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nce every four years, the VIV Europe tradeshow is taking place in Utrecht, its city of origin in The Netherlands. Over 40 years ago, the show was held here for the first time. After hardly having been able for professionals in the poultry business to meet in person, VIV opens its doors again from 31 May – 2 June at the Jaarbeurs fairgrounds in this city. As usual, a wide array of products, information and business opportunities will be found here. Of course, much knowledge exchange and business deals took place remote in the past few years through internet platforms like Teams, Zoom, Facetime, Skype, you name it. But that was just an alternative way of being in contact. A live event is so much more. Not just a physical meeting place, but also much a matter of inspiring each other, at the exhibition floor, but also during side events. We all know that the poultry business is much under debate, particularly in Europe. The demands for raising poultry are getting stronger, because of the influence of NGOs and the public opinion, as well as because of current legislation which is further tightened here and there. Not just that, it cannot be denied that producing food from animal origin, seriously contributes to the CO2 footprint and thus to the global climate change. This in relation to the increasing demand for food of the continuously growing world population. Productivity and efficiency in raising poultry are essential aspects in this context. The poultry industry therefore needs to permanently adjust to the situation of today. This is, by the way, not just driven by pressure of the public. The professional poultry industry
itself very well understands this reality and also proactively develops new systems, either or not supported by universities and research institutes. One such a good example is the Windstreek (wind direction) poultry house of broiler grower Robert Nijkamp from The Netherlands. In close cooperation with the Wageningen University and a number of suppliers, he developed this very special house which is fully naturally ventilated and energy neutral. Based on continuously collecting “Big Data” from this house and the flock, he precisely adjusts and finetunes the settings of the entire management system and hence produces in a very sustainable and efficient way. Another example is layer welfare. After the ban on cages came in place in the EU in 2012, not everywhere in Europe, the same rules were applied. Now, an initiative to further improve layer welfare across the EU, currently a pilot project is running to disseminate best practices on layer housing European wide. Welfare Professor Dr. Bas Rodenburg of the Utrecht University coordinates this promising project. And there is much more to tell about and explore in the fascinating and above all, important poultry business. Come to VIV Europe and discover yourself. And of course, read about Robert Nijkamp and Bas Rodenburg and other interesting topics again in this edition of aviNews. Enjoy and learn. See you in Utrecht! Ad Bal
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Good quality drinking water
Nutritionist Hendrix Genetics Layers
Birds, at all ages, must always have easy access to clean, fresh and good quality drinking water. Good quality drinking water is clean, clear, fresh, tasteless and free from contaminants. The quality of the drinking water should be regularly checked as contaminated drinking water can cause serious disease problems.
Plastic cooling pads Michael Czarick1 and Brian Fairchild2 1 Extension Engineer 2 Extension Poultry Scientist University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Though paper evaporative cooling pads have been used by poultry producers for decades, plastic pads are a relative new phenomenon. As with any new product, there are a lot of questions. By far the most common question is whether plastic pads can produce the same level of air cooling as traditional paper pads. In short, the answer is yes.
The air cell of the egg Fabio Bittencourt
Specialist in Incubation of chickens and turkeys
The content of this article aims to produce insights for the reader so that we can help you at some point: By the strategy of defining egg handling routines, from broiler breeder farms to the hatchery, or by improving the embryo diagnosis, remembering that it starts with observing the air cell.
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Critical points in the nutrition of laying hens PhD, International Consultant
Modern laying hens have a high genetic potential to produce eggs. If they receive adequate environmental conditions, health, and nutrition, they can maintain over 90% of the laying rate for a long period of the productive cycle. In the last decade, we have seen how genetic progress has generated laying hens with an extraordinary productive persistence.
Emerging parasitic processes in alternative poultry systems David Lizaso Díez de Ulzurrun Artoa Animal Feed Veterinarian
Until now, almost all egg production has been carried out in cages, and therefore parasitic problems have generally not posed any threat to the producer. However, in alternative production systems with access to the outside – especially free-range and organic hens–the parasitic processes caused mainly by nematodes and cestodes gain prominence.
Avian Influenza in North America spring 2022
Edgar O. Oviedo-Rondón
Edgar O. Oviedo-Rondón
North Carolina State University, Prestage Department of Poultry Science, Raleigh, NC Avian influenza (AI) is a broad term used to describe infection or disease in birds caused by Type A influenza virus of the genus Alphainfluenzavirus and family Orthomyxoviridaevirus. The virus is distributed worldwide and can infect many avian species. It can also cause a range of disease symptoms, from subclinical infections to highly virulent disease with close to 100% mortality, and even has a zoonotic risk, a major concern for a potential pandemic.
North Carolina State University, Prestage Department of Poultry Science, Raleigh, NC The American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV) organizes one workshop every year to offer an opportunity for poultry veterinarians to gain knowledge in specific topics necessary in their daily jobs. The 2022 Workshop was titled Sensor data and analytics for poultry health, welfare, and food safety.
Safety of mycotoxins binders in poultry
Traditionally, anti-mycotoxin additives have been used for decades to prevent the harmful effects caused by mycotoxins. Historically, one of the main concerns has been the possibility of negatively affecting performance parameters, through the absorption of essential nutrients, such as minerals and vitamins, within the gastrointestinal tract.
Immunomodulatory and immunostimulating effects of beta-glucan: a review Edson Luiz Bordin MV, Pathologist
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Main learnings of The American College of Poultry Veterinarians Workshop
Nutritional immunology is a new science. It will be more effective when the relationship between nutrition and the immune system is better understood. That’s what we’re going to focus on in this review.
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Interview Professor Dr.Bas Rodenburg
Farm report: Futuristic “Windstreek” house is fully energy neutral
The EU cage ban came into force in 2012. In some counties however, primarily furnished and colony cages replaced conventional cage systems. In order to also phase out these and help farmers in transitioning to non-cage systems, the EU pilot project “Best Practice Hens” was started.
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GOOD QUALITY DRINKING WATER
Estella Leentfaar Nutritionist Hendrix Genetics Layers
irds, at all ages, must always have easy access to clean, fresh and good quality drinking water. Good quality drinking water is clean, clear, fresh, tasteless and free from contaminants. The quality of the drinking water should be regularly checked as contaminated drinking water can cause serious disease problems. Never forget the importance of water: when birds don’t drink, they won’t eat and cannot grow or produce!
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WATER IS AN IMPORTANT NUTRIENT Often neglected as a source of nutrients, but water is a very important nutrient for all production animals. Birds consume at least 1.6 times more water than feed, with an increased amount during the period of reproduction organ development. The birds should be able to easily find, access and drink the water, besides
VISUAL INSPECTION The easiest and cheapest way to inspect the drinking water is by having a look at it. Collect water samples from the source (the well) A sample from the beginning of the water line in the poultry house A sample taken at the end of the line
they should be able to drink as much
Water intake stimulates feed intake and both water and feed are necessary for the birds’ development and the production of eggs. A decrease in water consumption can be an early warning that something is wrong with the health of your flock. Daily water monitoring is therefore an easy and clear monitoring tool.
Compare all samples with each other, this will help to understand where problems with water quality might occur. The source is not always the problem, often the water lines inside the barn can cause problems, e.g. biofilter causing discoloration or
as they need at any time.
debris. Relatively cheap and easy method is to make use of an inspection camera, these cameras can be used to go inside the water system itself and have a closer look what the situation is inside the system.
Good quality water is important as it can also be used as a carrier for vaccines and antibiotics / chemotherapeutics. But on the other hand, it can also be an important source of pathogens! The goal is to keep your water free from biofilm, scale, bacteria, molds, fungus, algae and yeasts, while maintaining the correct chemical values as pH.
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KNOW WHAT YOUR BIRDS ARE DRINKING
WATER SOURCE AND DRINKING SYSTEM The water quality also depends on:
Soluble minerals can easily make interactions in water, this can reduce the
the source of water,
absorption of other minerals found in
type of drinking water system used in
water and feed, therefore certain minerals
the houses (storage vessels, pipelines,
in drinking water can have an indirect
hygiene of the water system.
For example, it is known that high iron and calcium levels can lead to
Make sure the water system is closed
deficiency of other minerals. From
and cannot be contaminated from
several minerals it is known that
the outside. When using storage
they can have a direct effect in the
vessels, pay extra attention to the
performance of the laying hens.
quality of these vessels.
Table 1. Water Quality
When using municipality water, it is important to discuss the water
DO NOT USE
< 4 and > 9
Hardness in German degrees
> 4 < 15
Clear, colourless and odourless
drinking water, because of the risk of
contamination with bird pathogens.
> 200a > 400b
Wild waterfowl travel freely over
with them (i.e. avian influenza)
and dropping large amounts of contaminated droppings on their
sources with your supplier. In general municipality water has different origins, and therefore the water quality could fluctuate more. Borehole water sometimes needs
Oxidizable organic matter mg/l
Coliform bacteria CFU/ml
Total germ count CFU/ml
a for laying hens under 20 weeks of age, for laying hens above 20 weeks of age Source: GD Animal Health b
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some treatments to make it suitable for drinking. Surface water should never be used as a source for
the globe, carrying diseases
resting places along their way.
