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Poultry World edition 7 of 2021 now online

In this 7th edition, Poultry World investigates the recent decision by the EU to lift the ban on the use of animal by-products in animal feed, a decision which has been welcomed by the industry. Then, a farm report from Finland explores how to excel in antibiotic-free broiler production. Also, an in-depth review of the best options for replacing soybean meal in feed for various livestock species in terms of benefits, availability, challenges and outlook.

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EU lifts ban on using animal by-products

The EU has lifted its ban on the use of animal by-products for animal feed. The proposed change in legislation, which has been welcomed by the industry, allows processed animal protein from pigs to be used in poultry feed and from poultry to be used in pig feed. Poultry World explores.

The rules will only change to allow additional types of processed animal protein to be used in pig and poultry feed when they have been proven to be safe. Photo: Roel Dijkstra
The rules will only change to allow additional types of processed animal protein to be used in pig and poultry feed when they have been proven to be safe. Photo: Roel Dijkstra

Farmers aren’t the problem, they are the solution

Global climate change is an ever-present concern and many highlight protein consumption and its production as a contributing factor, but it is actually farmers who are the stewards of our planet and can be its saviour. Poultry World reviews the findings from the annual Alltech ONE Ideas conference.

Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech: “Farmers need to stand up for their industry when it comes to the benefits of farming for the environment.” Photo: Alltech
Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech: “Farmers need to stand up for their industry when it comes to the benefits of farming for the environment.” Photo: Alltech

Saudi Arabia’s changing poultry landscape

Local poultry producers in Saudi Arabia are being encouraged and incentivised to drastically increase production while the Saudi Food and Drug Authority implements several new measures that will significantly affect the poultry import market.

Saudi Arabia produced 900,000 million metric tonnes of chicken meat in 2020, accounting for 60% of domestic consumption. Photo: Hans Prinsen
Saudi Arabia produced 900,000 million metric tonnes of chicken meat in 2020, accounting for 60% of domestic consumption. Photo: Hans Prinsen

Excelling in antibiotic-free broiler production

Finland has worked for decades to become antibiotic-free. In this article, poultry producer and executive director of the Finnish Poultry Association, Hanna Hamina, explains how she has successfully raised her flocks without the use of antibiotics for over 10 years.

Hanna's production strategy includes a thorough cleaning, disinfection and drying programme before new chicks arrive. Photo: Hanna Hamina
Hanna's production strategy includes a thorough cleaning, disinfection and drying programme before new chicks arrive. Photo: Hanna Hamina

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Controlling red mite infestation with garlic

Recent research has shown the benefit of adding garlic to feed as an alternative strategy that can be used to control and reduce poultry red mite infestation in laying hens. Poultry World reviews these positive results.

Chemical products based on pyrethroids have commonly been used as a mitigation measure to control these mites, but resistance is on the rise. Photo: Marcel Van Hoorn
Chemical products based on pyrethroids have commonly been used as a mitigation measure to control these mites, but resistance is on the rise. Photo: Marcel Van Hoorn

Examining heat stress in poultry

A study by the Technical University of Munich reveals that heat stress in poultry can lead to a multitude of problems, including a decline in egg laying rates.

Mitigating heat stress with water misting is one way to reduce a drop in productivity. Photo: Koos Groenewold
Mitigating heat stress with water misting is one way to reduce a drop in productivity. Photo: Koos Groenewold

Five most-promising soybean meal alternatives

A comprehensive review offers the best options for replacing soybean meal in feed for various livestock species in terms of benefits, availability, challenges and outlook.

Farmers are actively investigating ingredients that can serve as full or partial soybean meal replacements. Photo: Hans Prinsen
Farmers are actively investigating ingredients that can serve as full or partial soybean meal replacements. Photo: Hans Prinsen

Tomato peel and rosehip improve egg quality

In a recent study, researchers conclude that the supplementation of tomato peel in laying hens diets improves egg weight and vitamin E content, while rosehip seeds serve as a natural antioxidant that can improve egg quality.

Tomato residue is a good source of bioactive molecules, especially carotenoids such as β-carotene and lycopene. Photo: Misset
Tomato residue is a good source of bioactive molecules, especially carotenoids such as β-carotene and lycopene. Photo: Misset

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Interview: Gaining a better understanding of probiotics

In this interview, Marcelo Lang, global marketing director at Chr. Hansen, explains how understanding the modes of action of probiotic bacteria will enable you to make the most informed product choices for the animals in your care.

Global marketing director at Chr. Hansen, Marcelo Lang, says not all probiotics are the same. Strain matters! Photo: Chr. Hansen
Global marketing director at Chr. Hansen, Marcelo Lang, says not all probiotics are the same. Strain matters! Photo: Chr. Hansen

Moving away from skip-day feeding in broiler breeders

Dr Martin Zuidhof, professor of Poultry Systems Modelling and Precision Feeding at the University of Alberta, explains why skip-day feeding is not the best production strategy to use from a profit standpoint.

Daily feeding to a higher weight provides not just welfare benefits but economic benefits, too. Photo: University of Alberta
Daily feeding to a higher weight provides not just welfare benefits but economic benefits, too. Photo: University of Alberta

Egg sector facing onslaught of alternative proteins

There is a strong capital push into alternative proteins with over US$3 billion invested last year. However, Dr Klaus Kraemer, CE of leading nutrition think-tank Sight and Life, explains why consumers should question the sustainability of alternative proteins, considering their nutrition and environmental impact.

Alternative proteins are generally rich in salt and saturated fats and contain a range of technologically-required additives. Photo: ANP/Marcel Berendsen
Alternative proteins are generally rich in salt and saturated fats and contain a range of technologically-required additives. Photo: ANP/Marcel Berendsen

Boosting turkey reproductive output

The daylength timing mechanism that regulates reproduction provides only a seasonal window when animals, like turkeys, can 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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