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5 May 2006 | Veterinary
Infectious Bronchitis — variations on a theme

Infectious bronchitis (IB) was first described in 1931 in the USA as a respiratory disease of chicks. In the 1950's egg production and egg quality...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Infectious bronchitis (IB) – does a conventional vaccination programme give us adequate pr

This was the question posed recently by a Ranger reader and I am sure echoes the concerns of many producers, even though we have discussed the ongoing...


5 May 2007 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Infectious bronchitis

Today, as ever, if you ask any producer to name the most significant cause of egg production problems, IB is still likely to top the charts, being riv...


5 May 2007 | Feed,News,Veterinary
E coli...a better strike rate than Beckham!

Escherichia coli (thankfully shortened to E coli!) is an imposing name for an imposing bug! As we have discussed in these columns several times previo...


5 May 2005 | Feed,News,Veterinary
E coli...a millennium bug

E.coli is a bacterium and is a normal inhabitant of a healthy bird's intestines. It belongs to the family of bacteria which also includes Salmonel...


Egg production problems

Problems with egg production, often coupled with shell quality problems, are not uncommon and are a real worry to the egg producer as these problems o...


Prevention and Treatment of Disease in Organic Flocks

There is an increasing interest in organic poultry production and the following article looks at some of the issues raised in Section 5 of the EU Coun...


Chicken runs

Healthy chickens need healthy guts for optimum health and performance. If the gut is disturbed and not working properly, there can be all sorts of pro...


5 May 2005 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Coccidiosis

Coccidia are protozoal parasites which can grow and multiply in the intestine of the chicken. They are host specific so the chicken has its own set of...


5 May 2006 | Veterinary
Blood Samples - When and Why

Examination of blood samples taken from poultry flocks can provide a great deal of information about the health status of the birds. When birds are ex...


Blackhead

Blackhead, more correctly known as Histomoniasis, is a disease of the digestive tract of a number of bird species caused by the parasite, Histomonas m...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Avian Flu...should I worry?

Recent reports of avian flu in the USA have prompted this question from a number of members. The short answer is to use these warnings as an opportuni...


5 May 2005 | Feed,News,Veterinary
ART, SHS & TRT – what does it all mean?!!

The disease of turkey rhinotracheitis (mercifully abbreviated to TRT) first appeared in the UK in 1985. As its name suggests, it first affected turkey...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
A load of fresh air!

Everybody likes to breathe fresh air and poultry are no exception. Good air quality is essential for optimum health and productivity of any laying flo...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
A balanced diet - Amino acids

What are amino acids? - amino acids are the building blocks out of which protein is made. In the chicken's body, proteins contain 22 different ami...


5 May 2006 | Veterinary
Gapeworms hit free range flocks

While gamekeepers are constantly on the lookout for an attack of gapeworms in pheasants and partridges being reared for commercial shoots, it is a dis...


20 April 2007 | Feed,News,Organic
Organic price rise on its way

Hard-pressed organic producers who have had to absorb unprecedented hikes in feed costs are finally in line for an egg price increase. The developm...


Zoonoses legislation… Use eggs for confirmation, says BEIC

With new salmonella regulations due to be introduced by the EU next year, the UK egg industry is fighting to ensure that producers are not unfairly pe...


21 February 2007 | Feed,News,Organic
Organic feed hits £300 a ton

Organic feed costs have rocketed to a record high of £300 a ton leaving producers facing a major financial crisis. They are telling packers that th...


5 February 2007 | News,News,Veterinary,Welfare
Oral statement by David Miliband on the avian influenza situation in Suffolk

Mr Speaker, with your permission I would like to make a statement about the avian influenza outbreak in Suffolk. Just after 5pm on Thursday 1 Febr...


23 January 2007 | Feed,News,Organic
Organic shutdown “only weeks away”

Organic producers could face losing their certification status within eight weeks unless action is taken to avert the sector's feed crisis. Th...


23 January 2007 | Feed,Husbandry,News,Veterinary,Welfare
‘On-off’ lighting extinguishes mite

Scientists from Bristol University are looking for a hen house with a red mite problem so that they can trial a novel control method. Not a proble...


22 December 2006 | Feed,News,Organic
Major organic feed crisis looms

The organic egg sector is under threat from a major crisis in the supply of feed ingredients. Producers have been warned that reserves of organic w...


21 November 2006 | Free Range & Pasture,News
Free range comes out best again

Another set of nutritional analysis tests have shown that eggs from hens that range are markedly better for health than cage eggs. The latest resea...


17 October 2006 | Feed,News,Organic,Welfare
OF&G rejects organic slur

Leading organic certification body, Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G), has hit back at claims of ‘loopholes’, ‘grey areas’ and ‘vested interests’ in th...


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