The successful delivery and survival of a newborn calf is the goal of every dairy pregnancy, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way.
Researchers at Ohio State University may have uncovered one way to improve those outcomes – increase the time and consistency that close-up cows are able to lie down and rest.
Learned behavior in calfhood could have possible long-term effects on how adult cows eat and process nutrients.
Animal behavior research at the University of British Columbia has shown that behaviors learned by young calves can be retained all the way to adulthood. When it comes to feed consumption, how calves are fed starter grain may be predictive of their eating behavior as lactating cows.
In an effort to keep calf starter fresh and minimize waste, many producers feed it in small quantities,
Toxicity is a relatively rare affliction for hens, and tracking down the source can prove challenging, as one case study outlined by a poultry diagnostics expert revealed.
It concerned a spike in mortality and decreased feed and water consumption in a flock of 39-week-old broiler breeders.
Eric Shepherd, DVM, clinical assistant professor of avian medicine at the University of Georgia’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, presented the investigation.
He said that initial inquiries involved
In today’s poultry industry, there is a shortage of chicks in the market. This has put pressure on producers to increase the number of robust chicks they are producing for their flocks to meet the global consumer demand.
Some of the biggest contributors to hindered profitability on poultry operations are unhatched eggs or chicks that are not robust when they hatch. This can lead to fewer birds getting to the processing facility or birds getting to the processing facility with lower carcass weights.
There are many factors that contribute to producing a robust day-old chick. But few are as important as the development of a strong skeleton.
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Insect 'mini farms' are to be established on 10 free-range egg farms by a major UK supermarket to provide natural food for the hens and to cut soya use.
The insects will be fed on waste from Morrisons fruit and vegetable site in Yorkshire, creating one of the UK’s first 'circular waste' feeding schemes within the same company to produce food. Over 30 tonnes of fruit and vet waste will be recycled each week.
Calf coccidiosis is a common health issue in calves from around 3 weeks old until 1 year of age. The disease is caused by protozoan parasites of the Eimeria genus and is transmitted through oocysts that are found in the feces of the animals. The disease mainly occurs where animals come together or are crowded and where feces are more concentrated in the environment. Coccidiosis outbreaks are also occasionally seen when young and older calves are grouped together. Calves suffering from subclinical coccidiosis show no typical symptoms. They can lack appetite and have a decreased feed efficiency because of damaged intestines. All of this can lead to poor growth rates and weight gains. Clinical symptoms of coccidiosis can be anorexia, depression, abdominal pain, dehydration, acute weight loss, weakness, and diarrhea, of which diarrhea is the most common symptom.
In 1997 news that scientists at a Scottish research institute had successfully cloned a sheep from an adult cell reverberated around the globe.
The sheep, named Dolly, was the first of her kind. Her birth was the result of an experiment to increase the amount of ewes' milk that could be used to improve human health.
Significantly, up until January 2021, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) exports show that just 12pc of the total wool exported was broader than 23.5 micron, signalling that a large portion of the grower-held stocks in Australia are in that broader wool category.
Australian Wool Innovation's chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said anecdotal evidence surrounding the breeding future of the sheep industry has been focused on intentions to move away from self-replacing Merino wool operations to a more dual-purpose or full-on meat sheep operation.
March was a record-breaking month for U.S. beef and pork exports. The U.S. Meat Export Federation released a report compiled from USDA data that the exports continued the momentum in April.
"Looking back at April 2020, it was a difficult month for red meat exports as we began to see COVID-related supply chain interruptions and foodservice demand took a major hit in many key markets," said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. "While it is no surprise that exports performed much better in April 2021, we are pleased to see that global demand continued to build on the broad-based growth achieved in March."
The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) voiced surprise about the decision, and ministries are evaluating a possible appeal to the WTO.
On 6 May, Saudi Arabia suspended poultry exports from 11 Brazilian poultry processing plants, 7 of which are JBS plants. The Arab country is the second main destination for Brazilian chicken exports. The measure will come into effect on 23 May.
“The price of day old chicken and animal feed are two determining factors in chicken price. Any price increase in these two important factors along with other factors like drugs and vaccination prices, worker and transportation fee would affect broiler price.” The Head of Khoozestan province poultry association said.
The first recyclable shrink wrap for poultry has been launched by Amcor. The proudct is called Eco-Tite R and is a PVDC-free shrink bag for fresh and processed meat and poultry.
It is designed to maximise shelf-life, maintain food safety, reduce food waste and can be recycled
Asadollah Nejad, Broilers corporation deputy declared: “Considering the required feed of chicken farms are afforded therefor it is expected that the price of chicken would be fixed during the coming days and the market will get stabilized; consequently chicken meat will be supplied in the market on the basis of governmental prices.”
