Blackhead disease in chickens and turkeys. Photo: ARS
Blackhead disease in chickens and turkeys. Photo: ARS

Blackhead disease in chickens and turkeys

Alltech
- Alltech Company profile
01-11-2017 | | |
Blackhead disease in chickens and turkeys. Photo: ARS
Blackhead disease in chickens and turkeys. Photo: ARS

Blackhead disease, also known as histomoniasis, took the spotlight in 2016 when the approval of Histostat was removed by the FDA. Histostat was very effective at controlling the disease in chickens and turkeys, and after its removal, the industry has experienced a significant increase in cases of blackhead disease.

  • How does histomoniasis get in the broiler or turkey house?
  • How can it be controlled moving forward?

These are some of the questions that Dr Dennis Wages, professor of poultry health management at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, explored in the webinar ‘Blackhead control: past and present’.

Historical significance

“Diseases that have historical significance tend to re-emerge,” said Dr Wages when opening the webinar. “The main reason we are talking about it (blackhead disease) today is because the preventative and therapeutic agents that were used to control blackhead have been removed.”

In the webinar, Dr Wages covered:

  • How the disease is transmitted in chickens and turkeys.
  • The intermediate hosts and mechanical vectors.
  • The key points of control.
  • Nutritional strategies and feed additives to control the disease.

Dr Wages concluded by emphasising that there is a wide range of factors that need to be addressed in order to help minimise the exposure to histomoniasis. Only by having a management plan that touches all those factors will producers be able to control this disease.

Author: Manual Reyes, Alltech

Alltech
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Alltech was founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of people, animals and plants through nutrition and scientific innovation, particularly yeast-based technology, nutrigenomics and algae. With more than 100 manufacturing sites globally, Alltech is the leading producer and processor of yeast and organic trace minerals, and its flagship algae production facility in Kentucky is one of only 2 of its kind in the world. The company’s guiding ACE principle seeks to develop solutions that are safe for the Animal, Consumer and the Environment and is actively supported by more than 5,000 team members worldwide. Alltech is the only privately-held company among the top 5 animal health companies in the world. This is a source of competitive advantage, which allows Alltech to adapt quickly to emerging customer needs and to stay focused on advanced innovation and long-term objectives. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world. For further information, visit www.alltech.com/news.                More about Alltech  

Alltech
- Alltech Company profile

Alltech was founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of people, animals and plants through nutrition and scientific innovation, particularly yeast-based technology, nutrigenomics and algae. With more than 100 manufacturing sites globally, Alltech is the leading producer and processor of yeast and organic trace minerals, and its flagship algae production facility in Kentucky is one of only 2 of its kind in the world. The company’s guiding ACE principle seeks to develop solutions that are safe for the Animal, Consumer and the Environment and is actively supported by more than 5,000 team members worldwide. Alltech is the only privately-held company among the top 5 animal health companies in the world. This is a source of competitive advantage, which allows Alltech to adapt quickly to emerging customer needs and to stay focused on advanced innovation and long-term objectives. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world. For further information, visit www.alltech.com/news.                More about Alltech  

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