In this new issue we look at the world with a birds view. We have lined up a breakthrough in research from the Netherlands, a highly interesting symposium in Austria, a market report from India, amongst other topics.
Is it possible to breed a healthier hen? Postdoctoral researcher Tom Berghof has delved into this question to find out. He discovered that it’s possible to breed selectively on the amount of ‘natural antibodies’ (NAbs) in laying hens. More on page 6
During the trials two lines of layers were bred for six generations to see the evolution of natural antibodies. Photo: Photo: Mirian Hendriks
A report focusing on Iran, looks at the outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) in the country and how it has affected the egg market in the country. The country has lost 21 million birds to AI since 21 March 2017. This is nearly ignited a revolution in the country. More on page 27
AI outbreaks caused losses of some IRR 20 trillion ($480 million) for Iranian poultry farms, according to the Tehran’s Union of Producers of Egg-Laying Chicken. Photo: Photo: Vladislav Vorontikov
In the US the Trump administration has made a controversial decision regarding organic standards, impacting the poultry producers. The administration took the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. More on page 30.
The now withdrawn OLPP stops the use of 'porches' in organic poultry production. Photo: Jan WIllem Schouten
The demand for chicken in India is on the rise and a decrease in feed costs can be seen, this has led to poultry producers cashing in and soaring egg prices. More on page 16
An Indian labourer collects eggs at a poultry farm on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Poultry is one of the largest growing agriculture sectors in India. Photo: Noah Seelam
More topics in this issue cover nutrition, health, research and production management. And there are even more in-depth articles, which are not to be missed!