This 10th edition of Poultry World highlights the importance of managing stress to improve broiler welfare and improve returns. Veterinary virologist, Professor Hans Nauwynck, notes that the way the veterinary world keeps viruses under control is an example for human virology. Then, a look at the state of soybeans and sustainability concerns around its high consumption in poultry production, and a visit to Australia to see how Ingham’s has invested to meet future demands.
Nauwynck expresses his distaste in allegations that modern livestock farming is the cause of all pandemics, and highlights that the way the veterinary world keeps viruses under control is an example for human virology.
Along with corn, soybean meal is the main ingredient in poultry feeds, and of all livestock types, poultry represents the largest consumer of global soybean production (37%). Its consumption, however, brings with it huge sustainability concerns in terms of its cultivation in South America.
The transition from cages to cage-free systems is a significant global trend for the egg sector and has gained much momentum. Cage-free housing provides laying hens with more space and greater expression of the bird’s natural behaviour, but even cage-free farming can be associated with some welfare concerns.
In 2019, Ingham’s sought to replace ageing facilities and expand production. The company chose HatchTech’s HatchCare system in which chicks have access to fresh water, feed and light in the hatcher directly after hatching. The project would cater to a capacity of 75 million chicks per year.
Probiotics can help to prevent and mitigate on-farm challenges, such as necrotic enteritis, both directly and indirectly. Now presented as an effervescent tablet, B-Act Buzz is introduced in Huvepharma’s probiotic range.
The pre-slaughter environment and handling procedures and practices can impose stress on broilers and compromise meat quality. Improvements in the handling of birds improves welfare and returns.
Professor Munir Iqbal, head of the Avian Influenza Virus group at Pirbright Institute, speaks to Poultry World about the potential of an improved poultry influenza vaccine that triggers a rapid immune response that protects chickens against signs of disease and reduces the amount of virus that they could pass on.
In 2020, a poultry farming couple in the Netherlands launched an innovation – smoked eggs. Over 100,000 smoked eggs, which have a subtle barbeque flavour, have been sold in the country and will now look to enter markets in the rest of Europe.
When a new flock of broilers enter a barn, biosecurity measures impact the level of microbial pressure. Integrating a protective biofilm approach can effectively complement these measures by helping to install a positive microbial environment after the disinfection step.
Over the last 2 years, Visser has been responsible for realising Hamlet Protein’s big ambitions while changing the corporate culture and optimising results during a global pandemic.
French and European producers are set to reduce the use of soybean meal in poultry rations and find alternatives.
Synergy Agri Group in Nova Scotia, Canada, has earned the Flock Award from Cobb for 4 consecutive years. This year, Synergy won for the highest average chick number per hen housed. Synergy’s vice president of operations, Gary McAleer, highlights “really good people” as fundamental to their success.
An integrated feed, farm and health strategy, including tailored supplementation strategies, farm feeding practices and health management can support eggshell quality, the longevity of layers’ productivity and producer economics.
To help move closer to the national target of a 25% reduction in Salmonella illnesses, the USDA is taking action to help prevent Salmonella contamination throughout the poultry supply chain and production system.
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