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Poultry World edition 4 of 2020 is now online

In this edition we discuss the effect of the coronavirus and other issues affecting the global poultry sector. We consider the role of layer gut health in egg production, the potential of plant extracts to replace AGPs, and the fact that an increasing number of consumers are going vegan.

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Looking beyond Covid-19

Robin Horel became the president of the International Poultry Council just a few months ago. In his short time at the helm, the biggest challenge in its history has appeared. Poultry World spoke to him to discuss Covid-19 and other issues affecting the global poultry industry.

Robin Horel, president of the International Poultry Council: “One of our biggest goals for the coming year is to move our sustainability initiatives forward… We have a good story to tell consumers regarding the sustainability of our industry and we need to tell it.”
Robin Horel, president of the International Poultry Council: “One of our biggest goals for the coming year is to move our sustainability initiatives forward… We have a good story to tell consumers regarding the sustainability of our industry and we need to tell it.”

Coronavirus rumours cost India’s poultry dearly

Millions of small poultry farmers across India are reeling after poultry meat sales plummeted 80% following false claims on social media that chickens are carriers of the coronavirus. Government help is needed.

First estimates are that India’s poultry industry has been losing US$ 1.5 million a day due to lower prices since January. Photo: ANP, Manjunath Kiran
First estimates are that India’s poultry industry has been losing US$ 1.5 million a day due to lower prices since January. Photo: ANP, Manjunath Kiran

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The greatest ally in egg production

Producers across the EU are looking for more ways to improve the efficiency of their egg businesses. The number of eggs and shell quality are important, but it all starts with a healthy bird. The role of layer gut health in production is paramount.

For a hen to uptake minerals effectively, she must have a healthy gut. Between 50 and 80% of the immune system functions in some way through the gut. Photo: Shutterstock
For a hen to uptake minerals effectively, she must have a healthy gut. Between 50 and 80% of the immune system functions in some way through the gut. Photo: Shutterstock

Consistent approach to tackle Salmonella

Dutch broiler farmer, Ad Jansen, got rid of a persistent Salmonella infection by applying multiple measures, including filling cracks and seams, placing beetle strips, and consistent cleaning, disinfection and sampling. Different Salmonella strains make it a challenge.

Some Salmonella strains were easy to fight in the past, but in recent years there has been a change, especially with the emerging Infantis strain. Photo: Dick van Doorn
Some Salmonella strains were easy to fight in the past, but in recent years there has been a change, especially with the emerging Infantis strain. Photo: Dick van Doorn

Decisive action against avian influenza

In 2019, a major outbreak of low pathogenic bird flu caused enormous damage in West Flanders, Belgium. Poultry veterinarian Maarten de Gussem discusses the lessons he believes can be drawn from this outbreak – lessons also relevant for other countries.

Veterinarian Maarten de Gussem describes the aftermath of the bird flu outbreak as “a serious hangover”, which can still be felt in large parts of the Belgian poultry industry. Photo: Inge Vermeulen
Veterinarian Maarten de Gussem describes the aftermath of the bird flu outbreak as “a serious hangover”, which can still be felt in large parts of the Belgian poultry industry. Photo: Inge Vermeulen

VIR Check contributes to lower viral pressure in poultry houses

A new test enables broiler farmers to measure the results of the cleaning and disinfection of their poultry houses.

Dutch animal health service GD is debuting its VIR Check worldwide. Photo: Bert Jansen
Dutch animal health service GD is debuting its VIR Check worldwide. Photo: Bert Jansen

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Promoting growth and feed efficiency with plant extracts

Given the total ban on antibiotic growth promoters in Europe and discussion of this in other parts of the world, producers are looking for alternatives. Plant extracts have great potential.

Covid-19 disrupts poultry production chain

In this article, Poultry World reports on the significant disruptions that Covid-19 is having on poultry production chain, and demand.

Disrupted air transport has had a major impact on the distribution of poultry breeding stock. Photo: Mark Pasveer
Disrupted air transport has had a major impact on the distribution of poultry breeding stock. Photo: Mark Pasveer

Chicken buyers open to meat alternatives

There is an ever-increasing number of people worldwide who are choosing to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. In this article, Poultry World looks at the response of the poultry sector.

Consumers say they want more plant-based foods: in reality, however, fewer than 10% of buyers of each meat protein had purchased plant-based foods in the past six months. Photo: Joris Telders
Consumers say they want more plant-based foods: in reality, however, fewer than 10% of buyers of each meat protein had purchased plant-based foods in the past six months. Photo: Joris Telders

Farm-specific reduction of antimicrobial use is the future

In this research article, we look at a European project entitled ‘Ecology from farm to fork of microbial

drug resistance and transmission’, which links technical farm performance to antimicrobial use.

Farm-specific conditions and practices should be looked at for effective antibiotic reduction. Photo: Koos Groenewold
Farm-specific conditions and practices should be looked at for effective antibiotic reduction. Photo: Koos Groenewold

Column: Vaccine efficiency is key

South African poultry consultant Ken Marshall discusses vaccinations in poultry.

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