The water system in the houses should be regularly cleaned and disinfected. It should always be disinfected inbetween flocks and after water treatments. To keep the water system clean in longer production periods it is important to check the water system regularly. If needed it can also be cleaned during production. Make sure that the water systems are working properly after cleaning. In general, a good cleaning of the system in the empty period should
A biofilm is a layer of microorganisms contained in a matrix (slime layer), which forms on surfaces in contact with water. Their presence in drinking water
be sufficient for the whole 16 weeks rearing period and the rearing birds should get the chance to build up some immunity against normal
environmental bacteria’s like E. coli. Semi-
pipe networks can be responsible for a wide range
continuous use of water
of water quality and operational problems.
sanitizers can interfere with this.
WATER TREATMENT A good water treatment program needs to effectively treat water coming into the poultry houses, and keep it clean all the way up to the end of the drinking
Different products can be used for cleaning the system, both in-between flocks, when the houses are cleaned and disinfected, and during the production.
water supply in the poultry house. These products can contain Your water treatment program should complement the water and make the quality consistent over time. Monitoring the water quality before
(combinations of) acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, organic acids and inorganic acids.
and after water treatment should be
Be careful of the percentages used
part of your program.
when using these products in drinking
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Also be careful with the taste and with the acidity of the water. Using acids, pH should be below 4, to achieve the disinfecting effect and above 3.5, otherwise it becomes corrosive and the birds stop drinking. High levels of chlorine have the same effect on the birds.
WATER ANALYSIS In order to know the drinking water quality that is provided to your hens, you can analyze the water. A proper analysis starts with good sampling and storage conditions. In total 2 liters of water should be enough to do both a chemical and microbiological analysis.
To have an efficient disinfection with
The frequency of checking should be at
chlorine, decrease the PH.
least once every 3 months. When checking water quality, it is important to check the water that
There must be no organic matter in the water, and a low iron and manganese concentration: if these conditions are not met, a proper water disinfection with
chloride is not efficient. Using only organic acids as a water sanitizer for a longer period can be dangerous. You can see growth of yeasts and moult in the water.
It is better to use acids and chlorine alternatively. However, always keep in mind the instructions and dosage of the supplier of the products.
Tip Adding natural dye to the cleaning products that you enter in the water line will allow you to monitor the flow of the cleaning products. You can easily check if it reached the end of the line, and next to that, also when it is completely removed from the water drinking system.
your birds are receiving, as most contamination occurs via the drinking water system and not necessarily at the source. In the Table 2 we give some simple indicators and tools to estimate the drinking water quality.
Table 2. Simple indicators and tools to estimate the drinking water quality
ESTIMATION OF WATER QUALITY pH
pH meter or pH paper
Calcium sediments at the nipples, tap or in water cooker
Clarity, sediment, biofilm
Sulphur, faecal contamination
Salty Source: layinghens.hendrix-genetics.com
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An easy checklist for water supply towards your birds
Can the small birds easily activate the nipples? What is the nipple flow rate?
Is the water according to the recommendations?
Are there enough drinkers/nipples per bird installed?
Can the birds easily find and drink the water?
What is the water pressure?
For day-old chicks, is there enough light to find the water from the start? Is the water fresh (e.g. has the system been flushed shortly before the delivery of the day-old chickens)?
Always clean carefully your water systems between flocks, but be cautious when
Is the height of the drinkers correct? (adjust it over time as the chicks will grow)
leaving organic acids in mixing tanks and the
Is the system of the drinkers used the same during the different phases of production (rearing versus lay)?
and therefore biofilm issues. Always flush the
drinking lines. These acids may result in slime drinking lines prior the new flock enters the barn. In this way you still have time to solve
Are bell drinkers used or nipple drinkers, what was used in rearing?
any issue with the drinking lines and the quality of the drinking water.
What kind of nipples?
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PLASTIC COOLING PADS MAY COMPETE TO PAPER PADS equipment
Michael Czarick and Brian Fairchild Department of Poultry Science University of Georgia, Athens, GA USA
Though paper evaporative cooling pads have been used by poultry producers for decades, plastic pads are a relative new phenomenon. As with any new product, there are a lot of questions. By far the most common question is whether plastic pads can produce the same level of air cooling as traditional paper pads. In short, the answer is yes. But just because plastic pads are capable of producing the same level of cooling as paper pads, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will.
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Average temperature (oF)
Average RV (%)
New paper – Old system
Plastic B New System
Plastic B Old System
Plastic BD Old System
A study comparing plastic pads to traditional paper pads was begun in the Spring of 2020 on a six-house broiler farm in North Georgia. Three of the 54’ X 500’ (16,5 x 150 meter) houses were equipped with plastic pads from two different manufacturers. One house was equipped with plastic pads provided by Big Dutchman* and two houses were equipped with plastic pads provided by Barku*. In one of the houses equipped with the Barku pads, the six-year-old water distribution systems were replaced with new systems manufactured by Barku. In order for accurate comparisons to be made between plastic and paper pads, the six-year-old, six inch (45o X 15o) paper pads in one of the houses were replaced with new 6” (45o X 15o) paper pads provided by Kuul*.
During the last ten days of the warmest summertime flock of 2021 (tunnel fans were operating 24 hours a day), the evaporative cooling pads were set to turn on at 80ºF (26.7 C) and off at 79ºF (26.1 C). No interval timers were used. Incoming air temperatures and RH, measured 18” from the evaporative cooling pads, were recorded every five minutes as were outside temperature and RH. Outside temperatures during the ten-day period ranged from around 90oF (32.2 oC) during the day to 70oF (21.1 oC) at night. Incoming air temperatures during the warmest times of the day (10 AM - 6 PM) were found to be very similar in all the houses (Table 1).
Since there was a minimal difference in incoming air temperatures, it was not unexpected to find that the incoming RH for all the houses were similar as well.
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Table 1. Average air temperature and RH between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM during the last ten days of the flock
11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 AM 12:30 AM 1:00 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM
Plastic B - News System Plastic BD - Old System
Plastic B- Old System Outside T
News Paper - Old System
Figure 1. Incoming air temperatures
100 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50
11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 AM 12:30 AM 1:00 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM
That being said, the incoming air temperature for the house with plastic pads installed in the new distribution system was consistently cooler than the other houses, including the house with same plastic pad installed in the older distribution system.
As seen when the birds were present, there was minimal difference in the incoming temperature and relative humidity between the five study houses (Figures 1 and 2).
100 98 96 94 92 90 88 86 84 82 80
RH (%) / TEMP. (F)
The week after the birds were sold, daytime highs were in the mid-nineties. On one day all the tunnel fans were turned on in the study houses and the pads were operated between the hours of 12 PM and 5 PM.
Difficult to wet It is important to keep in mind that since plastic pads do not wick water like
Plastic B - News System Plastic BD - Old System
Plastic B- Old System Outside T
News Paper - Old System Outside Rh
Figure 2. Incoming RH
paper pads, they are more difficult to thoroughly wet and as a result are prone to produce less cooling than paper pads.
You have probably seen the wicking
The wicking action of paper pads is often
nature of paper pads in action when
the bottom of the pad is sitting on an overfilled reservoir pipe and the bottom six to twelve inches of the pad is wet even
If a distribution pipe hole or two are
though the circulation pump is off.
clogged or a circulation pump is not
Since there is essentially no wicking
circulating the proper amount of water,
action with plastic evaporative cooling
the entire pad area will still tend to be
pads, it is crucial that the water
wet due to water moving from the wet
distribution system is delivering as much
areas of pad to the dry areas.
water as possible to all pad surfaces.
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Wherein the past the farm manager would partially close the valve above the circulation pump to keep water from spraying out the top of the distribution system to a minimum, the valves above were opened fully. This was necessary because during
Though fully opening the valves did
preliminary testing it was discovered
result in significant water wastage in
that when the valves were partially
the houses with the older distribution
closed, portions of the plastic pads
systems, it was deemed necessary
remained dry, which resulted in a
in order to determine the maximum
reduction in cooling.
cooling ability of the plastic pads.
Twice the volume new distribution system and the older distribution systems on the farm was that the circulation pump in the new system was capable of circulating roughly twice the volume of water.
To date, the field study has demonstrated that plastic pads are capable of producing similar cooling to traditional paper pads. The lack of wicking action makes plastic pads more difficult to thoroughly wet compared to paper pads, which may result in reduced cooling in certain situations.
An equally important difference was
Having a distribution system capable
that distribution system cover was cable
of efficiently circulating a large
of focusing the increased volume of
volume of water over plastic pads
water onto the top of the pads with
will help insure that they produce the
little to no water wastage.
necessary level of cooling to keep
One of the key differences between the
birds comfortable during hot weather.
The ability of the new distribution system to deliver roughly twice the water to the pads very likely contributed to the slightly greater cooling produced by the plastic pads installed in the new distribution systems than those pads in the older distribution systems.
Source: poultryventilation.com *Trade and brand names are used only for information. The Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences does not guarantee nor warrant the standard of any product mentioned; neither does it imply approval of any products to the exclusion of others that may also be suitable.
Had all distribution systems been replaced, the slight cooling differences observed between the study houses may have been different.
