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Watch the latest poultry farming and animal feed production videos from the editors of WATTPoultryUSA, Poultry International, Industria Avicola, Egg Industry and Feed Strategy magazines. Video topics include, poultry, dairy and pig health and nutrition, poultry production practices, animal welfare, livestock research and disease prevention.

Animal Feed Production

Big Dutchman

  • General Husbandry
    Watch this video to see an example of how moving through the house can establish proper bird movement. | Courtesy Big Dutchman
  • Lighting
    Lighting can be an important part of bird management. This video shows an example. | Courtesy Big Dutchman
  • Minimizing stress when moving to the layer house
    Watch how placing similar equipement in the layer house and the pullet house can ease the stress of the transition. | Courtesy Big Dutchman
  • Pullet house matching the layer house
    See an example of how a rearing house should compare with a layer house. | Courtesy Big Dutchman
  • Rearing phase is foundational
    Learn about the importance of the rearing phase in the success of a cage-free flock in this video. | Courtesy Big Dutchman.
  • Start right
    This video demonstrates how the health and performance of a mature flock can be influenced by the rearing stage. | Courtesy Big Dutchman

IPPE

  • Why outcome-based welfare standards work well for broilers
    Broilers are the best opportunity for outcome-based welfare standards because so many measures can be taken at the plant unlike with the egg industry, comments Dr. Joy Mench, professor emeritus, animal science department, University of California at Davis at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel.
  • How to manage broiler welfare in catching, processing
    Broiler catchers at Wayne Farms go through animal welfare training, which is an ongoing process to ensure birds are not injured in any part of the production process, comments Jim Shephard, director of live production, Wayne Farms at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel.
  • How sunlight versus artificial light impacts bird welfare
    With LED lighting, broiler growers and producers should be able to simulate the full spectrum, which is important for birds because they see in a different spectrum than humans, comments Dr. Joy Mench, professor emeritus, animal science department, University of California at Davis at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel.
  • Accurately measuring broiler gate scoring
    It's important to understand what the objective for gate scoring is and that researchers versus breeders are looking for different objectives, comments Dr. Stephanie Torrey, senior research scientist, animal biosciences, University of Guelph at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel.
  • Understanding broiler natural behavior
    Producers need to think about the natural cycle of broiler behavior, such as the reasons a bird may not be perching as well as the effect of natural light, comments Dr. Joy Mench, professor emeritus, animal science department, University of California at Davis at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel.
  • What are the benefits of enrichments in broiler houses?
    Enrichments, such as hay bales and ropes on feeders do increase bird activity. However, these animal welfare decisions need to be based on science comments, Jim Shephard, director of live production, Wayne Farms at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel.
  • Balancing broiler welfare, judicious use of antimicrobials
    There's a time and place when antibiotics are necessary to treat sick broilers, comments, Dr. Suzanne Dougherty, executive vice president, American Association of Avian Pathologists and consulting veterinarian, Pecking Around Consulting at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel. It can be a conflict of interest if a flock, for example, has necrotic enteritis and antibiotics are not used when needed.
  • How to compare broiler natural behavior versus other breeds
    Scientists are studying the outcome of broiler behavior. For example, if the bird is more active does it have better leg strength? Comments, Dr. Stephanie Torrey, senior research scientist, animal biosciences, University of Guelph and Dr. Joy Mench, professor emeritus, animal science department, University of California at Davis at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel.
  • Wayne Farms: accountability key to broiler welfare
    You have to listen to all sides, because it's not all about profits. Every employee from the top down must have a passion for animal welfare, continuous improvement and, as a team, we all are held accountable comments, Jim Shephard, director of live production, Wayne Farms at the 2018 IPPE Broiler Welfare Panel.
  • Lessons learned: how Perdue Farms became antibiotic-free
    Some antibiotic growth promoter replacements look great in models, but don't always work well in the field. Good poultry farm management is more important than anything we can put in the feed, comments Dr. Randy Mitchell, vice president-technical services, Perdue Farms at the 2018 IPPE Feed Strategy Roundtable.
  • what are the limitations of phytogenic feed additives?
    Phytogenic feed additives are extracted from multiple plants and the industry needs to study how each and every compounds works. Finding the right combinations for feed formulations is key to making them work, says Dr. Raj Murugesan, technical director at Biomin at the 2018 IPPE Feed Strategy Roundtable.
  • Do antibiotic alternatives improve poultry performance?
    A healthy intestinal track has optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients, which helps birds reach their genetic potential. Antibiotics or replacements do improve health maintenance, comments Dr. Randy Mitchell, vice president-technical services, Perdue Farms at the 2018 IPPE Feed Strategy Roundtable.
