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In this edition we consider the marketing of eggs from all corners of the world and take a look at a breakthrough in technology that will result in no male chick culls. Plant extracts and broccoli are finding their place in the poultry feed industry. We take a trip to Brazil to visit Pluma and Globoaves, which both provide their eggs to the Butantan Institute, the only institute with the technology to produce flu vaccines in Latin America.

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Marketing eggs worldwide

Eggs have a good story to tell when it comes to nutritional profile, and marketing eggs offers a direct way of improving profit margins for farms. A Nuffield scholar in the UK, Jamie McIntosh, looked at different markets around the world and how they drive egg consumption.

In terms of the number of eggs eaten per capita per year, the UK hovers around the 200 mark, which compares with Australia, Canada, Denmark and Germany (all approaching 250 eggs), Japan (333), and Mexico (360). Nuffield Scholar, Jamie McIntosh, takes a closer look. Photo: Henk Riswick
In terms of the number of eggs eaten per capita per year, the UK hovers around the 200 mark, which compares with Australia, Canada, Denmark and Germany (all approaching 250 eggs), Japan (333), and Mexico (360). Nuffield Scholar, Jamie McIntosh, takes a closer look. Photo: Henk Riswick

Novel techniques make culling male layers obsolete

The killing of male layer chicks immediately after hatching has become an increasingly heated debate. Seleggt has made a breakthrough in technology. Using a prototype of their concept and with German retailer Rewe on board, they were the first to have commercially available consumption eggs on supermarket shelves, produced with no male layers hatched.

After almost a decade of research, the first eggs were sold in 2018 in 9 supermarkets in the Berlin area. Photo: Seleggt
After almost a decade of research, the first eggs were sold in 2018 in 9 supermarkets in the Berlin area. Photo: Seleggt

Plant extracts to promote healthy growth

Antibiotic growth promoters were introduced in livestock farming about 50 years ago, but now they are being phased out. Phytomolecules as an alternative to AGPs offer a viable and promising economic substitute as plant extracts have shown themselves to be beneficial in helping animals to overcome the presence of pathogens more effectively.

Eggs essential in human health protection

The basis for human vaccine manufacturing is a fertilised egg. Vaccine egg production is the speciality of companies like Pluma and Globoaves in Brazil. They both deliver their eggs to the Butantan Institute, which is the only institute with the technology to produce flu vaccines in Latin America. Poultry World went to visit.

The basis for vaccine manufacturing is a fertilised egg that has been incubated for 10-11 days. Photo: Fabian Brockötter
The basis for vaccine manufacturing is a fertilised egg that has been incubated for 10-11 days. Photo: Fabian Brockötter

The greatest ally in egg production

Egg producers are coming under pressure. They are looking for ways to help their birds to continue to lay more, ideally from less. Improving the gut health of birds in lay will enable them to absorb a greater proportion of their feed.

If an inflammatory response is underway, it is unlikely that the bird will receive its full mineral requirement, impacting eggshell structure and thus strength and quality. Photo: Shutterstock
If an inflammatory response is underway, it is unlikely that the bird will receive its full mineral requirement, impacting eggshell structure and thus strength and quality. Photo: Shutterstock

Broccoli for broilers

Broccoli can improve growth performance and meat quality while curbing the effects of harmful pathogens in broilers. As we seek alternatives to antibiotics, could broccoli be an option?

Broccoli is a nutritious vegetable rich in dietary fibres, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Photo: Jan Willem Schouten
Broccoli is a nutritious vegetable rich in dietary fibres, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Photo: Jan Willem Schouten

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Lower viral pressure thanks to VIR Check

Broiler farmers devote a lot of time to cleaning and disinfecting their poultry houses after delivering a flock. A new test, VIR Check, enables farmers to measure the results of cleaning and disinfection.

VIR Check is a tool that can be used to ascertain whether the cleaning and disinfecting process in a poultry house was successful. Photo: Bert Jansen
VIR Check is a tool that can be used to ascertain whether the cleaning and disinfecting process in a poultry house was successful. Photo: Bert Jansen

Controlling Sudden Death Syndrome via feed strategies

Sudden Death Syndrome occurs in broiler chickens of all ages and is a major source of profit loss. Smart feeding strategies can limit its incidence.

Feed restriction will reduce mortality due to Sudden Death Syndrome. Photo: Peter J.E.Roek Pentalux Photography & Video
Feed restriction will reduce mortality due to Sudden Death Syndrome. Photo: Peter J.E.Roek Pentalux Photography & Video

World Mycotoxin Report

FUM and DON mycotoxins remains high according to Biomin’s 2019 World Mycotoxin Survey, which gathered over 20,000 samples that were tested from 86 countries, giving a global overview of current mycotoxin prevalence.

A defence mechanism in host plants can result in a conjugation of sugar to the mycotoxin and so some mycotoxins are masked. Photo: Shutterstock
A defence mechanism in host plants can result in a conjugation of sugar to the mycotoxin and so some mycotoxins are masked. Photo: Shutterstock

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