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THE AIR OF THE Author: Fabio Bittencourt Broiler and turkey incubation Specialist
This phenomenon, when properly understood, is very relevant for anyone who wants to improve the productivity of their hatchery.
The content of this article aims to produce insights for the reader so that we can help you at some point: Or by the strategy of defining egg handling routines, from broiler breeder farms to the hatchery, Or by improving the embryo diagnosis, remembering that it starts with observing the air cell.
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PROPERLY DEFINED FEATURES When the egg is laid, it does not contain an air cell. The membranes and the eggshell are taking up the space.
The air cell is located between the inner and outer shell membranes, which remain in contact with the albumen and the shell, respectively.
The size of the air cell varies according to:
Eggshell Inner membrane Outer membrane
The air cell is sometimes called the air space or air chamber.
The permeability of the shell, the age of the egg, and the temperature and humidity conditions to which the egg is subjected.
Its shape resembles a double convex lens.
The curvature of its outer boundary is the same as that of the shell. The opposite side may be less convex if the air cell is small. But it resembles the curvature of the outer boundary if the air cell is large.
The size of the air chamber is also related to the size of the egg. The larger the size of the egg, the larger the air chamber.
Albumen Blastodisc Yolk
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How quickly the air cell form depends on how the egg is cooled after being laid.
If the air temperature is low, the air cell may appear within a short time, such as two minutes.
Therefore, the initial size of the air cell represents the reduction in the volume of the eggs.
There is considerable evidence supporting the previous explanation of the origin of the air cell. For example, the refrigerated egg has its air chamber enlarged. The opposite is also true, it becomes smaller when the egg is kept warm.
In a hot and humid environment, it may take several hours to form.
In most chicken eggs,
It is worth noting why it is not recommended to incubate the egg during the day or even before lowering 6a 10
they appear in 6 to 10 minutes. Immediately after emergence, its average diameter is 0.5 to 0.9 cm, and the volume is 0.1 to 0.2 cc, depending on the size of the egg. But after two hours, it will be 1.3 to 1.5 cm in diameter.
Since the egg begins to lose heat immediately after it is laid and continues until its internal temperature approaches that of the air around it.
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the internal temperature. The formation of the air chamber does not depend on chalazae or the yolk.
The normal position of the air cell is at the farthest angle of the egg (Figures 1 and 2) and its functions are: Perform gas exchange. Provide air to the embryo to pip the inner membrane, the moment when pulmonary respiration begins. The embryo head rests directly under the air cell, a reference measurement position for the external height of the internal and external pipping.
If the air cell is not at the wider end of the egg, the chick can incubation
suffocate inside the shell.
The inadequate size and position of the air cell will make it difficult for the chick to pip the eggshell properly. In Figure 3 the typical section is observed, while in Figure 4 the section is abnormal, which will lead to a lesion at the crest insertion level. Figure 1. The air cell should widen to reach the widest diameter of the egg.
Figure 4. Normal eggshell When you notice these lesions on the
Figure 3. Normal eggshell.
beak (Figure 5) it is a sign that this chick spent a lot of energy to get out of the eggshell, much above what is considered normal. This extra effort will directly impact the quality of the chick (example: less livability).
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In this way, the wide part where the air cell will form will come in contact with nest or bedding materials. And as we’ve already talked about how the air chamber is formed, it’s evident that eggs with dirt on the wider end are more likely to be contaminated. Figure 5. Chick with beak lesion. When this is perceived, it is recommended to reduce this negative impact to avoid the holding time of these chicks longer than five hours after hatching.
After its formation, the air cell increases in size and causes the evaporation of humidity from the egg contents. For this reason, air cell size is often taken as an index of egg quality and age.
These chicks should be housed as soon as possible and, preferably, they are not subjected to long trips, as this will worsen their quality.
INADEQUATE POSITION OF THE AIR CELL
POROSITY Usually, but not consistently, eggshell pores are more numerous at the egg’s larger end than at the smaller. So this gives us a reasonable basis for setting up our egg collection program because when the egg is laid, the part of the air cell comes out of the cloaca first.
In fresh eggs, the air cell is rarely displaced from its normal position at the egg’s larger end. However, sometimes the air cell can be found at the narrower end, or on one side, of the egg. Sometimes, the air cell appears to be within the egg’s inner membrane, and it moves freely around the albumen throughout the egg. This is known in artificial incubation as a mobile air cell.
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One way to solve this doubt is to separate these eggs when found, cook them in water and open them after they are cold. Then we will be able to see where exactly the air cell is.
This fact is observed in a widespread way in hatcheries, which causes significant damage. When we have many eggs with such characteristics, we have great possibilities of
In double yolk eggs, the air cell is almost always shifted to the side of the egg.
increasing the contamination of eggs by the so-called microcracks.
ROUGH HANDLING OF EGGS Rough handling, particularly in transport, can damage the eggshell the egg’s contents and thus accelerate
Eggs with air cells of this type are not
appropriate for prolonged storage. It can result in a relaxation of the
The dissonance can cause separation
albuminous structure, including
between the shell membrane and the
chalazae, whose function is to keep the yolk in its central position for the proper development of the egg embryo.
egg membrane, resulting in a somewhat mobile or unstable air cell. Sometimes
and the architectural distribution of
a loose air chamber consists of several air bubbles forming when the inner membrane ruptures.
The air cell of the egg
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IN THE NUTRITION OF
Douglas Zaviezo Ph. D. International Consultant LPN Congress 2021 Miami, USA-October 2021
odern laying hens have a high genetic potential to produce eggs. If they receive
adequate environmental conditions, health, and nutrition, they can maintain over 90% of the laying rate for a long period of the productive
In the last decade, we have seen how genetic progress has generated laying hens with an extraordinary productive persistence, accompanied by a slight decrease in body weight, feed intake, and egg size, reaching 50% production earlier than ten years ago.
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Modern laying hens, a challenge for nutritionists
Therefore, it is necessary to prepare the layers to start the lay with a suitable size
Modern laying hens represent a challenge
for nutritionists, as one can no longer
A feed intake of at least 95 g and
entirely rely on scientific information
ideally 100 g daily with an adequate
generated in the past with other types of
calcium reserve means a well-
formed medullary bone. To interrelate the above parameters, the rearing diets must stimulate the increase in the size of the digestive tract and increase the levels of fiber. It is also important to use feed with a
One could think of an increase in nutritional requirements. However, they still produce one egg per day, with slightly reduced daily egg mass. Therefore, daily nutritional requirements should not have increased; hence the importance of considering the nutritional requirements of the hen in the laying phase based on a daily intake of nutrients
granulometry of around 1.0 to 1.2 mm from the fifth week of age.
It is recommended to use fiber levels of 3.5% from 5 – 11 weeks and
The importance of reaching the bodyweight during rearing
3.5 to 4.5% from 12 to 18 weeks of age. Pullet rearing diets from 0 – 4 and 5 – 11 weeks of age should
One of the frequent problems today is in birds that are reaching peak production and cannot consume enough feed. Thus, they have to rely on their fat and bone structure to compensate for the lack of nutrients, generating a typical drop-in production that will impact the performance of the hens for
be formulated with no less than 18 and 16% protein, respectively, with corresponding amino acids to ensure good growth. Metabolizable energy levels should not drop below 2,750 kcal/kg after 12 weeks.
the rest of their days if stocks are not adequate and demand is high.
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Bone formation For bone formation, the nutrition of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D3 during growth is essential. Maintaining the proper ratio between available calcium and phosphorus and providing adequate levels of these minerals during pre-laying for proper medullary bone formation.
Medullary bone formation begins about ten days before laying, and the bird’s skeleton increases by 20%. This is due to a hormonal synergism of estrogens and androgens that indirectly increase the absorption and retention of calcium and phosphorus.
This process is reflected externally with the growth and coloration of the comb and barbels. It is completed by around 30 weeks of age. During laying, the formation of the medullary bone occurs between each ovulation and is due exclusively to the action of estrogens. The calcium in this bone (approximately 1 g) is always available for eggshell formation.
Anatomical part (cm) 7
Functions Gamete formation Yolk deposit Fertilization vitelline membranes
Time 150 days 10 days 20m
10 Uterus 10 Cloaca
Diagram of the egg formation.
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Albumen Hydration Eggshell formation Oviposition
From 24 to 26 hours
It is necessary to deliver enough nutrients to the diet at the right time for this process to work. Otherwise, marrow reserve will be maintained at the expense of structural bone, resulting in leg weakness and cage fatigue.
Calcium The particle size of the calcium source is one of the essential measures to maintain good eggshell quality. Particles larger than 2 mm are retained in the gizzard and slowly solubilized, delaying the assimilation of calcium. This dietary calcium will be available during the night when the greatest calcification of the eggshell occurs. The hen will not rely exclusively on the medullary
Kidney 1c, hydroxylase 1,25 (OH)2D3
Calcium in blood
D3 Liver 25, hydroxylase
Egg Figure 1. Calcium homeostasis (modified from Soares 1984)
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Phosphorus level The dietary level of available phosphorus is also important in the quality of the eggshell. An appropriate level and ratio of available calcium and phosphorous are necessary for optimal bone calcification and medullary bone formation during bird growth.