  • What benefits do non-antibiotic growth promoters offer?
    Non-antibiotic growth promoters may never fully replace therapeutic antibiotic treatments if a poultry flock is diagnosed with a clinical disease, comments Dr. Randy Mitchell, vice president-technical services, Perdue Farms at the 2018 IPPE Feed Strategy Roundtable.
  • Alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters work together
    Poultry producers are looking to replace antibiotic growth promoters with alternatives that have more than just antimicrobial properties to close loopholes in their feeding strategies, comments, Dr. Maarten De Gussem, poultry nutrition consultant & director, Vetworks, at the 2018 IPPE Feed Strategy Roundtable.
  • Perdue Farms: raising chickens without antibiotics
    Raising antibiotic-free chickens requires finding the right feeding strategies and control of coccidiosis and other poultry diseases, comments Dr. Randy Mitchell, vice president-technical services, Perdue Farms at the 2018 IPPE Feed Strategy Roundtable.
  • How automation is changing the poultry industry
    Robots are the future and the present. The meat and poultry industry are using more robotic technology to increase efficiencies and well as address labor issues and challenges, says Craig Souser, president/CEO of JLS Automation at the 2018 IPPE.
  • Improving salmonella detection in animal feed
    Biomapping looks for indicator organisms that behave and perform like pathogens to test quantitative interventions and from that deduce if salmonella were in an animal feed sample this intervention would work, says Dr. Steve Ricke of the University of Arkansas and Richard Sellers, senior vice president of public policy and education for AFIA at the 2018 IPPE.
  • How the NPIP protects the US poultry industry
    The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) recently instituted a new biosecurity principles program with USPOULTRY for growers and producers to help farms implement their own biosecurity programs, says Dr. Denise Brinson, Senior Coordinator, National Poultry Improvement Plan at the 2018 IPPE.
  • Perdue Farms benefits from no antibiotics in poultry diets
    While there are many technical challenges to removing all antibiotics from poultry diets, says Dr. Randy Mitchell, vice president of technical services at Perdue Farms at the 2018 IPPE. It's important the producers have the information they need to care for their flocks and understand the initiatives.
  • Will US broiler producers be profitable in 2018?
    Even though there is a massive amount of beef, chicken and pork, the economy is growing fast enough to absorb the excess "” which is good news for U.S. broiler producers, comments, Paul Aho, poultry economist and consultant at 2018 IPPE.
  • Raising broilers effectively with a restrictive diet
    Producers and growers feed broilers incredibly nutritious diets ad libitum and genetically they are selected to go to market in four weeks, says Dr. Michael Kogut, Lead Scientist at the USDA at the 2018 IPPE. We should be able to manipulate the ability to feed, which could eliminate gut inflammation issues.
  • Does broiler gut inflammation play a role in woody breast?
    Dr. Michael Kogut, Lead Scientist at the USDA presents a hypothesis that during the development of woody breast there is an issue at the gut level at the 2018 IPPE. While it's not the main reason, there is a dysbiosis occurring at the gut usually due to overfeeding.
  • 2017 Women in Production and Processing Leadership Network Event Highlights
    The 2017 Women in Production and Processing Leadership Network event featured keynote speaker, Butterball VP, Alice Johnson, DVM, and connected women for leadership development and networking in the unique environment of animal production and processing.
  • Will Trump's policies help or hurt American feed industry?
    The animal feed and production industries have new opportunities under the Trump administration and we also have challenges where we will have to do more work, comments Joel Newman, president/CEO of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) at the 2017 IPPE. We are 110 percent behind FSMA and are addressing areas to make the implementation more practical and still accomplish what the legislature intended.
  • Will antibiotic-free poultry impact US chicken exports?
    Poultry producers moving to antibiotic-free production shouldn't experience a negative impact on exporting leg quarters, comments poultry economist and consultant Paul Aho at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
  • How a chicken woody breast inline grader works
    Detecting woody breast in chicken fillets is becoming fast and accurate. The woody breast inline grader system uses a multitude of light spectrum to classify the chemical composition of each chicken fillet, which then assigns a grade from 0 to 3 (being the most severe) based on U.S. poultry industry standards, says Thorsten Niermeyer, business unit manager at Tomra Sorting, at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
  • Poultry nutritional strategies to reduce woody breast
    "Reducing woody breast in high-yielding broilers using nutritional or management strategies currently is being researched and is also producing more favorable breast meat, said Rob Shirley, poultry technical services at Adisseo and Christine Alvarado, associate professor of poultry processing and products at Texas A&M University. WATTAgNet interviewed Shirley and Alvarado at the 2017 IPPE."
  • How the Trump administration may impact FSMA
    With the Trump administration's recent decision to rollback two regulations for every new regulation, Richard Sellers, senior vice president of public policy and education at the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), commented at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) that the industry hopes to negotiate better rules that are less costly for producers while maintaining feed safety.
