In this edition we travel to Switzerland to see how consumers are boosting local demand, and to Brazil to a farm that is making the most of new opportunities. We set off to South Africa to visit a free-range farm where freedom and ample food mean healthy birds, and to Ukraine to look at some challenges facing the egg industry. We look at the importance of maintaining a good supply of water and learn about how researchers are working on a vaccine for red mite.
Swiss consumers have a clear preference for eggs and poultry meat of Swiss origin and are willing to pay significantly more for local produce. In this article we look at the factors that have played a role in this preference, and how it has affected the layer and broiler sectors.
We visit the Zegeren farm in Brazil. In the heart of the farm is a 24,000 bird parent stock facility which is surrounded by an orange plantation and a potted plant business. Now in its 3rd generation, the farm is always exploring new opportunities.
Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Europe has developed a customised amino-acid-based approach to tackle the dependency on soybean meal and nitrogen waste as well as foot pad dermatitis.
When raising broilers, we must not forget that the most crucial nutrient is water. Proper water management and quality control is necessary to ensure optimum flock performance.
With the possible bankruptcy of what was once the world’s second largest egg producer, the Ukranian egg industry, which was growing steadily, may be faced with some major problems.
The cost of red mite across Europe is estimated at €230 million in lost production each year. Research is underway in Scotland to develop a vaccine.
Salmonella cells may become dormant during certain phases of feed production only to be reactivated further down the process. There are several solutions that may reduce the risk.
South Africa’s Elgin Free Range Chickens produces about 6.6 million broilers a year. Plenty of food and freedom ensure healthy birds.
According to neuroscientist Dr Tom Smulders, you should be able to see in the brain of a chicken whether it feels good as the welfare of the birds is actually a function in their brains.
Egg quality and egg albumen properties of duck, goose, pigeon, quail and turkey eggs are compared to chicken eggs.
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