However, during laying, a
relatively high level of available phosphorus inhibits calcium mobilization from bone; Because although there is availability of dietary calcium during the night, the hen will always resort to the medullary bone to obtain part of the calcium that goes to the eggshell. Also, the mobilization of
Adequate vitamin D3 inclusion in the diet is essential for good bone and eggshell calcification. Metabolites of vitamin D3 are currently available to increase calcium retention and reduce mortality.
Zinc, manganese, and copper
calcium from the bone implies the presence of a high level of phosphorus in the blood.
It is also crucial that the diet contains adequate zinc, manganese, and copper levels because they participate in the formation of the internal membranes or cuticles of the eggshell and the
Therefore, limiting the level of available phosphorus in the diet, especially after 60 weeks of age, is necessary to improve eggshell quality.
organic matrix of the shell. Zinc aids in the availability of carbonate to form calcium carbonate in the eggshell. The addition of these minerals through a good organic source has been found to be more beneficial.
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Heat stress and eggshell quality When hens are under heat stress, the continuous panting generates a drop of carbonate in the blood and the consequent deterioration of the quality of the eggshell due to due to a lack of carbonate. To improve the situation, in this case, the use of sodium bicarbonate in the diet up to a maximum of 0.3% should be adviced to replace salt. Furthermore, vitamin C can be added to the diet, which favors converting 25(OH) D3 to 1,25(OH)2 D3. Feed and water consumption
can also be increased with one additional hour of nightlight.
Feed selection by the hen Laying hens need a minimum daily intake of metabolizable energy of 280 to 300 kcal/kg with a balanced intake of digestible amino acids, minerals, and vitamins to ensure adequate egg production and size. When the hen is in production, it can select different diet components during
Levels equal to or greater than 17% crude
protein have traditionally been used in
This is a very efficient process, so it is recommended to present a feed where the grain and the calcium source have
laying hen diets. However, the current trend is to formulate based on the essential digestible amino acid requirements.
a particle size between 3 and 5 mm,
Excessive levels of protein in the diet
promoting its selection.
not only means a high additional cost
At least 2% additional oil or high lipid ingredients, such as whole soybeans, are recommended to reduce dust and assist the bird with finer feed selection.
of the formula but can also affect the productive performance of layers, especially when the hens are under heat stress conditions.
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Its digestion and metabolism generate
The amount of information that has been
an unnecessary body caloric increase,
generated about the digestibility of amino
circulating amino acids increase, decreasing
acids in raw materials and the required levels
appetite and causing the excretion of
allows us to formulate laying hen diets with
excessive amounts of uric acid, with energy
greater precision. Table 1 shows the updated
expenditure, which will ultimately increase
range of suggested daily intake levels of
digestible amino acids for laying hens.
It is important to mention that laying hens do not have a crude protein requirement. They only need an amount that ensures a sufficient nitrogen reserve to synthesize
dispensable amino acids.
During the last decade, many studies have been carried out to determine the daily needs of amino acids in laying hens. Therefore, formulating a proven practice based on the essential digestible amino acid requirements. Layers fed a 13 to 14% protein diet, adequately supplemented with pure amino acids (methionine, lysine, tryptophan,
Digestible amino acid
800 - 750
400 - 375
Met + Cys
705 - 660
840 - 790
575 - 540
170 - 160
710 - 670
630 - 590
960 - 900
Table 1. The suggested ratio of digestible amino acids for laying hens.
arginine, threonine, valine, and isoleucine) have been shown to perform optimally, similar to those fed a control diet with 16% or 18% protein. Accurate and reliable values of digestible amino acids in the
ingredients are essential to obtain these results.
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EMERGING PARASITIC PROCESSES IN ALTERNATIVE POULTRY SYSTEMS David Lizaso Díez de Ulzurrun Artoa Animal Feed Veterinarian
ntil now, almost all egg
Little did I predict when I finished my veterinary
production has been carried
degree at the University of Zaragoza, back in 1996,
out in cages, and therefore
that one of the headaches in the exercise of my
parasitic problems have generally not
profession as a poultry veterinarian would be the
posed any threat to the producer.
parasitic processes caused mainly by nematodes
However, in alternative production systems with access to the outside –especially free-range and organic hens– the parasitic processes caused mainly by nematodes and cestodes gain prominence.
Unlike the well-known problems caused by protozoan parasites of the Eimeria genus or the Cryptosporidium genus widespread in poultry production in general. Additionally, the irruption in the market of the different alternative egg production systems –mainly free-range and organic hens– with abroad caused my first necropsy encounters with these worms in the digestive tract of our hens.
Figure 1. Heterakis gallinarum
One of the main reasons, if not the main reason why egg producers modernized their farms and introduced hens in cages, was undoubtedly to avoid the parasites that had given them so much problems in the past. The fact that practically all egg production was carried out in cages for decades meant that parasites generally did not threaten the egg producer. In my beginnings with alternative systems, I remember rereading books on avian parasitology from the 1950s and 1960s since modern
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Nematodes In general, nematodes constitute
The eggs deposited by the
the most important group of
females reach the outside
helminth parasites of birds.
through the droppings.
In addition, they greatly exceed both
For the eggs to become infective
the number of species and the damage
for birds, extracorporeal existence
caused to trematodes and cestodes.
is necessary since the conditions within the definitive host are adverse to their development.
Description Nematodes, or roundworms, are usually spindle-shaped with attenuated anterior and posterior ends. Transverse grooves often mark their cuticle, and they can have fins on both the front and back of the body.
Outside, with optimal humidity and temperature factors, embryonation takes place, usually lasting between 10 and 12 days. Finally, the hens become infected: By directly ingesting the embryonated eggs and the free larvae
By ingesting the intermediate host – grasshoppers, ants, beetles, snails, etc.
Figure 2. Usual morphology of nematodes
By injecting the larvae by a hematophagous arthropod
With few exceptions, nematodes are sexually
The families of nematodes that most affect
laying hens are Ascaridiidae, Heterakidae, and Capillariidae, which generally cause
Generally, the male can
weight loss in birds and correlate with a
be distinguished from the
greater or lesser parasite load. Hens infected
female by the presence of
with large numbers of Ascaris suffer from:
two chitinous structures known as spicules located
Loss of blood
on the back of the body.
The function of these spicules is to keep the female’s vagina, and vulva open during copulation
Thymus retraction An Increase in mortality is mainly caused by the appearance of secondary infections, which take
and, to some extent, guide
advantage of that parasitism.
sperm into the vagina. Half of the nematodes do not require invertebrate intermediate hosts for their
Figure 3. Ascaridia galli
development, but the other half do and use insects, slugs, snails, etc., during the early stages of development.
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Fight against nematodes
Periodic rotations in parks
Reduction of intermediate hosts –insecticides–
Birds infected with these nematodes
Eliminate the largest number of adults
show signs of weakness and emaciation and often spend a lot of time with their eyes closed and their heads thrown back. They move their heads forward and up and open their mouths wide to inhale air from time to time. They also often make convulsive shakes of the head to remove the obstruction of the
A notable effect of the infection, at least from an aesthetic point of view, is the appearance of the adult individual in the hen’s egg.
trachea to reestablish normal breathing.
Supposedly the worms migrate up the oviduct through the cloaca with
Figure 4. Heterakis Gallinarium
Symptoms after nematode infestation In laying hens, one of the first symptoms that appear after a nematode infestation is the increase in declassified eggs, mainly pale eggs. There are other nematodes, such as Oxyspirura, located in the eye of birds or Syngamus with tropism for the trachea. The Syngamus nematode is very peculiar
subsequent inclusion in the egg.
in that the larvae mainly penetrate the duodenum and are transported to the lungs by the bloodstream through the liver and heart.
Control measures against nematodes Most of the control measures against nematodes focus on the life cycle’s interruption. So it is convenient to work on three fronts: Eliminating the largest number of adults through the use of authorized anti-worms such as flubendazole or piperazine. Reducing the largest number
The larvae probably rupture capillaries
of intermediate hosts such as
in the lung in the interlobular connective
snails, grasshoppers, ants, or flies
tissue and migrate into the parabronchi,
through the use of insecticides
molting and developing into the adult stage. Adults enter the trachea and become firmly attached to the trachea wall 11 days after infection.
Management of the parks, carrying out periodic rotations to avoid a high parasitic load.
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Cestodes and trematodes Known colloquially as “flatworms,” they belong to the genus Platyhelminths phylum and are found with some
Flukes are also flat parasitic organisms but differ from nematodes by having a digestive system and not having separate proglottids. The life cycle of all trematodes
frequency in the intestinal tract of
that parasitize birds requires a mollusk
birds with access to the outside.
as an intermediate host, usually snails.
The times of greatest abundance are As the adult trematodes and the
greater presence of intermediate hosts such as earthworms, snails, or insects. There are three families –Davainidae, Dilepididae, and Hymenolepidae– and the most common genera are
spring and summer, mainly due to the
larval metacercariae invade almost all the cavity and tissue of the birds, they can be found unexpectedly at necropsy. The body of the adult resembles a leaf and has two suckers.
