Know How / Broilers / Housing and handling

Poultry farms rely a great deal on the technology they employ to manage a large number of birds with relatively little resource. Understanding the latest developments in housing and how they interact with bird management is therefore crucial

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HOUSING AND HANDLING

Dutch poultry shed designed for efficiency

A Dutch poultry farmer has incorporated the latest technology when building a new shed housing more than 90,000 birds. Jake Davies visited to find out more. Faced with an investment…

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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HOUSING AND HANDLING

The new EPEF 420 broiler standard and how to achieve it

Aviagen's Ross 400 Club was introduced to recognise farmers achieving the highest performance on broiler farms. Entry to the club is for those farmers that have achieved a European production…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

4 alternatives to spreading poultry manure on land 

Poultry farmers are increasingly looking at practical uses for poultry manure to future-proof their businesses and achieve additional income. The amount and timing of spreading on land – the most common way…

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…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Constructing poultry sheds: Your risks and liabilities explained

In the past three years there has been a huge increase in the number of poultry houses as a result of either expansion or diversification. This growth is set to…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How to use data to get broiler chick start right

The early period of any creature’s life is crucial to its health and performance as it gets older. And in no production animal is this truer than for broiler birds,…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How to set up and market a broiler unit

A prospective broiler farmer faces a large initial investment. A development worth its salt will cost upwards of £1m, but the reward is a steady income from what may be…

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POULTRY

Is now the right time to go into poultry farming?

Consumer demand for eggs and poultrymeat have risen steadily over the past 10 years. Buoyant markets have already prompted hundreds of farmers to diversify into broiler and free-range egg production.…

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…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Faster broiler growth rates from poultry litter burning

The way a broiler shed is heated can have a significant bearing on the performance of the flock. Indirect heating of broiler sheds using biomass such as poultry litter as…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Opposition and errors hamper poultry planning applications

Poultry farmers are finding it harder than ever to get planning applications for new buildings through the system. Local authorities are making too many mistakes in the planning process and…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Wireless system aims to improve bird performance

An award-winning wireless sensor system to monitor environmental conditions in broiler sheds has been developed by researchers at University College Dublin to help find optimum conditions for bird growth. “It…