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Poultry World edition 8 of 2020 is now online

In this edition of Poultry World, we discuss how a hen’s plumage affects her wellbeing and performance, and how longer feeders lead to better plumage. Poultry World travels to Poland where the poultry industry is ready to regain its position on the global market, and to Belgian to a unique location for a poultry farm – an airbase.

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Polish poultry industry is ready to grow again

Following a devastating blow over the past 6 months due to the AP pandemic and then Covid-19, the Polish poultry industry is on the road to recovery. Companies are ready to regain their position on the global market, and plan to expand into Africa and Asia. However, obstacles remain.

Polish poultry producers ended 2019 on a high, but 2020 brought with it a major setback for the industry. Photo: Vladislav Vorotnikov
Polish poultry producers ended 2019 on a high, but 2020 brought with it a major setback for the industry. Photo: Vladislav Vorotnikov

Biosecurity by military design

A Belgian broiler farm is in a unique location – on an airbase. Should the farmer wish to expand, he would need a municipal permit as well as permission from NATO.

There are no unexpected or unannounced visitors to the farm and thus the Ministry of Defence ensures elementary biosecurity. Photo: Eric Delanghe
There are no unexpected or unannounced visitors to the farm and thus the Ministry of Defence ensures elementary biosecurity. Photo: Eric Delanghe

Longer feeders lead to better plumage

A hen’s plumage plays a big role in her internal thermal insulation. Hens that are 50% bald consume almost 20% more feed compared to laying hens with intact plumage. For breeder hens, poor plumage leads to reduced fertilisation.

Good plumage contributes to better animal welfare and reproduction. Photo: Wageningen Livestock Research
Good plumage contributes to better animal welfare and reproduction. Photo: Wageningen Livestock Research

Improving male management with male restaurant feeding designs

In this article, Poultry World looks into 2 male restaurant feeding designs.

A male restaurant is composed of a fixed pen in the middle or at the end of the production house. Illustration: Cobb
A male restaurant is composed of a fixed pen in the middle or at the end of the production house. Illustration: Cobb

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Early feeding, feed quality and safety in AMR management

Important factors to note to reduce antibiotics in broilers are early feeding, feed quality, physical structure and safety.

Broilers that consume a sufficient amount of high-quality feed during the first days of life are better prepared for high feed intake later in life. Photo: Trouw
Broilers that consume a sufficient amount of high-quality feed during the first days of life are better prepared for high feed intake later in life. Photo: Trouw

Backyard producers transmit bird flu

In Vietnam it was found that backyard produces quicky sold their birds as a response to viral outbreaks of bird flu to avoid financial losses. Could small-scale farmers be increasing the risk of transmission?

Millions of households in southeast Asia run small-scale poultry operations. Photo: ANP/Evelyne Jacq
Millions of households in southeast Asia run small-scale poultry operations. Photo: ANP/Evelyne Jacq

Improving yellow skin pigmentation in broilers fed AGP-free diets

Skin pigmentation is widely considered as an indicator or a bird’s health, and meat quality, and so failing to achieve adequate levels of yellow pigmentation can result in lower value end products.

A trial set out to evaluate the effectiveness of a gut-improving feed additive in supporting yellow-skin pigmentation in broilers. Photo: Trouw
A trial set out to evaluate the effectiveness of a gut-improving feed additive in supporting yellow-skin pigmentation in broilers. Photo: Trouw

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Bioprotein production is perking up in Russia

Russia may overcome a shortage of protein on its domestic feed market thanks to several independent projects working on bioprotein production, which could give bioprotein production in te country a second chance.

Just 1 tonne of bioprotein could balance 20 tonnes of feed. Photo: Glazovsky Feed Mill
Just 1 tonne of bioprotein could balance 20 tonnes of feed. Photo: Glazovsky Feed Mill

Early feeding of ducklings well founded

Early feeding refers to giving food and drink to ducks as soon as they hatch. In this article, Poultry World looks into the benefits for both the animals and the breeders.

At Grimaud Freres, Pekin ducks are fed immediately after hatching and do not leave for the farm until the next day. Photo: Hans Prinsen
At Grimaud Freres, Pekin ducks are fed immediately after hatching and do not leave for the farm until the next day. Photo: Hans Prinsen

COVID-19 disrupts Bangladesh’s poultry sector

Bangladesh has experienced a 12-year low in poultry prices, which has only partially recovered. A turbulent remainder of the year is expected.

The current situation in Bangladesh is seriously undermining the livelihoods of millions of backyard poultry farmers. Photo: ANP/G.M.B. Akash
The current situation in Bangladesh is seriously undermining the livelihoods of millions of backyard poultry farmers. Photo: ANP/G.M.B. Akash

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Precision feeding for improved performance

New feeding systems aim to feed birds individually according to body weight and target body weight. This, together with novel feed additives, is improving the feed efficiency of broilers.

Functional oils as alternative growth promoters in turkeys

Functional oils may offer a viable alternative to antibiotics. Research evaluated the effect of functional oils on growth, as well as carcass and meat characteristics, and intestinal morphology of commercial turkey toms.

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