Amoebotaenia, Davainea, Raillietina...
commonly segmented with individual segments called proglottids. One or more gravid proglottids are shed daily from the posterior distal end of the worm. Tapeworms are characterized by the Absence of a complete digestive system and feed by absorbing the intestinal contents of the host. Birds become infected by ingesting the intermediate host, which introduces the larval stage into the intestine of the definitive host. Most cestodes are usually a specific host for a type of bird or group of birds, so it is crucial to diagnose the species as close as possible to establish specific control measures depending on the type of cestode. The cestodes cause emaciation, inflammation of the villi, and the consequent loss of weight, altering the productive parameters.
They lack an anus, so the excretion of the eggs occurs through collecting tubes that empty through a pore near the rear end of the parasite.
Cestodes are flattened, ribbon-shaped worms,
One species of Prosthogonimus causes losses for poultry producers by drastically reducing egg production, although its occurrence is relatively uncommon.
All trematodes require a mollusk as an intermediate host, usually snails. As with nematodes, the evolution of production systems from the 1960s towards the confinement of birds almost totally reduced the appearance of these parasitic processes. In the USA, in 1932, between 20% and 25% of the birds that were sent to the laboratory had this type of parasite in their digestive tract. Thus, returning to production
Figure 5. Head of a cestode of the family Hymenolepididae
systems with access to parks caused by consumer demand for differentiated poultry products has brought with it the emergence of almost forgotten pathologies.
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The incubation period is usually
Fortunately, we have antiparasitics to carry at the ovarian level, so they do not limit the placing of eggs on the market. It is important to remember the different intermediate hosts’ fundamental roles. Since, when it comes to closing the parasite’s life cycle, everything that reduces their presence in
around 7-12 days and originates when
out treatments that are also not absorbed
the histomonas penetrates through the wall of the ceca, multiplies, passes into the bloodstream, and finally parasitizes the liver. The first signs to appear are sulfur-colored stools, and in some cases, bloody cecal excretions may appear that can confuse the
the parks will contribute
diagnosis with coccidiosis.
to the non-appearance of these parasitic processes and, therefore,
Figure 7. Histomona meleagridis
to the improvement in the sanitary status of the birds.
Figure 6. Railletiniosis
Histomoniasis I do not want to finish this article without special mention of this disease caused by a protozoan called Histomona meleagridis. Recent cases are reported in Europe, mainly linked to the peak production period. The essential role in the emergence of this process of the cecal worm Heterakis gallinarum and earthworms comprise one of the most intriguing relationships in parasitology. Histomonas are found in the epithelial cells of the intestine of worms, and it is these that act as transport hosts in which Heterakis eggs hatch, and the juvenile forms survive in the infective stages.
The earthworm serves to collect Heterakis eggs in the production of alternative systems with access to the outside.
Histomonas meleagridis lesions affect a large part of the liver.
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Histomoniasis is transmitted through Heterakis eggs.
Since transmission of histomoniasis
occurs via heterakis eggs, effective
Primary lesions occur in the ceca
control measures are primarily directed
and liver. After tissue invasion,
at reducing or eliminating this parasite.
the cecal walls are thickened with a serous and hemorrhagic
Preventive chemotherapy through the
exudate that becomes
use of anti worms is very effective
caseous in its central part.
in controlling intermediate hosts. Within the anti worms, there are only two
registered with a suppression period in eggs of 0 days, which are flubendazole and fenbendazole. Therefore, they would
Thickening of cecal walls
be the only ones that could be used in
production without diverting the eggs. It is crucial to emphasize that currently, poultry veterinarians do not have any specific drug to combat Histomoniasis directly. Still, we can only
act against intermediate hosts, which
Liver lesions appear ten days postinfection, and their appearance
drastically reduces the effectiveness of controlling this disease.
is very varied. They are usually circular areas of necrosis 1 cm in diameter circumscribed
The imidazole derivatives used in
by an annular elevation.
the past cannot be used today. The periods of sanitary vacuum are of particular importance. We must
In severe infections, the lesions may be small and numerous, discolored green or tan in color, and involve much of the surface of the liver.
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AVIAN INFLUENZA IN NORTH AMERICA
Edgar O. Oviedo-Rondón1 and Rocio Crespo2 1Prestage Department of Poultry Science - North Carolina State University 2College of Veterinary Medicine - North Carolina State University
vian influenza (AI) is a broad term used to describe infection or disease in birds
caused by Type A influenza virus of the genus Alphainfluenzavirus and family Orthomyxoviridaevirus. The virus is distributed worldwide and can infect many avian species. It can also cause a range of disease symptoms, from subclinical infections to highly virulent disease with close to 100% mortality, and even has a zoonotic risk, a major concern for a potential pandemic
The influenza virus was first isolated in the early half of the twentieth century. Since 1959, 44 genetically distinct epizootics associated with high mortality in poultry have been described. The largest outbreak spread intercontinentally began in 1996 in domestic geese in China.
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Influenza viruses are classified by examining
The viruses can cause localized
the nuclear and matrix proteins
infections, primarily associated with
There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C. All avian influenza viruses are type A.
respiratory disease, and are usually referred to as low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) viruses. The viruses that cause systemic infections typically
Traditionally, type A influenza viruses are classified into subtypes based
have high mortality and are categorized as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses.
on antigenic differences of the two surface proteins hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N).
The LPAI viruses can be of many different hemagglutinin and
These two proteins on the virus surface make it capable of entering and exiting host cells.
neuraminidase subtypes. Although most of the viruses that belong to the H5 and H7 subtypes are
At least 16 hemagglutinins and nine neuraminidase subtypes are recognized
generally low pathogenic, they have the potential to mutate to HPAI.
from avian origin. Consequently, the numbers.
subtype is labeled with the N and H
M2 io channel
Nuclear export protein (NEP)
Polimerase complex (PA, PB1,PB2)
Photo 1. Influenza virus structure
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In 1996, an HPAI H5N1 emerged in Hong Kong and Guangdong. This virus is known as H5NI A/goose/ Guangdong/1/1996 (Gs/GD). Between 2008 and 2010, this virus generated novel reassortments by introducing other neuraminidase subtypes (i.e., H5N2, H5N3, H5N5, H5N6, and H5N8).
Five genetic order clades (a, b, c, d, and h) predominate in these H5Nx HPAI outbreaks. These viruses were transferred to different continents by wild migratory birds that follow seasonal flyway patterns around the North Pole and occasionally contact birds that migrate from and to the South.
The 188.8.131.52c lineage was responsible for a major outbreak in North America between 2014 and 2015 after wild birds crossed from Asia via Bering Strait.
The H5Nx HPAI Gs/GD continues to circulate and evolve in wild birds and poultry and has been responsible for most outbreaks in poultry in the last 15 years.
The WHO/FAO/OIE H5 Evolutionary Working Group clustered these H5Nx HPAI Gs/GD viruses into a systematic and
unified nomenclature of clade 184.108.40.206. In virology, a clade describes groups of similar viruses based on their genetic sequences, and changes in those viruses
That outbreak was the worst animal disease epidemic in US history. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that more than 200 premises were affected in 15 States, with more than 48 million birds depopulated.
can also be tracked using phylogeny.
This genetic subgroup was eradicated from poultry in June 2015 and somehow disappeared
The clade 220.127.116.11 has diverged into eight genetic subgroups labeled from a to h. Since 2014 this linage of viruses has spread in: Europe, Middle Eastern, Africa, and North America
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from wild birds in North America by the end of 2016. So far, there is no clear explanation why subgroup c disappeared.
clade 18.104.22.168b subgroup appeared in Europe. These viruses then spread to Africa and Asia. Late in 2021, the virus was detected in North America. It is believed that these viruses came from Europe to North America via the North Atlantic flyway (Photo 2). Molecular biology studies have demonstrated that Eastern Canada viruses are most closely related to European viruses from Spring 2021.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has indicated that
The observed persistence and continuous circulation of HPAI viruses in migratory and resident wild birds will continue to pose a risk for the poultry industry in Europe for the coming months. Some European countries have reported the presence of these 22.214.171.124b subgroup viruses in mammals. In the last five months:
2021, and March 2022, 2,653 HPAI
The UK reported one human infection with A(H5N1),
virus detections were reported in
China 17 human infections with A(H5N6), and
In Europe, between December 9,
33 European countries and the UK in poultry (1,030), wild (1,489), and captive birds (133).
Viral migration of Group A HPAI
Dec 2014-Jun 2015 in North America
China and Cambodia 15 infections with A(H9N2) virus.
Since HPAI H5 viruses of the clade 126.96.36.199 were first detected in 2014, only 77
Viral migration of Group B HPAI
people have been reported to be infected
Viral migration of Group C HPAI
in China. EFSA and other International
Viral migration of Group D HPAI
Organizations consider that the risk of
Breeding site of migratory wild birds
infection for the general population is
Virus circulation in poultry
low, and for occupationally exposed people to infected flocks, low to medium. There is consensus in the scientific community and food safety specialists that infection with avian influenza virus in humans is not possible by consuming poultry products like poultry meat or eggs. Jan 2014 Winter 2014-2015 Winter 2016-2017 Winter 2016-2017
Jan 2014-Apr 2016 in South Korea
Photo 2. Geographic map showing movement patterns of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) clade 188.8.131.52 viruses. Source: Lee et al. J Vet Sci 2017, 18(SI), 269-280, 2017 https://doi.org/10.4142/jvs.2017.18.S1.269 39
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In the last quarter of 2016, the HPAI H5
THE CURRENT SITUATION IN NORTH AMERICA
Outbreaks Since December 2021, the H5Nx Gs/GD
The viruses isolated in the USA are closely
Eurasian HPAI lineage (clade 184.108.40.206) has
related to Eastern Canada viruses.
affected wild birds and non-commercial and commercial poultry in North America. The first detection occurred in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, in black-backed gulls and a backyard flock with mixed poultry species.
