Program Heat Stress Stress disrupts an animal’s normal physiological equilibrium.   Heat stress depends on environmental factors (temperature and humidity – THI), species, age, weight, etc. THI measures the combined effects of ambient temperature and relative humidity to define the level of...
Coccidiosis is the most common disease of brooded poultry. It affects primarily chicks and poults (baby turkeys). But it may also (though rarely) affect keets (baby guinea fowl), ducklings, and goslings. It is the most common cause of death...
Poultry litter is commonly used as a fertilizer on pastures and hayfields in North Georgia. As the poultry industry expands to South Georgia, more litter will be available and its use in this region is expected to increase. Poultry...
Avian influenza viruses spread through direct contact with infected birds or through contaminated feed, water, equipment and clothing. News of avian influenza (bird flu) is resurfacing around the globe. Cases of H7N3 are confirmed in the U.S.; H5N8 has been...
ListenTurkey prices are higher, but so is the cost of growing the birds Thanksgiving turkeys are shown at a Cub Foods store in Bloomington, Minn., in November 2015. Turkeys are a hot item for shoppers this week, and like a...
P. E. Kaufman, P. G. Koehler, J. F. Butler, and H. L. Cromroy 2 The northern fowl mite (Figure 1) is the most important external parasite of poultry in Florida and is widely distributed throughout the state. This mite is...
Introduction Ascites is an accumulation of non-inflammatory fluid in one or more of the abdominal spaces. There may be clots of yellow material in the fluid. Ascites caused by right ventricular failure (RVF) has been an important cause of illness and...
by Jeff Mulhollem, Pennsylvania State University The inclusion of a high-flavonoid corn, developed by a Penn State maize geneticist, in the diet of broiler chickens reduced the incidence and severity of a fatal intestinal disorder known as necrotic enteritis. The results are...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) launched a new comprehensive focus on reducing Salmonella illnesses caused by poultry products. A key component encouraged by FSIS is to consider pre-harvest controls to reduce Salmonella contamination coming...
Activity of broilers is related to their gait, but activity recordings alone cannot fully distinguish between birds with a good or a suboptimal gait. That is the main conclusion of a study by Wageningen Livestock Research. Activity tracking and gait...
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