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Poultry Around the World

Mark Clements' view of the world poultry industry with a British twist.

Listening to, understanding poultry flocks

New research may allow poultry farmers to better understand what their flocks are trying to say when faced with stress.
Work being done at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has started to identify unique sounds that communicate broiler well-being. The initiative may not turn the average poultry farmer into a modern-day Dr. Dolittle, but it could, at least, allow a better understanding of what chicken vocalization may indicate and allow bird care to be adjusted accordingly.
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Free poultry processing download from Canadian university

Peer reviewed, available for free and bringing together 30 years of experiences, free downloadable book to help those in the poultry processing industry
The Science of Poultry and Meat Processing, free to download, covers various areas related to the meat processing industry, and includes topics such as automation, primary and further processing, protein gelation, use of non-meat ingredients, product evaluation, microbiology, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and byproducts.
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New Zealand antibiotic pledge to bring added benefits

Veterinary association commitment could future-proof meat, poultry exports
In what was thought to be a world first, the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) announced this year a target date of 2030 for the country to no longer need antibiotics for the maintenance of animal health and wellness.
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Thai broiler industry using forced labor?

Allegations of debt bondage, child labor and calls for government action
The Thai broiler industry has come under heavy criticism from two business relations and corporate responsibility organizations, which allege that Thai poultry companies exporting to Europe use “at worst forced labor.”
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Poultry superbug claims rejected as scaremongering

Sensationalist reporting of antibiotic resistance does nothing to protect public health
The discovery of campylobacter resistant to fluoroquinolone and tetracycline antibiotics in poultry flocks in New Zealand has led to reports of a new resistant “superbug.” The claims, however, have been swiftly rejected by the local poultry industry.
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What’s that growing in the hatchery?

The taste, alleged or otherwise, that some in the poultry industry seem to have for cannabis, just won’t go away.
The taste, alleged or otherwise, that some in the poultry industry seem to have for cannabis, just won’t go away. UK poultry farmer Eddie Lovett, from Renfrewshire, had his farm raided by the police in October after, he believes, a police helicopter detected large amounts of heat coming from his buildings.
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Starving chicks make greedy birds

A tough chickhood can influence adult behavior
Where their next meal is coming from is rarely a concern for broilers or layers on most modern poultry farms. From day-old chick to the end of the production cycle, feed is rarely in short supply.
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Chicken Treat, chicken tweet!

Tweeting Australian chicken raising QSR outlets’ profile in the most modern of ways
Engaging with customers means speaking their language, and this is exactly what Australian chicken restaurant chain Chicken Treat has been doing the past couple of weeks -- and it’s been paying dividends.
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avian flu in pigs

Does avian influenza pose a hidden new threat?

Strain circulating in US has potential to infect pigs undetected
An avian influenza strain that has been circulating in the U.S. has the potential to infect pigs, and the standard hemagglutination test used to detect flu in livestock and a vital tool in influenza surveillance, is ineffective for the H3N8 virus in the porcine host.
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Welcome to the hen hotel!

Special menus, vitamins and cuddles -- if needed
A new type of hen hotel has sprung up in the U.K.: Not those designed to cater to the bride-to-be and her entourage, but lodgings for our feathered friends.
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