Once more, 2016 has been a busy year for the global poultry industry. World Poultry has been there every step of the way informing and sharing knowledge on all manner of topics of interest to you, the poultry industry.
In 2016 the North American markets have been trying to recover from the impact of avian influenza the year before and Europe and Asia have been struck devastating blows in the latter half of this year. Despite these setbacks, new research has been carried out and developments are ongoing to prepare the industry for the future.
In case you missed it in the course of the year, here are the top 5 ‘most read’ items of 2016:
Commercial poultry embryo sexing a step closer
A commercially viable test to determine embryo chick sexing will be available by early next year, German researchers have claimed. The method, developed by scientists at the Dresden University of Technology and the University of Leipzig, uses spectroscopy to determine the sex of a chicken egg. It has the potential to remove the routine hatchery practice of killing day-old male chicks, which is increasingly arousing protests among consumer groups.
Improved feed quality from the silo
Many factors affect feed quality and often there is quality loss in the silo. The feed does not always flow well out the silo and a combination of heat and moisture can even lead to decay. The Swedish company Mafa reinvented the silo to counteract these problems.
Case Study: Investments supports Romanian poultry growth
The Romanian poultry sector has developed well over the past few years, proving to be one of the most dynamic livestock segments in the country. But how does the sector fare in comparison to its other European counterparts?
Mycotoxins impact on poultry gut health
Analysis of the 2015 European cereal harvest showed that 20% of the feedstuffs sampled present a high risk and 18% a medium risk to poultry. Poor storage has worsened the situation, increasing the risk of health problems when feeding last year’s harvest now.
Will genetics solve the wooden breast problem?
White striping and wooden breast problems are one of the latest challenges the poultry sector is facing. At the 4th Feet to Meat symposium sponsored by Zinpro Corporation, Professor Massimiliano Petracci presented the latest findings and posed the question whether it was a problem for genetics to solve.