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The single most important part of broiler production is ensuring the health and welfare of birds. Compromised flocks will rapidly become unprofitable, and with ever fewer medicines available for treating birds, prevention is becoming more crucial than ever.

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

How technology can help improve poultry flock uniformity

An uneven flock is a familiar frustration for poultry farmers. Not only does it make management harder, but it can lead to higher rejects at the processing plant if birds…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: One farm's robust plans to combat the threat

Chief among the threats to any poultry business in the UK is the incursion of avian influenza (AI). It is possible to reduce the risk of it finding its way…

POULTRY

New gas stunner offers higher welfare for poultry farm

Traditional Norfolk Poultry (TNP) is to become the first business in the world to stun both chickens and turkeys in a new multi-stage carbon dioxide stunning system. The company believes…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

50 years of poultry health progress – one firm’s view

It was during the 1960s that the poultry industry really began to evolve into the structure it holds today. British farmers were looking to the United States, where poultry farming…

BROILERS

How a Shropshire broiler grower achieves top performance

A Shropshire chicken farmer has become the biggest ever to join Aviagen’s Ross 400 Club, which recognises top performance. Charlie Simpson, who farms at Lower Heath Farm, Whitchurch, Shropshire, averaged…

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

How to spot and treat infectious bronchitis in broilers

Infectious bronchitis (IB) is a highly contagious virus, and if it gets a hold on poultry flocks can cause severe production problems. Broilers affected by infectious bronchitis may perform poorly,…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Tips to minimise avian influenza risk on your farm

After two years of relatively low levels of avian influenza in Europe, it is back. The end of December marked the first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain on…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

A poultrykeeper's guide to spotting and controlling blackhead

Vets are urging poultry flock-keepers to take precautions against blackhead after a warm, wet summer saw a rise in the number of cases. Blackhead, or histomoniasis, commonly causes reduced weights…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Managing gut health in broilers explained

The impressive genetic improvement of poultry growth rate has led to a modern bird with a very low feed conversion, high average daily gain and low mortality. This improvement in…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: The signs and symptoms

Avian influenza (AI) has been spreading across Europe in recent years, with the most recent case in the UK occurring in December 2019 on a Suffolk broiler breeder unit, where…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Tips for managing an organic poultry system

As extensive poultry farming becomes more commonplace in developed countries, farmers need to rise to the challenge of meeting birds’ nutritional needs and managing increased disease risk. That's according to…

Insights

HEALTH AND WELFARE

4 scientific advances poultry farmers should watch out for

The way broilers and laying hens are reared has transformed beyond recognition over the past 70 years. First, the two sectors intensified, with birds brought indoors to protect them from…

BROILERS

What the 'Better Chicken Commitment' means for farmers

A campaign to radically change the way broiler chickens are produced has been gathering pace across Europe. It stipulates a change in breed type, stocking densities and lighting levels, among…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Expert insights on the latest poultry gut health science

Influencing gut populations to promote better health, reduce the use of antibiotics and improve performance has arguably become as important as bird genetics in recent years. Getting nutrition right –…

POULTRY

Latest advances in science for poultry farmers

Every year, hundreds of academic papers relevant to poultry are published, with their findings often trickling down to farms in the months and years that follow. Here, Poultry World rounds…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Global insights reveal secrets of better broilers

The South West Chicken Association annual meeting in Bristol focused on the practicalities of producing high-quality chickenmeat. Here, Poultry World reviews the speakers from the day, who covered health, prospects and…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How geneticists are breeding for better broilers welfare

As more and more is asked of the modern broiler, so genetics companies have to keep an even closer eye on health and welfare, as Frank Siewerdt, Cobb director of…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Why vitamin D supplements are vital for good poultry health

An adequate supply of vitamins and minerals is necessary in poultry for boosting defences and allowing the bird to reach its full genetic potential, writes Ruth Fennell, poultry graduate trainee with…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How other countries are cutting use of antibiotics on poultry fa...

How are other countries controlling antibiotic use in their poultry and what lessons might the UK learn? Jake Davies delves into a new Nuffield Scholarship report on the subject. Across…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Welfare at centre of Aviagen broiler breeding programme

Leading genetics firm Aviagen recently invited customers from around the world for an update on company research and broiler breeder progress. Jake Davies provides an overview. When the first broilers were…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Key strategies for campylobacter control across the globe

Ending or avoiding thinning where possible will improve campylobacter contamination rates, help fight disease challenges and be better for bird welfare, according to area manager for Hook 2 Sisters and…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How poultry gut health is crucial to poultry performance

The better a chick’s gut develops in the first days of its life, the better its performance will likely be for the rest of it. A basic premise, and one…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Dietary change to avoid wet litter in poultry

Research carried out over recent years has confirmed a strong link between poultry diets and the onset of wet litter syndrome, according to Professor Richard Ducatelle from Ghent University, Belgium.…