He continued: “Last week chicken farms feed ration increased up to 30%
Probably the greatest advancement in dairy nutrition over the last 30 years has been our increased understanding of digestible fiber. NDF was considered monolithic and there were no differences when we plugged in the NDF of corn silage, alfalfa, warm and cool season grasses. Now with metrics such as NDFD30 and uNDF240 we know there are tremendous differences. Properly testing and attributing value to digestible fiber has allowed milk production to dramatically increase and for better utilization of forages in dairy diets. The next frontier will be an increased focus on feed efficiency and will also be centered on expanding the digestible fiber pool.
The head of Kerman province poultry farmers Union declared: “It is strictly requested Government to distribute animal feed among the farmers and chicken producers more quickly; otherwise it is highly warned that incubation would be decreased up to 25 per cent! And considering the 25 percent decrease which existed already, we will certainly face with chicken meat shortage in less than 45 days.”
The transition period is a critical and high-risk time for dairy cows. During this period, cows go through drastic metabolic changes as they prepare to transition into lactation, start producing milk and repair the reproductive tract while also developing an oocyte to prepare for their next pregnancy.
The goal of transition cow management is
“The inputs have been imported on the basis of Governmental exchange and there should be a strong monitoring on its distribution.” The head of Agricultural Commission of Majlis, Mr. Javad Sadati Nejad declared.
Feeding insects to poultry has long been touted as an environmentally friendly way to both cut down on imported soya and deal with our country’s food waste problem. Insects are high in protein and can convert a waste product efficiently into larvae that poultry find tasty and stimulating, solving two problems at once. But there have always been logistical problems that have so far stopped commercial insect production working at scale.
But now, a trial has taken place on egg producer Charles Mear’s farm in Cambridgeshire (a finalist in the 2019 National Egg & Poultry Awards) of a new concept: an insect-production unit housed in a shipping container, which means the insects are produced on site and taken directly to the birds that will eat them.
The concept has been created by the start-up firm Better Origin, and has been named the X1
Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed “Fitbits for chickens.”
To help farmers detect mite infestations, a team of entomologists, computer scientists, and biologists led by UC Riverside entomologist Amy Murillo has created a new insect detection system. The team’s work is detailed in the journal Scientific Reports.
In recent years, concern for the well-being of livestock has given rise to more farms where poultry are allowed to roam
Considering Iran’s $540 million Broiler industry cash flow, making the industry very important to the country’s economy. Meanwhile, the authorities are about to Bold the name of Arian Jooje in the Iran poultry industry.
But have they surveyed every aspect of the matter?
Investigations into the feeding of insects and microalgae to broilers has found that both sources of protein represent a suitable sustainable alternative to soymeal.
The Germany study, carried out by researchers from the University of Gottingen, found that meat quality of chickens
How do you strike the delicate balance of feed-to-output ratio?
In the give-and-take of ration balancing, the age-old question, “How much should I feed my cows?” has no cookie-cutter answer. However, research published this month in the Journal of Dairy Science highlights two scenarios to consider.
Feed Efficiency vs. Cost
If you’ve looked at your low-producing cow
Iran could be a poultry production power house, with Iranian poultry farmers having the potential to boost exports to 500,000 tons of meat per year, but sanctions and national politics remain an invincible obstacle on this path. Recently this culminated in birds being killed due to lack of feedstuffs entering the country.
The poultry sector in Iran has been struggling for years now. Since the introduction of the first US sanctions against Iran in 2012, the poultry market has suffered. The sanctions have led to increased cost for imported inputs like feed ingredients, and caused sharp price fluctuations on the consumer market. But the industry adapted to the new reality. When sanctions were renewed by US President Donald Trump in 2019 the industry was much better prepared. The country is now self-sufficient in both poultry and eggs and has the highest production effectiveness in the Middle East.
Only our oil industry has a higher turnover and importance...” – Dr Majid Movafegh Ghadirly
Poultry sector huge importance for Iran’s economy
“Only our oil industry has a higher turnover and importance [for the national economy] than the poultry industry,” commented Dr Majid Movafegh Ghadirly, member of the board of the Iran National Poultry Association and chairman of the Iran Feed Industry Association. “Our industry plays a huge role in generating added value. We import 80 – 90% of raw materials and feed ingredients and convert them into products such as poultry, eggs and even sausages and then export them.”
Since the first World Milk Day was held in 2001, many countries spread throughout the world have participated in the celebrations and the number is growing each year.
