Category Archives: Poultry

Broiler Growers Make Progress on Efficiency, Health without Antibiotics

39The Poultry Site – The poultry industry is a vibrant industry, mature, yet ever changing, according to Mike Donohue of Agri-Stats at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) / American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) annual meeting in Chicago in July 2013. Industry returns have been very volatile in recent years as producers have dealt with rapid and continuous increases in feed cost which currently represents 70 per cent of total live production cost.

Producers have been able over time to increase their prices to the consumers but this has also been under pressure given recent economic conditions in the US and around the world. Per-capita consumption of animal protein has decreased over the last five years after over 40 years of continuous increases in demand, both domestic and export.

What should be undisputed is the evidence of continuous improvement in production efficiencies in chickens, turkeys and commercial layers, improvements that have allowed the industry to reduce production costs through greater efficiencies in all areas of production. … >>Continue Reading<<

Source: The Poultry Site, 6th August, 2013
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New Vaccines Target Salmonella and Clostridium in Poultry

1The Poultry Site – Salmonella species are bacteria that can cause foodborne illness in humans when they eat contaminated eggs or other poultry products that are inappropriately cooked. By targeting Salmonella through flock vaccination, contamination of eggs and meat can be reduced without the use of broad scope antibiotics.
The poultry industry has been looking for ways to reduce its use of antibiotics due to concerns around the emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens. Since only a very small portion of Salmonella species can cause foodborne illnesses in humans, a vaccine would need to target only these pathogenic species.
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Researchers Reveal Clostridium’s Secrets

11The Poultry Site – New research reveals that although there is wide variation in the Clostridium perfringens isolates found in commercial turkeys, it is only those with a particular gene coding for a beta-toxin that are associated with the gut disease, necrotic enteritis.
Clostridium perfringens is an important bacterial pathogen, especially in poultry, where it can lead to both subclinical and clinical disease, according to Ulrike Lyhs of the University of Helsinki and co-authors there and at the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira), Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and Denmark’s DTU National Food Institute.
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Bird Flu, Slowdown Hit Sales at Fast-food Chains

39CHINA – The bird flu scare and the economic slowdown hit the sales of some Western fast-food chains in China last month.
Yum! Brands Inc’s same-store sales in China declined an estimated 13 per cent year-on-year in July, with a 16 per cent decrease at KFC and only three per cent growth at Pizza Hut, Yum! Brands said on Monday (12 August).
Meanwhile, McDonald’s Corp — Yum! Brands’ main rival — also saw a sales decrease in China.
The company said on 8 August that comparable sales in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa decreased 1.9 per cent in July, “reflecting negative results in Japan, Australia and China”. Continue reading

Bird flu appears to have spread from human to human

1By Kate Kelland
MSN News — Research published in the British Medical Journal analyzing a family cluster of cases of the bird flu infection H7N9 in eastern China found it was very likely the virus “transmitted directly from the index patient (a 60-year-old man) to his daughter.”
Experts commenting on the research said while it did not necessarily mean H7N9 are any closer to becoming the next flu pandemic, “it does provide a timely reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant.”
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H7N9 in China: The Worries Continue

44 By Chris Wright

The Poultry Site – At the same time, the Chinese poultry sector is still having trouble and continues to recover from the crisis caused by avian influenza. The Chinese government just announced that it is giving the industry 300 million yuan (48.5 million dollars) more to help the poultry industry in its recovery. This is added to the 900 million yuan that has already been given to the industry. Aside from the central government subsidies, ten provinces have established preferential policies to support the poultry industry.

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Wireless system assesses welfare of chickens during slaughter

39Avicultura Industrial – The Laboratory of Applied Physics and Computational College of Animal Science and Food Engineering (FZEA) USP has developed a methodology using a wireless system (wireless network) that allows measuring the brain state of broilers during the slaughter process. The technology aims to establish a procedure for equivalence in relation to the requirements of the European Union (EU) the welfare of the birds during slaughter demonstrating, through EEG (Eletroenceéfalograma), the animal is unconscious and does not suffer in the process.

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