NEW STRATEGIES FOR
ENHANCING POULTRY VALUE
North American Edition
Special Report: Intestinal Health 2007
Combining hard work in the laboratory with hard data from the field, poultry researchers, veterinarians and nutritionists are gaining new insights into gut diseases that affect commercial birds.
Hofacre: 'Necrotic enteritis...a big performance issue':
It's no secret that necrotic enteritis is a big problem in poultry. The ubiquitous disease, caused by the soil-borne organism Clostridium perfringens, costs the world's poultry producers some $2 billion every year or as much as 5 cents per bird, according to published reports.
Collett: 'Avoid perfect conditions for necrotic enteritis to develop'
Poultry producers who want to improve bird performance through natural means should bone up on the chicken’s anatomy, says Dr. Stephen Collett, a nutritionist and professor at the University of Georgia.
Is GD skin or gut related? Probably both...
Following the presentations by Collett and Roney, the symposium's moderator, Dr. Rick Phillips of Schering-Plough Animal Health, noted that "two lines of thought have developed" about gangrenous dermatitis.
Roney: 'We've faced challenges with gangrenous dermatitis'
Researchers are making significant strides in understanding the mechanisms behind gangrenous dermatitis in poultry. But while researchers continue experimenting in their labs and making observations at posting sessions, broiler growers are learning about GD, too-practical and sometimes tough lessons from their day-to-day operations.
New research-driven insights on how chickens utilize feedstuffs can help broiler producers develop new strategies for getting the biggest bang from nutritional programs while improving flock health.
Adding More Value
Nearly 3 years ago, Dr. Rae Fischer made what some people in the broiler industry might have called a very brave decision. Others might have said it was foolhardy.
Leaving Its Mark
Poultry producers should take a second look at their control strategies for coccidiosis following reports that the parasite Eimeria mivati is indeed a distinct species found in about 35 percent of broiler flocks, says Steve Fitz-Coy, PhD, of Schering-Plough Animal Health technical services.
"New Look, New Comitment"
Dr. Charlie Broussard says the poultry industry is developing an even greater understanding of nutrition’s role in promoting intestinal health.
Risk factors for necrotic enteritis identified
Necrotic enteritis, a growing problem in the poultry industry, is not only linked to coccidiosis and wet litter, it is also associated with the use of ammonia and the presence of plasterboard walls, according to researchers from the University of Liverpool.
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