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The 1st edition of Poultry World 2020 is now online

In this edition we discuss the current situation in Brazil’s poultry industry with ABPA CEO Ricardo Santin. We explore factors that need to be considered in the case of vaccination failure, and introduce an innovative concept of a floating egg farm. Poultry World goes to the US to visit a pheasant farm, and to South Africa to learn about the country’s master poultry plan. Polish researchers discuss feather sampling to determine a bird’s exposure to antibiotics.

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Poultry World met with Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) CEO Ricardo Santin ahead of the 11th BRICS meeting in Brazil to talk about the current situation in the country’s poultry industry.

The ABPA is actively promoting the concept of ‘Brazilian chicken’ to the world while emphasising the high quality of Brazilian chicken meat. Photo: Fabian Brockotter
The ABPA is actively promoting the concept of ‘Brazilian chicken’ to the world while emphasising the high quality of Brazilian chicken meat. Photo: Fabian Brockotter

Sometimes vaccination failure occurs when chickens do not develop adequate antibody titre levels or when the flock is susceptible to a field disease outbreak following the administration of a vaccine. The quality of the vaccine is often blamed, but there are other factors that must be evaluated.

Various factors need to be considered when vaccine failure occurs. Feed quality is one factor that is often overlooked. Photo: Jan Willem Schouten
Various factors need to be considered when vaccine failure occurs. Feed quality is one factor that is often overlooked. Photo: Jan Willem Schouten

Land is becoming scarce, but innovation platform Kip van Oranje and Floating Farms saw an opportunity. The harbour in the Dutch city of Rotterdam is home to the Floating Egg Farm, a layer farm on a barge.

2 years ago, Floating Farm built a concrete 3-deck barge for a dairy farm, which is now in full operation. Plans have been forged for a layer farm to exist on a second barge next to the dairy farm. Photo: Fabian Brockotter
2 years ago, Floating Farm built a concrete 3-deck barge for a dairy farm, which is now in full operation. Plans have been forged for a layer farm to exist on a second barge next to the dairy farm. Photo: Fabian Brockotter

Pheasant hunting is big business in the US, and the meat has also become very popular with North American consumers. Based in Wisconsin, USA, MacFarlane Pheasants has been producing these birds since 1929.

MacFarlane Pheasants is the largest pheasant farm in North America and will hatch almost 2 million pheasants and 250,000 partridges this year. Photo: Picasa
MacFarlane Pheasants is the largest pheasant farm in North America and will hatch almost 2 million pheasants and 250,000 partridges this year. Photo: Picasa

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With the move toward antibiotic reduction in agriculture, it is becoming increasingly important to promote gut health and target disease challenges in alternative ways. Maintaining good gut health will minimise disruption to production caused by diseases.

The key to good health is microbiome diversity. Photo: Mark Pasveer
The key to good health is microbiome diversity. Photo: Mark Pasveer

Aviagen is expanding as the company establishes new grandparent stock farms and a hatchery in Brazil, as well as recently having purchased a controlling ownership of distributors in Peru and Columbia. Poultry World interviews president of Aviagen Latin America, Ivan Pupo Lauandos, who reflects on an interesting year.

“Brazil is truly competitive because the country meets all the conditions necessary to be a major player globally in animal protein production,” says Ivan Pupo Lauandos. Photo: Aviagen
“Brazil is truly competitive because the country meets all the conditions necessary to be a major player globally in animal protein production,” says Ivan Pupo Lauandos. Photo: Aviagen

South Africa produces chicken at the 6th lowest price per kilo in the world. A new poultry sector masterplan aims to stimulate local demand, boost exports and protect the local chicken industry.

Researchers at a Polish veterinary research institute evaluated the analysis of feathers as a non-invasive alternative to tissue sampling for the surveillance of doxycycline use on poultry farms.

In this edition’s column, Alan Beynon, managing director at Poultry Sense, looks at the importance of flock uniformity.

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