As of April 20, 2022, the USA has reported 582 wild birds, 138 commercial and 75 noncommercial flocks in 29 States affected by 220.127.116.11b HPAI virus (Photo 3). This outbreak has affected more than 28.81 million poultry,
The current outbreaks include:
15.3 million laying hens and pullets in 14 cases,
migratory aquatic birds,
2.1 million broilers in 9 locations,
3.9 million turkeys in 93 cases, and
backyard and village poultry,
over a hundred thousand mixed flocks
in 7 cases.
Photo 3. Distribution of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5 and H5N1 in North America, 2021/2022.
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Transmission and carriers in North America Constant updates are available on several websites from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the USDA, for wild birds and commercial and
The AI virus transmits by: Contact between naive and infected birds and Indirect contact with contaminated
equipment and materials. WILD BIRDS
Infected birds excrete the virus in feces and secretions of the
COMMERCIAL AND BACKYARD
upper respiratory tract and eyes. Waterfowl and shorebirds are the
Chickens infected with the clade 18.104.22.168b
generally show no signs of illness
HPAI virus present severe early illness
but excrete the virus for long
in one- or two days post-exposure with
periods. The H5 HPAI Gs/GD can
ruffled feathers and extreme lethargy. By
cause mortality to wild birds.
natural reservoirs of AI, and they
the third day, birds become: Cyanotic with necrotic combs and wattles Wild birds migrate with seasons, and Presenting with necropsy hemorrhages
consequently, when they contact infected
birds from contaminated areas, they can receive the virus and disseminate the
infection as they follow their migratory pathways.
Most birds in North America are There are no apparent signs in turkeys until
migratory according to the National
close to death, but the severe lethargy,
Audubon Society (Photo 4)
huddling, and ruffled feathers are common. Turkeys also can present locomotion issues and neurological symptoms.
70% of birds in North America migrate More than 80% make their seasonal flights at night.
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Ornithologists recognized four main flyways:
Photo 4. Birds’ migration in North America.
MOST BIRDS IN NORTH AMERICA ARE MIGRATORY
Mississippi, Central, and Pacific flyways.
70% of terrestrial recurring birds are migratory
80% These natural bird behaviors represent a higher risk for poultry.
of those birds migrate at night
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY CENTRAL FLYWAY
Looking at the current reports of HPAI detection between December 2021 and today, we observe that all migratory flyways are
compromised in these outbreaks.
Photo 5 and Photo 6. Map of 2022 H5N1 reported in the United States and Canada for 2021-2022.
So far, no H5 Gs/GD Eurasian HPAI has been reported in Mexico or other countries in the south covered by the Central or Pacific flyways
(Photo 5 and Photo 6).
After the second week of April, the number of cases detected in the Southern States has reduced but increased in the Northern States. This epidemiological pattern reflects the migratory movement of wild birds to the North in this period of the year. The epidemiological trend reduces risk in the broiler-producing States in the USA. Still, it increases risks for turkey and table egg producers in the North and the poultry industry in Canada.
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Control There is an agreement that the main control measurement against avian influenza continues to be biosecurity. The whole management plan of control includes: Increasing awareness
Information about biosecurity to reinforce knowledge and practice is available on several websites from the USDA and Canadian governments, universities, and other organizations. GOVERNMENT OF CANADA Avian influenza in wild birds
Strengthening biosecurity Enhancing detection in wild birds and
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
National Avian On-Farm Biosecurity Standard (2nd edition)
Applying quarantine for infected flocks Depopulation of infected flocks as quickly as possible, within 24 hours after
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
USA, the USDA has a plan for appraisal,
Elimination of the virus by complete cleaning and disinfection
depopulation, and compensation. The compensation requires that affected
Testing after 21 days of depopulation Restocking under surveillance
In case of dealing with an outbreak in the
Proper management and disposal of
producers and growers certify and verify that a biosecurity plan was in place before the HPAI detection. The compensation payment for depopulation costs can be split between the contract grower and the integrator company owner of the flocks. The first indemnity payment is received early in the response process to deal with quarantine costs.
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The USDA compensation also includes a
Yet, even if vaccines are used, they will
standard amount according to the:
be part of a comprehensive control
program where enhanced biosecurity, biosurveillance, rapid depopulation,
and other virus elimination methods
the number of birds in the flock
the outbreak resolution.
continue to be the main components of
depopulated, and the costs of virus elimination activities.
In a situation where the AI virus, especially the HPAI strains, is becoming endemic despite other measurements, vaccination could provide an additional control tool.
Vaccination against HPAI has been used as a preventive measure in Mexico, China, and Hong Kong. It has reduced mortality, but vaccination has not been able to control the spread of HPAI.
However, screening methods for commercial flocks may have to be modified when approved for vaccination.
We hope this article has contributed to understanding some terminology used in the multiple reports given lately about this disease and summarized
The USDA APHIS and Canadian
the current status in North America
authorities have not approved the
for a disease that raises human health
use of vaccines. But, according to
concerns in a world more aware of
previous communications, USDA
APHIS is taking the steps necessary to be ready to make this decision.
The websites provided may help
keep you updated on the evolution of these outbreaks that hopefully
Reviewing new vaccines for
can be resolved by the end of this
Securing that enough doses of approved vaccines will be available Completing any required environmental assessments
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SAFETY OF MYCOTOXIN BINDERS IN POULTRY
Jose Larger, DVM Agrimprove/Special Nutrients
Traditionally, anti-mycotoxin additives have been used for decades to prevent the harmful effects caused by mycotoxins.
Historically, one of the main concerns has been the possibility of negatively affecting performance parameters, through the absorption of essential nutrients, such as minerals and vitamins, within the gastrointestinal tract. Under commercial conditions, there are cases of farms that have reported that some products are capable of affecting the ideal level of birds’ productivity.
Considering all these factors, it is crucial to review the results of in vivo tests when evaluating the mycotoxin binders to be used in the feed.
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To understand whether these products affect production efficiency per se, it is necessary to pay attention to the treatment used in the experimental design. This only contains the control feed without mycotoxins and the evaluated binder’s inclusion.
If any decrease is identified in daily body weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion ratio and some other parameters, there is a chance that the additive is causing deleterious effects on the birds in the experiment.
In several tests carried out in different experimental research institutions located in different countries, their effects on the bone composition and skin pigmentation in broilers were evaluated. The last cited research measured the effect on performance parameters and bones in ducks.
Among the research reviewed in this article, we include the evaluations of two types of anti-mycotoxin additives.
One of the trial objectives was to determine the effect of the anti-mycotoxin additive on bone composition. Thirty-two five-day-old male broilers were used in the experiment. Performance was evaluated up to 38 days of age. Ash, calcium, and phosphorus in the bone were measured in all broilers from treatments 1 and 2. (Casarin et al. 2006 International Poultry Forum. Atlanta, GA, USA).
A traditional clay A modified clay
Effects of a modified clay and T2 toxin on bone composition and performance of 38-day-old broilers fed experimental diets for 33 days.
Calcium in the bones (%)
Phosphorus in the bones (%)
2. Control + 0.25% Modified clay
3. Control + 1.25 ppm T-2
4. Control + 1.25 ppm T-2 + 0.25% modified clay
TREATMENT ADBWG = average daily body weight gain ADFI = average daily feed intake FCR = feed conversion ratio N/M = No measured
Means within columns without common superscripts differ significantly (P≤ 0,05)
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Effect of a modified clay on the bone composition and performance parameters in broilers
Effect of a modified clay in broiler skin pigmentation
Effect of a modified clay on broilers performance at 49 days of age.
This experiment evaluated the effect on the skin pigmentation on the carcass before refrigeration in commercial broilers (Forat et al. IIIA, Querétaro, México. 2011/ unpublished).
During the first 14 days, no pigment was included in the diet, and from 14 to 49 days, 60 ppm of total xanthophyll were added. All diets included 60 ppm salinomycin. Skin color was measured at 49 days of age with the Minolta CR 300 method.
Control + xanthophyll
Control + xanthophyll + 1 kg/MT modified clay
MT = Metric tons ADBWG = Average daily body weight gain ADFI = Average daily feed intake FCR = Feed conversion ratio
The results indicated that no significant differences were detected in the skin color when the group treated with the modified clay was compared with the treatment that only included xanthophyll.
Values within a column with different letters are significantly different (P< 0,05) a
Effect of a modified clay on skin pigmentation of broilers at 49 days after evaluation with a Minolta camera
Chroma (Orange) c*
Control + xanthophyll
Control + xanthophyll +1 kg/MT Modified Clay
Values within a column with different letters are significantly different (P< 0,05) a
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Effect of a traditional clay on bone structure, target organs and performance in ducks
The objective was to demonstrate the safety of natural clay in highly susceptible animals such as ducks, based on the effect on performance, bone strength, liver characteristics and protection of target organs.
