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Poultry Nutrition

Controlling urolithiasis in growing pullets

Urinary stones can develop in fast-growing pullets that receive pre-lay diets rich in calcium, in excess of their needs, to increase their reserves for oncoming egg production.
Urolithiasis in growing pullets can be caused by a metabolic disorder related to kidney dysfunction and during the early laying period. This problem often is associated with elevated calcium levels in pre-lay feed, along with an associated imbalance of dietary electrolytes (sodium, chlorine and potassium).
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Neogen reports record-high revenues, net income in 2013

Revenues jump 13 percent; net income up 21 percent with growth in Food, Animal Safety divisions
Neogen reported on July 24 that both revenues and net income for the 2013 fiscal year established new all-time highs for the 31-year-old maker of food and animal safety products. Net income for its 2013 fiscal year, which ended May 31, increased 21 percent from the previous year to $27.19 million. 
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Poultry research company names chief technology officer

Christine Daugherty brings technological, legal knowledge to Cobb-Vantress
Dr. Christine Daugherty has been appointed chief technology officer for Cobb-Vantress, Inc. In her new role, she will lead a cross-functional team responsible for establishing external research strategies and collaborations with academic institutions and other research partners.
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New research tests enzyme additives in poultry feed to improve digestibility

Better feed efficiency also means fewer environmental concerns from chicken litter, researcher says
Dr. Jason Lee compares the enzyme additives he's testing in chicken broiler feed to the probiotics now commonly added to human food, such as yogurt. Like probiotics, the enzymes he's testing improve digestibility of the food the chicken eats, acting within the gut, said Lee, who is a poultry scientist with Texas A&M AgriLife Research at College Station.
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Future of growth promoters in poultry production discussed at Alltech Symposium

Poultry industry needs to educate the public on vaccination, antibiotics as growth promoters
A seminar dedicated to what the poultry industry can expect from antibiotics as growth promoters was one of the outstanding sessions presented on May 20 during the Alltech Symposium. At least 12 speakers from the U.S., United Kingdom and Brazil gave their vision of what to expect in poultry production, particularly broilers, until the end of the decade with antibiotic-free production at the Alltech Symposium.
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Poultry medicine residency offered at Purdue University

Program provides training in all major areas of poultry medicine practice
Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine now offers a fully endowed teaching program in poultry medicine. The program supports one or more graduate students in a training and residency program in the college's Department of Comparative Pathobiology.
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Brussels Soy Declaration calls for more non-genetically modified soy

European group of retailers support expanded non-genetically modified soy production
A group of major retailers from five European countries have released the Brussels Soy Declaration, in which they pledge to support the non-genetically modified soy production system in operation in Brazil. The Brussels Soy Declaration emphasizes that retailers see animal feed as the main route by which genetically modified soy gets into the food chain.
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Ground broken on Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters

Facility is expected to be finished in August
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and other regional officials on May 6 commemorated the start of construction on the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network headquarters in North Hall. "This is just another step in shoring up the importance of poultry to our state," said Deal at the groundbreaking ceremony.
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Ceva uses creative thinking in new approach to industrial innovation

Company invites key industrial partners to take part in innovation day
Most of the time, innovation in the bio-pharmaceutical field is associated with the scientific research and development teams. But having the latest technology vaccines is of little value if you cannot produce them efficiently, on time and to the highest quality standards. 
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