  • How AFIA will work Trump administration to promote feed
    Since President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the animal feed industry is looking to maintain its interests in the Asia-Pacific region and ensure U.S. trade policies broaden the scope and advantages in the area, says Gina Tumbarello, director of international policy and trade at the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).
  • How poultry producers can secure the future of agriculture
    Animal rights groups are focusing efforts from cage-free egg adoption to slower growing broilers by capitalizing on national retailers' disconnection from agriculture, says Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications of Animal Agriculture Alliance at the 2017 IPPE. Now is the time for producers to connect with their supply chain to combat misinformation and take the mystery out of poultry production.
  • Poultry labeling regulations: what producers need to know
    See why updated USDA meat and poultry labeling regulations are changing how producers are raising chickens. According to Debbie Nece, regulatory affairs director, Cargill, at the 2017 IPPE, these new regulations require producers to verify animal raising claims, such as antibiotic free, which involves more farm audits and documentation from the hatchery to finished flocks.
  • Controlling mortality in antibiotic-free production
    The panel of veterinarians share their thoughts on using curative antibiotics on birds raised in antibiotic-free flocks during a panel discussion at IPPE 2016 presented by WATTAgNet.com and sponsored by Du Pont..
  • Do consumers care about medically important antibiotics?
    Veterinarians for Perdue Farms and Pilgrim's Pride say consumers are concerned with the presence of antibiotics in poultry production, not the type used during a panel discussion at IPPE 2016 presented by WATTAgNet.com and sponsored by Du Pont.
  • Does the poultry industry need more veterinarians?
    Dr. Brian Wooming, a veterinarian for Cargill Turkey Products, says adding more technology can improve the efficiency of a veterinary operation during a panel discussion at IPPE 2016 presented by WATTAgNet.com and sponsored by Du Pont.
  • How can growers be more successful in ABF programs?
    Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, a veterinarian for Perdue Farms, says some growers will struggle with the transition to antibiotic-free productionduring a panel discussion at IPPE 2016 presented by WATTAgNet.com and sponsored by Du Pont.
  • What works for ABF production at the farm level?
    Dr. Brian Wooming, a veterinarian for Cargill Turkey Products, shares his company's methods for maintaining antibiotic-free flocks during a panel discussion at IPPE 2016 presented by WATTAgNet.com and sponsored by Du Pont.
  • Which non-antibiotic alternatives have shown promise?
    Veterinarians for Perdue Farms and Pilgrim's Pride say finding a replacement for growth-promoting antibiotics won't be easy during a panel discussion at IPPE 2016 presented by WATTAgNet.com and sponsored by Du Pont..
  • Where do ionophores fit in antibiotic-free production?
    Veterinarians for Pilgrim's Pride and Perdue Farms say the use of ionophores is likely to be phased out as part of antibiotic-free production.
  • Judicious use of antibiotics by the poultry industry
    The impact of consumer demand for antibiotic-free poultry was discussed during IPPE 2016 by Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, vice president of food safety and quality, Perdue Farms, Dr. Brian Wooming, senior staff veterinarian, Cargill Turkey Products, Dr. Jeff Courtney, director of veterinary services for Pilgrim's Pride and Dr. Alastair Thomas, DFM business manager, DuPont Animal Nutrition presented by WATT Global Media and sponsored by DuPont Animal Nutrition.
  • Bell & Evans announces humane chick hatchery for US
    Scott Sechler, Sr., president of Bell & Evans, and Joost Ter Heerdt, commercial director of HatchTech, discuss the first humane animal welfare chick hatchery in the US at the 2016 IPPE that provides the newly hatched chicks with food, water, air and light immediately after hatching "” currently unheard of in the US poultry industry, according to Sechler.
  • AB Vista offers new series of educational videos
    Richard Cooper, managing director of AB Vista, says the company's new web site offers multiple educational videos to help the industry make better use of phytase. The videos can be found at www.abvista.com
  • More poultry export markets opening to US producers
    Because of the avian influenza outbreak of 2015, many exports markets closed for US poultry producers. When those markets close down the US has more leg quarters than it needs and the price goes down and increases the breakeven market for breast meat. We are hoping the restrictions aren't any worse than last year, and in the next 18 months, the markets will continue to open for US chicken, according to Poultry Economist, Dr, Paul Aho at the 2016 IPPE show.
  • US broiler industry needs to balance supply in 2016
    US Broiler production is increasing at a slower rate in 2016, but the industry may still be in a slightly oversupply situation. Avian influenza seems to be milder this year but export market reactions significantly impact profits, says Poultry Economist, Dr. Paul Aho at the 2016 IPPE show.
  • 3 critical areas affecting poultry profitability in 2016
    The reemergence of avian influenza, corn and soy prices and export markets are directly affecting the profitability of the poultry industry. Mike Donahue, vice president of Agri Stats, discusses at 2016 IPPE the critical areas producers should watch and what could potentially challenge the industry's profit margins in 2016.

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