THAILAND STRENGTH DAY-OLD DUCKS KHON KAEN UNIVERSITY POULTRY RESEARCH CONTAMINATED WITH 120 PPB
When Clay (2.5 kg/MT) was added to the diet, without the inclusion of AFL (treatment 2) a better performance was obtained in some parameters and bone structure than in the group where mycotoxin and Clay were not added (treatment 1). When Clay (2.5 kg/MT) plus 120 ppb AFL (treatment 5) was tested, it showed significantly better performance, target organ protection, and bone strength than ducks receiving only AFL on diet (treatment 3).
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One day-old commercial ducks were fed a diet naturally contaminated with 120 ppb AFL at the Khon Kaen University poultry research farm in Thailand (Wongtangtintharn, S. et al. XXV Worlds Poultry Congress. Beijing, China. 2016).
Effect of a traditional clay and Aflatoxin on performance and bone strength in ducks of 4 weeks of age
Feed intake g
Body weight gain g
Tibial bone porosity
2. Control + 2.5 kg/MT Natural clay
3. 120 ppb AFL
4. 120 ppb AFL + 1.5 kg/MT Natural Clay
5. 120 ppb AFL + 2.5 kg/MT Natural Clay
6. 120 ppb AFL + 3.5 kg/MT Natural Clay
a, b, c
Means within a column without a common superscript differ significantly (P<0.05)
In conclusion, in the experiments reviewed in this article, no negative effects were detected on the productive results neither in the bone structure of the birds evaluated when including two types of commercial antimycotoxin additives. Safety of mycotoxin binders in poultry
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PROFESSOR BAS RODENBURG UTRECHT UNIVERSITY, THE NETHERLANDS by Ad Bal
“Taking layer welfare to a higher level across Europe” The EU cage ban came into force in 2012. In some counties however, primarily furnished and colony cages replaced conventional cage systems. In order to also phase out these and help farmers in transitioning to non-cage systems, the EU pilot project “Best Practice Hens” was started. “This will further improve hens welfare across Europe”, says project coordinator Professor Dr. Bas Rodenburg. 52 aviNews International June 2022 | Interview with Professor Bas Rodenburg , Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Bas Rodenburg is Professor of Animal
“The first step towards improved layer
Welfare at the Faculty of Veterinary
welfare was taken in 1999, when Council
Medicine at Utrecht University in The
Directive 1999/74 /EC was adopted by
Netherlands. From this position, he also
the European Union”, says Bas.
took the role of project leader “Best Practice Hens”, which was initiated by the European Commission in May 2021.
The objective of this so called DG SANTE (the Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety) pilot project is to support egg producers in transitioning to higher welfare-non-cage systems and to
“This directive included the complete ban on conventional cages for commercial laying hens as of 2012 across the EU. European layer farmers had the opportunity to gradually change to new systems, which met the EU standards from that date forward. These systems were enriched and colony cages, as well as aviary and outdoor (free range and organic) systems”.
A consortium, consisting of 7 partners,
“Currently, we are ten years further in
is developing Best Practices for
time”, Bas Rodenburg continues. “And EU
Non-cage Egg Production Systems.
citizens and NGOs are calling for further
These Best Practices will provide practical support to egg producers to encourage them convert from cage systems to non-cage
further improve animal welfare.
improvements in laying hen welfare, for instance through the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘End the Cage Age’, that was supported by over 1.3 million EU citizens.
systems, including free range and organic production. The pilot project will finish in May 2023.
The Best Practice Hens project aims to support the transition towards non-cage systems with a special emphasis on countries where the majority of the hens is still kept in furnished cages.
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This will be realized by sharing knowledge and best practices from countries that already keep the majority of their hens in non-cage systems, whilst also adjusting this knowledge to the local situation in the target countries. In many of the target countries, there is already a growing demand from the market for eggs from cage-free systems, stimulating the egg sector to switch to non-cage systems by 2025. However, the
“Of course “Best Practice Hens” is a European wide project”, Bas continues. “It is organized by the European Commission, and managed by a consortium with seven parties from various European countries involved. These are: universities, research institutes and an NGO.
transition is not always straightforward for the producers in the target countries and they may have doubts about the feasibility of transitioning.
They may also have questions regarding the novel housing systems and the management of these systems. This pilot project aims to help producers in transitioning”
Our objective is to collect and bring together as much information (best practices) as possible from non-cage layer housing systems and convey and disseminate all this knowledge to producers throughout the EU and specifically those in the target countries (Spain, Poland, Portugal and Belgium). This refers to all aspects of managing layers, including the raising of pullets.
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Which bird type is the best? A white layer weighs less than a brown bird for example and moves
PR campaigns are being set up to reach the layer business in those countries.
up easier to the higher positioned
Our aim is to reach layer farmers
tiers in an aviary system.
and advisors, but also veterinarians,
However, it also depends on consumer preferences of course, if brown or white birds are to be kept.
decision makers and politicians, agri-food chain players, etcetera. Instruments for this purpose are distributing leaflets and
Based on literature and practical
showing video’s, joining local
information, such as management
activities, exhibitions, etcetera.
guides and interviews, we have defined 67 best practices for both the rearing and laying stages. This refers to:
Preventing feather pecking Use of perches, etcetera. We suppose that indoor aviary systems will be the most common solution for existing professional layer operations in the target countries, rather than organic systems. However, there may also be farms and situations in which a transition to a free range or organic farm may be decided.
In each of the target counties, a dedicated dissemination event will be organized, and all materials will be available in multiple EU languages through our website. In addition, a final event will be organized for the whole EU. Participants from all Member States, including business operators will be invited to disseminate the transition materials as widely as possible. We hope to make the layer business everywhere in Europe aware of the benefits of further improved bird welfare. With the help of useful best practices “.
To read more visit: https://bestpracticehens.eu/
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FUTURISTIC “WINDSTREEK” HOUSE IS FULLY ENERGY NEUTRAL farm report
obert Nijkamp is an innovator. The broiler grower from The Netherlands designed a very special, fully naturally ventilated and energy neutral “Windstreek” house. He permanently collects and connects big data in order to as effectively as possible manage his flock in this unique house.
“We have been raising broiler birds on our farm for about 60 years”, says Robert. “In two regular houses (with daylight in the houses and a extrernal wintergarden), we keep 45.000 broilers.”
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liveweight of 2.5 kgs.
In the year 2010 we started thinking of another house. However, since we were convinced that innovation was essential, this new house had to be of a different design and “futureproof”. Hence, we got in touch with the Wageningen University in our country (WUR). This resulted in high involvement of the university in this special project. Moreover we contacted suppliers and also in close cooperation with a number of them, the Windstreek design was born.” The very unique house measures 23 x 90 meters. It offers space to 25.000 birds, also of the slow growing Hubbard breed.
WIND DIRECTION The most eye catching aspect of this house is of course its shape. Some people even think it’s a soccer stadium. Windstreek is the Dutch word for “wind direction”. That refers to the principle of its construction and ventilation system. On the one lateral side, the house is only 3 meters high, while at the other side it measures about 12 meters high. It is completely naturally ventilated without any fans. The entire ventilation system is based on natural principles, being relative humidity and temperature. On the low side, fresh air comes in through inlets. The incoming air is warming up, thanks to the body temperature of the birds.
All are slow growing Hubbard birds, raised under the “one star better life” label, which is a qualification of the Dutch organization for protecting animals. This involves that our birds are taken to slaughter at 56 days of age, when they have reached an average
As a result, this warm air moves upwards and leaves the house through outlets at the high end on the opposite side (Photo 1). This airflow is fully natural, also thanks to the slope shape of the roof. On many places inside the house, sensors measure temperature and relative humidity. The air inlets and outlets are controlled permanently, based on these figures, mainly on relative humidity.
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For this purpose, smart software has specifically been designed. A vast surface of solar panels is placed at the roofs of the other buildings on the farm. All electricity needed and mainly for heating the brooders, is obtained from these panels. As a result, the electricity supply is fully energy neutral.
When day old chicks arrive for a new round, temperature inside is too low. “For this reason we place them underneath an infrared brooding line, which runs over the full length of the house”, says Robert. “This
feels as if they can hide under the wings of mother hen. Also this is very energy saving, since only the space underneath the brooding line is heated, rather than the full house. This saves up to 75% of the energy input.” (Photo 2).
Photo 3. Either by jumping or by means of stairs, the birds have access to higher positioned tiers with straw bales
Photo 2. Once the infra-red brooding line is lifted, the young birds have full access to the litter area
STRAW BALES Once the chicks are growing bigger, they get access to the full surface of the house. There’s a litter area, but Nijkamp also created higher positioned tiers. These are easily accessible for the birds, either by means of stairs, or by jumping (Photo 3). On these tiers (slatted floors), the birds find straw bales, allowing them to scratch. “Broiler birds like to sit in a higher position”, says Robert. “These bales create extra movement space for them.”
