employed to achieve this.
The main contributors to spiralling feed costs are numerous: increased demand for food due to continual exponential growth in world population, increased meat consumption, low world stocks of feed ingredients and reprioritization of land from food use to biofuel due to government energy security and climate policies. Adverse weather conditions also have a significant impact on crop yields, fuelling speculation in the commodity markets and further driving feed prices upwards.
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Deciphering droughts: What poultry producers need to know

After 22 years without a major drought, the Midwest may well be entering into a period of more frequent droughts. Here’s how US agriculture can adjust.
The last major drought in the Corn Belt was in 1988. For the next 22 years there were no significant droughts. It had been so long that many professionals in agribusiness had no memory of a drought. Then, in June, under blistering temperatures, the yield of the U.S. corn crop started to melt away. A full-scale drought developed that is a rival to 1988.
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Perinatal imprinting in poultry benefits performance

Mounting evidence shows that what chicks are fed around the time of hatching influences a bird’s performance and its nutrient requirement in later life.
The emerging science of epigenetics and nutrigenomics could rewrite the book on the nutritional requirements of broilers, according to scientists speaking at the Alltech 28th annual international symposium. Manipulating gene expression around the time of hatching – or even earlier at the breeder stage – can condition birds for specific tissue development and nutritional requirements later in life.
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ASRC – the Avian Science Research Centre

The Avian Science Research Centre, part of the Scottish Agricultural College, specializes in contract research and consultancy for government and the private sector. It focuses on nutrition, health and welfare and provides consultancy in avian veterinary medicine, environmental audits and impact assessments.
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Using pellet quality to improve broiler growth rate, feed conversion

The way feed is presented will affect energy and time required to consume it.
Poultry activity, or behavior, has not received as much research attention as other areas when considering performance. In our modern production environments, there has traditionally been little perceived economic value in understanding or monitoring bird behavior.
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Poultry feed and the control of fumonisins

Failure to deactivate fumonisins can lead to not only reduced production, but also higher mortality rates.
Poultry is known to be less sensitive to fumonisin exposure than pigs and horses, but this does not mean that birds are immune to the effects of this mycotoxin, or that its presence in feed does not impact on meat and egg production. The effects of fumonisin exposure were dramatically witnessed back in 1995, when two layer farms were seriously affected. 
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