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Layer Diseases & Health

The latest articles, analysis and information on managing layer health and preventing costly diseases, such as Newcastle, Salmonella and avian flu for laying hens from the editors of WATT PoultryUSA, Poultry International and Egg Industry magazines.


Could avian flu hit European poultry exports?

The virus has been detected for the first time in three European countries
As highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is confirmed in two more European states, there are fears that the further spread of the disease could impact exports of poultry products. The virus has been detected for the first time in three more European countries, and there are further cases in Taiwan and South Africa.
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Zoetis expands poultry portfolio with Newcastle, Marek’s vaccine

Poulvac Procerta HVT-ND provides foundation for comprehensive respiratory protection
Zoetis has further expanded its poultry vaccine portfolio with the introduction of Poulvac Procerta HVT-ND, a vectored recombinant vaccine that protects broiler chickens against Newcastle and Marek’s disease viruses.
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USDA proposes National Poultry Improvement Plan updates

Proposal would align with changes in the poultry industry, and incorporate new scientific information and technologies into NPIP
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing updates to the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) to align with changes in the poultry industry, as well as to incorporate new scientific information and technologies into the NPIP.
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How ISE America adheres to NPIP biosecurity principles

ISA America biosecurity coordinator outlines how it follows 14 biosecurity principles to prepare for an National Poultry Improvement Plan audit
Poultry and egg producers participating in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) must follow 14 basic biosecurity principles.
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4 tips for poultry farm biosecurity

Achieving good biosecurity on broiler and layer farms may sound daunting but following four simple tips can help to not only fend off major diseases, but help to protect overall flock health and performance.
Biosecurity is key to protecting broiler and layer health. Following these four simple steps can protect flocks from threats throughout the production cycle.
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CP Foods’ compartment model protects from avian flu

CP Foods was the first Thai company that applied OIE compartmentalization principles as part of a key measure to shield the country against avian influenza
Charoen Pokphand Foods’ (CP Foods) compartment model has successfully restrained avian influenza (AI), and as a result, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) will raise Thailand and CP Foods as a model to encourage control of avian influenza in the region.
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Will cage-free production always please animal activists?

With potential health issues still to come and the premium cost of cage-free eggs, I'm afraid activist and consumers will have more questions ahead
While attending the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee on September 17, industry researchers discussed potential issues to cage-free layer housing that U.S. egg producers may not have faced yet.
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