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Poultry World edition 5 of 2020 is now online

In this edition we interview the CEO of Alltech, Dr Mark Lyons, who sees opportunity in the agriculture space. We learn more about dwarf female birds from an experienced young Dutch poultry farmer, and we unpack ways to keep hatcheries – both the birds and the workers – safe during the Covid pandemic. We also shine a light on the improved performance of birds reared under adequate periods of darkness.

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Poultry World interviews Alltech CEO, Dr Mark Lyons

Dr Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech, shares his ever-evolving thoughts on the future of agriculture. In a time of worldwide disruption where many challenges exist, he sees opportunities. “There is so much to discover, millions of ideas to chase and apply and, last but not least, stories to tell which show that plants, animals and people can thrive,” he says.

Dr Mark Lyons: “With upcoming new technologies, improved farm management practices and the ingenuity of mankind, a world of abundance could be ours.” Photo: Alltech
Dr Mark Lyons: “With upcoming new technologies, improved farm management practices and the ingenuity of mankind, a world of abundance could be ours.” Photo: Alltech

Iran: Politics hinders poultry sector

Iranian poultry farmers could boost exports to half a million tonnes annually. National politics and sanctions, however, remain insuperable obstacles.

In Iran, only the oil industry has a higher turnover and importance to the national economy than the poultry industry, according to Dr Majid Movafegh Ghadirlyboard member of the Iran National Poultry Association. Photo: Vladislav Vorotnikov
In Iran, only the oil industry has a higher turnover and importance to the national economy than the poultry industry, according to Dr Majid Movafegh Ghadirlyboard member of the Iran National Poultry Association. Photo: Vladislav Vorotnikov

Reducing antibiotics with a 4-phase farm management blueprint

Reducing antimicrobials from poultry production requires good farm practices, protocols and environmental conditions. We unpack a phase-by-phase farm management blueprint for removing antimicrobials without compromising performance or profitability.

In the poultry house, ensure any cracks in the floor have been filled with a hygiene aid, and add a layer of pine wood shavings. Photo: Trouw Nutrition
In the poultry house, ensure any cracks in the floor have been filled with a hygiene aid, and add a layer of pine wood shavings. Photo: Trouw Nutrition

Young poultry farmer, dwarf parent stock

In this farm report we visit a farm in the Netherlands where a passionate 22-year-old poultry farmer has gained considerable experience with Hubbard JA57 and JA87 dwarf female birds. Laying nest occupancy is a focal point, he says.

The brown dwarf females resemble regular layers. Photo: Henk Riswick
The brown dwarf females resemble regular layers. Photo: Henk Riswick

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Improved phytase efficacy unlocks potential

To meet the growing global demand for chickens, broiler production has been continuously expanding. Phytases are used in broiler feeds to increase amino acids and phosphorous availability, thereby improving growth performance. In this article we address the question: Can phytases keep up with the continuous demand for increasingly sustainable and cost-effective broiler production?

Phytases are continuously evolving to bring more value to broiler feed formulations. Photo: DuPont
Phytases are continuously evolving to bring more value to broiler feed formulations. Photo: DuPont

Keeping hatcheries safe during Covid-19

Extra preventative measures are required to safeguard hatchery workers during Covid-19. This is to protect the workers and the business, as well as the vital role of hatcheries in the food supply chain. We look at the basis of best-practice hygiene to protect hatchery workers.

To ensure continuity of management, key managers should be rotated on a 2-week onsite and 2-week offsite basis. Photo: Michel Velderman
To ensure continuity of management, key managers should be rotated on a 2-week onsite and 2-week offsite basis. Photo: Michel Velderman

Producing broilers under quota regulations

In this farm report we go to Ontario, Canada, where Prinzen Poultry Farm believes that investing time and money at the start goes a long way to ensure broilers have a good first 10 days of life.

In 2019, a new barn was built, expanding production to 445,000 birds per year. Photo: Prinzen
In 2019, a new barn was built, expanding production to 445,000 birds per year. Photo: Prinzen

Six nutritional considerations when feeding DDGS to layers

DDGS is an excellent feedstuff at inclusion rates of 3-5% for pullets and up to 15% for layers. Nutritional composition and quality differ substantially between sources of DDGS. There are many aspects to consider.

The conditions during the drying process have a huge impact on amino acid digestibility. Photo: Peter Junghinel
The conditions during the drying process have a huge impact on amino acid digestibility. Photo: Peter Junghinel

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Lighting considerations for commercial broilers

Poultry World speaks to Cobb broiler specialist Brendan Graaf to learn more about how to improve lighting conditions in commercial broiler operations.

It was once believed that broilers subject to continuous or almost continuous light would maximise their growth performance. However, broilers reared under an adequate period of darkness often perform better. Photo: Ronald Hissink
It was once believed that broilers subject to continuous or almost continuous light would maximise their growth performance. However, broilers reared under an adequate period of darkness often perform better. Photo: Ronald Hissink

Native birds as a valuable genetic resource

There is great potential in the gene pool of native birds, according to Italian researchers.

The conservation of indigenous animal breeds is seen as vital to maintaining local genetic resources and biodiversity. Photo: Peter J.E. Roek
The conservation of indigenous animal breeds is seen as vital to maintaining local genetic resources and biodiversity. Photo: Peter J.E. Roek

US/UK antibiotic use in poultry examined

In this research article we consider if trade will be affected considering antibiotic use in turkeys in the US is about nine times as high as use in UK birds, while US chickens are given twice as much antibiotics as in the UK.

DNA insights set to help poultry producers in developing countries

An international study has made some key discoveries about parts of the chicken genetic code derived from viruses.

Scientists analysed Avian Leukosis Virus subgroup E infections in the genetic code of more than 400 chickens from villages in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Iraq – 850 types were previously unseen. Photo: Peter J.E. Roek
Scientists analysed Avian Leukosis Virus subgroup E infections in the genetic code of more than 400 chickens from villages in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Iraq – 850 types were previously unseen. Photo: Peter J.E. Roek

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