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Poultry World edition 5 of 2021 now online

In this 5th edition of Poultry World, Canadian Jon Krahn shares his experience one year into the Young Egg Leader programme, an initiative designed to teach future industry leaders about the different ways to farm eggs. Then, a visit to CP Foods’ first-ever Thai cage-free certified Wang Somboon farm, and a look into a toolkit of protocols to help overcome some of the challenges in maintaining effective biosecurity practises.

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Learning about different ways to farm eggs

Every year the International Egg Commission welcomes 6-8 new participants into its Young Egg Leader programme. During this leader development initiative, participants benefit from industry presentations, leadership seminars and roundtable discussions. Canadian Jon Krahn was selected and one year into the programme he shares his experience with Poultry World.

In 1996, the Krahn family started Paragon Feeds which markets conventional and organic feed for broilers, pullets, layers and turkeys. Photo: Krahn Family
In 1996, the Krahn family started Paragon Feeds which markets conventional and organic feed for broilers, pullets, layers and turkeys. Photo: Krahn Family

Russian turkey and duck meat renaissance

Russia’s domestic demand for unconventional poultry meat proved to be strong in 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Local analysts predict that turkey, duck and quail meat will drive future growth in the industry, a sentiment shared by investors.

Local analysts say that consumer interest in duck and quail products is on the increase. Photo: Vornezh
Local analysts say that consumer interest in duck and quail products is on the increase. Photo: Vornezh

Consistently improving poultry farming processes

Innovative solutions are required from across the poultry industry to assist producers in improving their farming processes. Cutting carbon emissions in the egg sector, the pros and cons of slower growing birds, and the latest on-farm hatchery developments, were in focus at this year’s poultry meat and egg sessions at the Pig and Poultry Forum.

Reducing emissions can be done in many ways. Emissions can be reduced by up to 3% by covering the manure storage.
Reducing emissions can be done in many ways. Emissions can be reduced by up to 3% by covering the manure storage.

Histomoniasis a headache for poultry producers

North America and Europe are among some of the regions that have seen the re-emergence of Histomoniasis, or blackhead. With the ban on many of the medications used to fight the disease, the focus has shifted to prevention. Poultry World explores.

Blackhead can significantly impact turkeys and chickens. Photo: Aviagen
Blackhead can significantly impact turkeys and chickens. Photo: Aviagen

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CP Foods revs up cage-free production

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has a cage-free production strategy in place which is designed to meet the increasing demand from the food service industry and consumers concerned about animal welfare. Senior VP, Somkid Wannalukkhee, shares his thoughts on its first-ever Thai cage-free certification for its showcase Wang Somboon farm.

CPF has applied the European cage-free standard at Wang Somboon farm. The closed chicken house has a low stocking density of 7 laying hens per square metre compared with the general standard of a maximum 9 hens per square metre.
CPF has applied the European cage-free standard at Wang Somboon farm. The closed chicken house has a low stocking density of 7 laying hens per square metre compared with the general standard of a maximum 9 hens per square metre.

Ways the US layer industry deals without antibiotics

With 43% of surveyed consumers revealing that they “always” or “often” buy poultry raised without antibiotics, a tipping point may have been reached. Poultry World looks into the most important factors producers must incorporate into modern poultry rearing and management.

Vaccines play an important role in preventing diseases and complications that result in the need for antibiotics. Photo: Henk Riswick
Vaccines play an important role in preventing diseases and complications that result in the need for antibiotics. Photo: Henk Riswick

France considering vaccination against AI

In response to the consistent outbreaks of highly pathogenic bird flu (HPAI), which have cost the local poultry industry hundreds of millions in damages and lost revenue, the French ministry of agriculture is now contemplating the rollout of preventive vaccinations as from 2022.

Geese and duck farms in the far south-west of France have been affected by avian influenza since 2015. Photo: ANP
Geese and duck farms in the far south-west of France have been affected by avian influenza since 2015. Photo: ANP

Benefits of seaweed-based pellet binders in broiler diets

Following a recent study, researchers have concluded that the use of binding agents from natural sources such as seaweed not only help achieve the desired pellet quality but also improve the growth performance and feed efficiency in broilers.

High quality pellets withstand rough handling, such as during transport, storage, and due to conveyance in feed lines. Photo: Koos Groenewold
High quality pellets withstand rough handling, such as during transport, storage, and due to conveyance in feed lines. Photo: Koos Groenewold

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Biosecurity breaches major contributing factor in disease outbreaks

Biosecurity measures are designed to protect livestock from infection but must be applied consistently to be successful. Poultry World considers a toolkit of protocols to help overcome some of the challenges in maintaining effective biosecurity practises.

Researcher, Jeroen Dewulf, said there are 3 golden rules that apply to everyone entering facilities – use herd-specific footwear, herd-specific clothing, and wash hands upon entering. Photo: Koos Groenewold
Researcher, Jeroen Dewulf, said there are 3 golden rules that apply to everyone entering facilities – use herd-specific footwear, herd-specific clothing, and wash hands upon entering. Photo: Koos Groenewold

Implications of peptidoglycans for gastrointestinal functionality

The risk of excessive bacterial cell wall fragments, mainly peptidoglycans (PGNs), to intestinal health and optimum production is constant. Poultry World explores a new study which confirms the positive effects of supplementing diets for broilers with an exogenous muramidase.

The study evaluated the effects of muramidase on performance, energy and nutrient availability. Photo: Aberration Films Ltd/Science Photo Library
The study evaluated the effects of muramidase on performance, energy and nutrient availability. Photo: Aberration Films Ltd/Science Photo Library

Boosting turkey reproductive output

The daylength timing mechanism that regulates reproduction provides only a seasonal window when animals, like turkeys, are able to reproduce. Researchers are now seeking to develop strategies to overcome the constraints that the seasonal cycle imposes.

Turkey hens lose their sensitivity to the effects of long days which stimulate reproductivity, even under ever-increasing day lengths. Photo: Bert Jansen
Turkey hens lose their sensitivity to the effects of long days which stimulate reproductivity, even under ever-increasing day lengths. Photo: Bert Jansen

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