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MOU signed to support growth in global egg, poultry industries

Organizations seek to strengthen relationship and support continued growth in the egg and poultry industries

The International Egg Commission (IEC) and International Poultry Council (IPC) have signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their longstanding relationship and support continued growth in the egg and poultry industries.

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Even Moses knew about biosecurity

Basic biosecurity principles have been the same for centuries, but there are still opportunities for improvement, Wayne Farms veterinarian says

Dr. Joel Cline, corporate veterinarian for Wayne Farms, says the basic principles of biosecurity in the poultry industry have not changed in decades.

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avian influenza

Spike in avian flu cases among poultry in western Asia

In Iran and Kuwait, there has been a sudden surge in reports of new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry flocks. Also registering new cases are Japan, Nepal and Taiwan.

Since highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) returned to Iran in December 2020, the number of confirmed outbreaks has reached 54.

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Avian flu-related losses mount in Nigeria

In Nigeria, losses of poultry linked to highly pathogenic avian influenza now stand at around 750,000 birds since the first cases in January of this year.

In order to control the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), 329,556 chickens have been culled by Nigerian authorities at 62 premises.

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USAID consortium to improve animal, human health formed

Five-year animal agriculture program will increase capacity of farmers, governments and other stakeholders to prevent and quickly respond to growing human health security risks

The  United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has tapped a consortium led by Cargill and including Ausvet, Heifer International, and the International Poultry Council (IPC) to improve livestock management and combat the threat of zoonotic diseases to both human and animal health. 

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Solutions for reducing Newcastle Disease in your flock

A collection of strategies for reducing, controlling Newcastle Disease virus from the hatchery to production. Sponsored by Ceva Santé Animale.
A collection of strategies for reducing, controlling Newcastle Disease virus from the hatchery to production. Sponsored by Ceva Santé Animale.
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Judge won’t drop activists’ avian flu suit against USDA

Groups sued federal agency after a Humane Society of the United States proposal to incentivize poultry producers to reduce flock density as a means to prevent avian flu is denied

A federal judge refused to drop a lawsuit filed on behalf of three animal rights groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its administrators related to allegations that the agency neglected to properly act to prevent the spread avian influenza.

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6 reasons for starve-outs and yolk infections in chicks

Veterinarian shares views on ways production methods lead to starve-outs and yolk infections during the first week of a chick's life
Starve-outs and yolk infections of chicks during the first week continue to be of moderate importance, indicating there is still work to be done in breeder hatch egg sanitation, hatchery and brooding management.
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Don’t let antibiotic reduction be your primary goal

Reduction is a part of stewardship, but there will be circumstances when administering less will not be what’s the best thing for the turkeys or chickens
While reducing antibiotic use on is often perceived as a key component of antibiotic stewardship, Dr. Randall Singer, professor with the University of Minnesota Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, cautions veterinarians and poultry producers to not make it their primary goal.
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