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Cobb opens new poultry pedigree breeding research facility

New 1,000-acre complex located in Deer Lodge, Tenn.
The latest Cobb poultry pedigree breeding research facility was officially opened on March 1, in Deer Lodge, Tenn. The $22 million 1,000-acre complex is made up of 34 poultry houses that provide facilities for brooding chicks, assessing feed efficiency, rearing pullets and producing the hatching eggs for either reproduction of the pedigree lines or roduction of the breeding stock.  
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Brazil poultry, pig feed mineral levels revised

New measures take production advances into account
Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry has revoked legislation covering levels of minerals in poultry and pig feed, indicating that Directive 20 of 1997 had become increasingly obsolete due to changes in technology in the feed sector. The legislation was initially introduced to lay down minimum concentrations of minerals in commercial feed, guaranteeing adequate supplies for animals. 
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Major factors in maintaining poultry performance: management, hygiene

The bacterial challenge is ever-present but does not have to be left unchecked.
There are many diseases in poultry production that cause substantial economic losses to the industry each year due to increased mortality or impaired growth. Colibacillosis caused by strains of E. coli organisms and avian salmonellosis, which includes a large group of acute or chronic diseases caused by Salmonella, are, in addition to many others, some of the most common causes for increased economic losses.
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Algae may provide protein in poultry, pig feed

Researchers testing material as possible supplement, replacement for corn and soybean meal
Marine algae may serve as a viable protein-rich supplement to animal feed for poultry and pigs, according to researchers at Cornell University who are studying the material as a possible additive or replacement for corn and soybean meal. The goal is to transform a biofuel byproduct into a commodity, which could free up thousands of acres of cropland, say the researchers. 
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University of Georgia, IPE collaborate on poultry short course

Course focuses on poultry economics, nutrition, management, processing
The International Poultry Expo is collaborating with the University of Georgia to promote the Georgia International Poultry Short Course 2012 to be held January 27–31, 2012, in Athens, Ga. Registrants who sign up for the course will also receive registration to the 2012 International Poultry Expo, which will take place January 24-26, 2012, in Atlanta.
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USPOULTRY Foundation awards grant to University of Arkansas

Funds to be used for poultry science outreach programs
The USPOULTRY Foundation has awarded a $19,043 student recruiting grant to the University of Arkansas’ poultry science department. Such funds from the USPOULTRY Foundation are vital in the university’s outreach to K-12 youth and community college students, according to Dr. Michael Kidd, director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the university. 
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University of Georgia receives $16,334 USPOULTRY Foundation grant

Money to be used for high school, undergrad recruiting to college poultry science program
The University of Georgia poultry science department recently received a $16,334 student recruiting grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation. The department uses funds from the Foundation to attract students to its majors through summer programs, which introduce high school students to the field of poultry science, according to Dr. Mike Lacy, professor and head of the department. 
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USPOULTRY Foundation awards student recruiting grant to Texas A&M

Money will go towards poultry science department undergraduate recruiting
Texas A&M University has received a $29,499 student recruiting grant from the USPOULTRY Foundation. Funds from the Foundation will allow the school's poultry science department to invest significant time and resources in undergraduate student recruiting activities, according to Dr. John Carey, professor and head of the department. 
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Turkey dietary adjustments may reduce nitrogen emissions

Reduction of crude protein, addition of threonine lowered nitrogen excretions by 12%
A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study conducted at Michigan State University has shown that changes to the diets fed to turkey toms may reduce nitrogen emissions from grow-out farms without sacrificing meat yields. Researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Maryland and Purdue University studied the effect of diets containing different concentrations of crude protein and different amino acid (AA) supplementations on nutrient retention and excretion by turkeys. 
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The growing role of DDGS in poultry nutrition

New research suggests that the inclusion of DDGS in layer diets can be increased.
Ongoing high feed prices have meant that the search for new ways to decrease poultry feed costs has become more important than ever. According to the Poultry Science Association, PSA, researchers at the University of Nebraska have identified one possible approach that may be effective for laying hens – increasing the percentage of dried distiller’s grains with solubles, DDGS, used in hens diets.
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