Why hold a World Milk Day? The Day provides an opportunity to
Chickens and geese aren’t just a great homestead food source. You can start using chickens and geese in the garden to help you create a bountiful harvest each year! And, if you’ve ever wanted to start raising geese, this is a great excuse for you to dive right in this year. Especially weeder geese!
We first started using chickens in our garden on our half-acre homestead a few years ago. One of the things I absolutely despised doing was garden clean up at the end of each season. When I realized I could turn the chickens loose and have them do a lot of the clean up for me, I was in heaven.
Chickens for the garden — you’d think that it’s counterproductive
PUNE: Farm-gate chicken prices have dropped by about 60% to an average of about Rs 30/kg in south India from Rs 72.50/kg in January after rumours on social media linking chicken consumption with Covid-19.
Farmers are resorting to panic sales even as they seek government assistance as the Covid-19 crisis is more widespread than the bird flu outbreak of 2006, which was restricted to western parts of the country. Chicken prices were lower in other places, too – Rs 30/kg in Raipur and Pune, Rs 35/kg in Bengaluru, Rs 37/kg in Hyderabad and Rs 40/ kg in Gujarat, according to the Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Association of India. Rates were close to normal in north India, ruling at Rs 55/kg in New Delhi and Rs 60/kg in Punjab.
B Soundararajan, chairman of Suguna Foods, a poultry company, called the current crisis much larger than the 2006 bird flu outbreak. “Though chicken consumption has not been that bad, coronavirus has ruined the poultry industry as prices have crashed. We would like the Central government help the industry by giving subsidised raw material like wheat and rice for feed,” said Soundararajan.
“Every month, farmers have been accumulating about 20% to 30% unsold inventoryموجودی. At some places, where farmers are unable to handle the huge inventories, have no place to keep unsold birds and cannot afford to feed them, panic sales have started. Farmers have sold chicken at Rs 15/kg to Rs 20/ kg at many places in desperate sales,” said PG Pedgaonkar, general manager at Venky’s, a poultry processing company.
Chicken demand and prices typically drop in March due to exams and some Hindu festivals. Normal average rates for this month range from Rs 45/kg to Rs 60/kg in various parts of the country. In Maharashtra, farmers realised a rate of Rs 72.50/kg in January and Rs 40/kg in February. In March, the price declined to Rs 30/kg and below.
“We met the Maharashtra ministers today and requested them to extend support to the industry. Restructuring of bank loans and interest subvention will help the industry to survive,” said Shrikrishna Gangurde, vice-president of the Poultry Farmers and Breeders' Association (Maharashtra).
MUMBAI, Feb 17 (Reuters) - India’s poultry industry has lost 13 billion rupees ($182 million) in three weeks after speculation on social media that chickens are a cause of the spread of coronavirus, denting demand for chicken and nearly halving prices, say industry officials.
Millions of small poultry farmers have been hit by a sudden drop in sales. Soybean and corn producers are also being affected
Evonik highlights the use of biostatistics to improve poultry production with the introduction of its flock data
management and predictive software program Porphyrio.
The Germany-based company introduced Porphyrio to poultry industry members during the International Production
and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia. The system initially started with work that came out of the
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s Backyard Poultry Farming project suffered a setback after the outbreak of infectious bronchitis in chickens distributed among farmers in Peshawar and other parts of the province.
Veterinarians at the Civil Veterinary Hospital, Peshawar, have confirmed the endemic of infectious bronchitis, an acute, highly contagious upper respiratory tract disease in the Rhode Island Red chickens, which were recently given away to farmers.
Interdigital hyperplasia in cattle had been attributed mostly to poor hygiene, but new research finds genetic component.
The occurrence of interdigital hyperplasia in cattle has mostly been attributed to poor hygiene conditions in the barn, but researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Georg August University Göttingen in Germany have now shown that the disease is primarily genetic.
The team, led by professor Hermann Swalve, found a farm where the disease occurred frequently and was able to identify the gene responsible. As a result, the disease may now be contained through selective breeding, an announcement from MLU said.
The extreme rains that affected many parts of the country including Blitar, East Java in recent months have worried poultry farmers in the regency as the rains have caused a further scarcity of corn, which is used for chicken feed.
Sukarman, the head of local cooperative
(CNN)About 300,000 hens were killed by a fire at a poultry farm in southwestern Michigan, CNN affiliate WWMT reported.
Multiple fire departments responded Friday to the barn fire at the Konos Inc. egg farm, a distributor of Vande Bunte Eggs, in Otsego Township, Michigan, the station said.