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Poultry Nutrition & Formulation

Amlan showcases natural solutions to enhance poultry productivity

At the recent Aviespecialistas de México (AVEM) International Congress 2019, Amlan International presented trial results from a commercial layer producer’s implementation of an Amlan feed additive program that increased production and resulted in a return on investment of 4 to 1.
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ESPN 2019: Poultry nutrition for the world

To be held in Poland, Europe's largest poultry-producing country, the conference offers top-notch practical knowledge for the poultry nutritionist.
The 22nd European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN 2019) will be held in Gdansk, Poland, June 10-13. This biennial event combines science and practice, so sessions are organized in that way.
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7 cage-free layer nutrition issues that require attention

We must adjust our thinking on feeding hens housed in cage-free systems to allow for their increased movement, social interaction and exposure to environmental hazards.
Cage free does not necessarily mean free-range layers. Hens are still kept in-house on floors with bedding material or in open aviaries (multi-storied cages with open access).
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First hemp-based animal feed approvals expected in 2019

With eminent approval for dogs and cats, advocates say five new feed ingredients are in the works
Dogs and cats could — legally — enjoy their own hemp-based edibles by the end of 2019, hemp advocates say; and feed ingredients for seven additional species are in the works. But industry leaders worry hemp producers aren’t prepared for the potential surge in demand.
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3 ways algae can improve egg quality

Algae in layer diets can have better health benefits for people, it can contribute to better yolk pigments, and it can improve egg output by hens
The use of algae in layer diets can help improve egg quality in several ways: it can produce eggs that have better health benefits for people, it can contribute to better yolk pigments, and it can improve egg output by hens.
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Hen dietary considerations for improving egg quality

The amount of saleable egg produced per hen becomes even more important as cycle lengths increase along with a move toward cage free.
Egg quality declines naturally at the end of a laying cycle as egg size increases. Profitability of keeping hens longer requires nutritional support for egg quality. Diet formulation can influence the size and number of eggs laid. Calcium availability is key to shell strength but trace elements pay a key role in structural development.
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Salmonella

'Super shedders' responsible for most Salmonella infections

Researchers propose a new management paradigm for identifying, treating bacteria super shedding broilers while reducing antibiotic usage.
Salmonella control on poultry farms is a combination of good management practices and accurate feeding, but new evidence supports that, even with the same genetics, some birds are super shedders and thus, contribute to most of the infections.
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