Management of Poultry Farming in Winter

Poultry rearing is an art as well as a science and management plays most crucial role in deciding profitability of this business. It has been observed in past several years that high market rates of broiler meat & eggs are observed only in those times when rearing is very difficult due to harsh climate and thus, demand is more than supply. Therefore, it is very important to understand and implement the best management practices in such harsh climate. Every region in India has different climatic challenges and variable climate extremes…

Egg Turning During Incubation – Do you know how to check the turning angle in incubators?

Review By: Mohamed Mostafa El-Ashram Four independent factors combine to play a major part in the incubation process for optimal chick quality and quantity. These factors are temperature, humidity, ventilation, and the turning of hatching eggs. Incubator manufactories have designed their machines to best utilize these four factors to provide the most stable environment to surround the embryos within egg mass for the entire incubation period. Only the perfect harmony of the temperature, humidification, ventilation, and turning systems can control the gaseous exchange and heat/cool transfer necessary for maximum environmental…

Improved Profitability with More Saleable Eggs

Importance of Eggs: Eggs are an amazing self-contained food source. Each one represents the most complete source of protein available in a single form. That’s why it is so important to meet the needs of a growing population by consistently providing eggs that are of the highest quality, both internally and externally. The eggshell quality is very important for the profitability of the layer operations. The target is to have the best eggshell quality during the whole life of the layers for having the biggest number of saleable eggs. Having…

Mycotoxins and Endotoxins | Nutrex

Mycotoxins and endotoxins are both toxins that present a health risk to production animals, albeit of different origins. Indeed, mycotoxin are secondary metabolites produced by molds growing on crops in the field or on feed ingredients during storage. Mycotoxins are ingested through contaminated feed and provoke a number of health issues such as a reduced immune function, organ damage and nervous and reproductive system problems.  Endotoxins, on the other hand, are a component of the cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria. They are released into the environment, most importantly the gastrointestinal tract, when…

Bacillus subtilis can create a protective Biofilm on the intestinal epithelium | Ch. Hansen

Bacillus-based probiotic products containing bacterial spores seem to be particularly well-suited for use in broiler feeds. In the spore form, they are metabolically dormant and resilient to environmental stresses, including pelleting. There have been years of debate on the mode of action of probiotics in chickens and more broadly in poultry. A cornerstone of the debate centers on the ability of spores to germinate and become viable organisms in the intestine due to the rapid transit time in the poultry gastrointestinal tract (GIT). These aspects were clarified in 2008 by…

RESPONSE OF LAYING HENS TO DIETARY INCLUSIONS OF FIBRE-DEGRADING ENZYMES IN A REDUCED ENERGY DIET

Identifying high-quality digestible ingredients for diet formulation is a vital task in domestic poultry industry. As some nutrients in animal feed cannot be digested fully by animal digestive enzymes, quantum of essential nutrients will not be available to the animal. Digestible corn and soybean meal often contain high molecular weight soluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), and a complex chemical structure hinders the normal digestion and absorption of nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). For hens fed with a typical corn-soy ration, approximately 400-450 kcal of energy per kg of diet is…

DSM launches Sustell™ An Intelligent Sustainability Service

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, has launched Sustell™ — a first-of-its-kind intelligent sustainability service that delivers accurate, simple, and actionable farm-level solutions – to improve the environmental footprint and profitability of animal protein production. Through Sustell™, DSM is underlining its commitment to its strategic initiative We Make It Possible, which is driving a robust and achievable global transformation toward sustainable animal protein production. By leveraging digital and data-driven solutions such as Sustell™, DSM is advancing its precision animal farming journey towards a…

Indian Poultry Industry has geared up to meet the challenges posed by COVID

Ricky Thaper – Treasurer, Poultry Federation of India After dealing with challenges posed by COVID pandemic, Indian poultry industry is now focusing on key aspects like automation at farm level and adoption of stringent bio-safety norms at the farm so that occurrence of viral outbreak could be curbed or reduced. The sustained demand because of a spike in online sales and home delivery of chicken and eggs during the current phase of localised lockdowns is good indicators for the future growth of the poultry industry. Training of manpower (those engaged in…

How important is nutrition for egg shell quality?

The importance of optimal nutrition As the egg shell mostly contains CaCO3, it is normally assumed that calcium is the only nutrient responsible for shell quality. However, both phosphorus and Vitamin D3 are also involved (Figure 2), together with a number of trace minerals. Gut health status and kidney function play important roles in calcium absorption and Vitamin D3 activity Calcium Calcium is needed by broiler breeder hens at adequate levels (up to 4.9-5.1 g/bird/day; 0.17-0.18 oz/bird/day) for egg shell formation. An adequate source and supply of calcium during lay is crucial…

Management of Specific Pathogen Free Flocks

NINAD BHATT PhD Research Scholar, LPM Division National Dairy Research Institute, India Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) animals are those which are free of specified micro-organism and parasites but not necessarily free of the ones which are not specified. An animal stock or strain derived by aseptic caesarean section (or sterile hatching of eggs) which are reared and continuously maintained with germfree techniques is referred to as SPF. SPF animals are also known as disease free animals, healthy animals, pathogen free animals, clean animals, caesarean derived animals. What is the need…