Livestock

Layer management and egg production

Poultry_layer_management_1Proper layer care for consistent supplies of high quality eggs requires knowledge and patience to ensure hens are well housed, fed and watered, and suffer as little stress as possible.

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Intervet opens veterinary vaccines unit

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health recently announced that it has opened a specialized filling and freeze-drying unit for veterinary vaccines at its Biosciences Center Boxmeer in the Netherlands.

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Good litter management ensures flock performance

litter_management_editedThe route to improving flock performance lies in good litter management. Poultry litter too dry or too wet stresses the flock and generally results in reduced profits. And, producers can best manage litter conditions in the poultry house by taking a disciplined approach to the watering system. This means preventing leaks, maintaining the correct drinker height and regularly adjusting the pressure to ensure the birds are getting the maximum amount of water without wetting the litter.

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Biosecurity programme for healthy poultry

Biosecurity_-_editedBiosecurity is a vital tool to reduce the effect of infections and decrease the impact of diseases in livestock populations. Adopting biosecurity practices in livestock production can increase profitability by keeping viral diseases at bay and improving production efficiency. It is extremely important that poultry industry, in particular, implement a comprehensive biosecurity programme to ensure better quality production.

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Improved animal disease prevention increasingly vital

FAO_livestock_readyClimate change and increased urbanisation are posing new challenges to animal disease prevention and control.

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