“The benefit from this house is not so much a gain in FCR and less mortality”, Robert continues, referring to the economics of the Windstreek house. “These figures are similar to our other houses. FCR is equal or even slightly higher. The greatest benefit is that this house is fully energy neutral. We have no energy expenses and as a result it is very sustainable. Other benefits are lower emissions from ammonia, odor and particulate matter. The result is a very pleasant climate inside. That is truly a positive aspect, both for the benefit of the birds and for ourselves”.
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BIG DATA “However, we don’t stop at this stage”, Robert continues. “The basis for properly managing the flock, is having ample data available, to quickly respond to the circumstances. Real time information is useful. All kinds of data can quite easily be measured through sensor technology. But that doesn’t necessarily add so much to the data we have available already”, says Robert.
Also, we can derive data from the veterinarian and other sources. This may explain what the flock behaviour can be after vaccination. Do they again drink
Photo 4. Robert Nijkamp: “In order to achieve the best possible conditions for our flock in the Windstreek house, we need to collect and connect big data” farm report
“It doesn’t really make sense to measure feed consumption, for example. The birds will empty the feeders anyway. But that doesn’t say too much. Measuring water consumption is more useful instead. The more the birds move, the more water they drink. Where does that signal come from? It seems obvious that the incidence of light causes more movement of the birds. In that case, no measures are needed. We try to understand the biorhythms of the birds.
“In the end, that’s what it is all about. We aim to achieve the best possible conditions for our flock in the Windstreek house”, Robert concludes. “Keeping
mother hen in mind and create natural circumstances. Thereby managing the flock on the basis of solid real time data.” (Photo 4).
more water? We connect the available data from different computers and platforms to each other. And based on these big data analyses, we aim to predict the health condition of the flock.” That’s why Robert founded farmersnet.org. Through this, farmers can join and help each other to develop new big data analysis with themselves in the lead.
During the upcoming VIV Europe tradeshow in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from May 31 - June 2, Robert Nijkamp will be on display with farmersnet.org.
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MAIN LEARNINGS OF THE
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF POULTRY VETERINARIANS WORKSHOP
Edgar Orlando Oviedo-Rondon1 and Federico Etcheverry2 1Prestage Department of Poultry Science, North Carolina State University 2Anprocampus
he American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV) organizes one workshop every year to offer an opportunity for poultry veterinarians to gain knowledge in specific topics necessary in their daily jobs.
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The ACPV Workshops in the past five
The 2022 Workshop was titled Sensor data
years focused on diverse issues such as:
and analytics for poultry health, welfare,
incubation and hatchery
and food safety.
The workshop addressed technologies available to monitor the health status
of flocks, disease prevention, improving
updates on poultry vaccination,
animal welfare, and food safety.
animal welfare, and
This hybrid workshop had two
course online and one live event in
components one virtual interactive Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, that is now also available online. In Vancouver, four of the ten speakers participated with remote presentations.
However, this learning opportunity is not Over 120 people took the workshop,
limited to Veterinarians, and any person
and about 60 attended the meeting
involved in the poultry industry could
in Vancouver, despite travel limitations
benefit from the information gathered
due to COVID-19.
in these workshops. Generally, this workshop has been organized before the Western Poultry
The interactive course Introduction to
Disease Conference on the west coast
Data Analytics provides a short overview
of the United States, Mexico, or Canada,
of data analytics techniques applied in
or in Ocean City, Maryland, during the
poultry production and health. It includes
National Meeting on Poultry Health and
Processing. The next meeting will be hosted in Sacramento, California, in Spring 2023.
2 Identifying Potential Root Causes
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 and
3 Data Visualization and Graphics
2021 workshops were virtual, and the entire content presented was recorded. Videos and proceedings are available on-demand on the ACPV website. The ACPV intends to
4 Compiling and Collecting Data 5 Data Preparation for Analysis 6 Logistical Regression
offer this material for two years after each event.
Decision Trees and Random Forests
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Each module describes the topics, provides a couple of examples with detailed solutions, and exercises either in
Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, former associate
R or JMP software. These introductory
professor at Wageningen University &
modules were extracted from the
Research in the Netherlands, presented
Data Analytics for the Poultry and
his vision of using sensors to monitor
Swine Industries course, containing 32
commercial poultry’s physiological
interactive modules and 11 webinars with
responses and behavior.
worldwide experts developed by NC State University through Anprocampus. In the live session, the invited speakers discussed methodologies used to gather
and analyze data.
He showed examples of how multimodal
One area of great interest was using
continuous real-time heterogeneous sensor
electronic sensors available for
data acquired by video cameras, thermal
monitoring poultry environments,
cameras, microphones, a variety of sensor
behavior, health, and welfare and
platforms on the vocalization calls, visual
the ones available to track and
activity index, egg production, variations
improve biosecurity and facilitate
in humidity and temperature, feed and
water intake can be used via sensor fusion
The other was proper data collection, organization, storage, control,
approach for data analysis and prediction model development.
governance, and the tools and techniques used to analyze data.
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Dr. Neethirajan explained how the poultry
Biosecurity is a key element in preventing
industry could harness the massive
diseases, minimizing production losses,
datasets of health and welfare indicators
reducing antibiotic use, and the impact of
in poultry systems to predict disease
important zoonotic diseases. Dr. Jean Pierre
before it strikes and takes management
Vaillancourt, a Professor at the University of
interventions to avoid them.
Montreal, shared his experiences with sensors
Various Artificial Intelligence algorithms can be applied to
to improve compliance and obtain real-time critical information about on-farm activities.
determining the patterns and trends
Dr. Vaillancourt discussed several studies
in the indicators and predictors of the
demonstrating that biosecurity practices
health and welfare of poultry.
are frequently inadequate.
Digital biomarker sensors can
Although the principles and effective
capture data to shift from reactive to
biosecurity practices are well-known
and continually reminded to all poultry personnel and stakeholders, their 50%.
The sensor technologies and the methodology of big data analysis are the keys to leveraging poultry health data in enabling the farmers to transform the health and welfare management.
Dr. Vaillancourt explained the benefits of using a radio-frequency-identificationbased (RFID) real-time continuous automated monitoring system to assess farm and regional biosecurity compliance. The RFID is a low-cost wireless technology connecting billions of things to identify, locate, transact, and authenticate products.
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compliance rates often do not exceed
At the farm or hatchery level, hand sanitizing compliance and tracking of
Continuing with the live program in
personnel in farms and other poultry
Vancouver, a panel of three speakers
facilities have improved in those adopting
representing companies that offer
RFID. Placing these RFID in work shoes can
monitoring and data analytics services
track who gets in and when in each facility.
discussed their visions.
Using this technology increased changing boot compliance from 53 to 93%.
Health, presented Poultry Sense, a service
RFID can be linked to a sound alarm
for monitoring birds’ environment in real-
when non-compliance is detected.
That real-time feedback immediately improves adherence to all practices. These electronic sensors can help to enhance the effectiveness of biosecurity programs, interventions, or incentives to achieve true biosecurity. Various sensors have been evaluated in
Dr. Alan Beynon, representing MSD Animal
regional biosecurity to improve disease outbreak response and minimize regional disease spread. Sensors tested include:
This technology links environmental data with feed intake, weight, flock code, and veterinary diagnostics, among other parameters. The analytics platform created to present this data allows the creation of customized reports to track birds by genetics, geographical regions, and feed type.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE),
This type of information can help
leading to better and faster solutions.
veterinarians make informed decisions
Mid-range and short-range RFID, and LoRa, a low-power wide-area network modulation technology.
These sensors can be placed in feed trucks, birds or mortality vehicles. They help determine where these vehicles enter, how long they stay in each place, and whether they use wash bays. With network analysis models, it is possible to study how the movements of vehicles, equipment, people, or animals affect the spread of a disease and make corrective measurements in real-time. 64 aviNews International June 2022 | Main Learnings of The American College of Poultry Veterinarians Workshop
Dr. Kevin Watkins representing Asimetrix, computing, and machine learning technologies. Remote sensors include hanging and platform scales, environmental monitoring, and vision systems.
An inability to put data into actionable outputs or align decision-makers on how to use analytic services can result in inaction even when data tells you something. Some decision-makers
Kevin mentioned that Asimetrix
discount data and rely more on
provides real-time web reports, custom
alerts, chatbots, and descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analysis.
Value can also fall short when companies can’t integrate data
But experience has taught us that
across their operation, when critical
we often don’t spend enough time
data are unavailable, or when
learning about the more complex
decisions are not promptly made.
process of how the poultry industry uses data to make decisions. Electronic sensors are already in place in many poultry facilities, but there are still gaps between receiving information summaries and actions to be more productive. Kevin left several interesting thoughts that triggered further discussions. For example, the return on data collection and analytics investment depends on implementing that knowledge gained with the data analysis process.
Poultry production moves fast, and analytic services also need to speed up. The speed of poultry production
discussed their remote sensing, cloud
often becomes an excuse for not learning from deviations or a pretext for quickly responding without cause. Not learning is a missed opportunity for improvement. But acting without justification might mean you overreact to normal variation, only making matters worse. We don’t just need to know when and where to act but when not to act.
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Simon Cohen, M-Tech Systems Chief
In the afternoon, Dr. Maurice Pitesky from
Marketing and Sales Officer, continued this
the University of California Cooperative
discussion, presenting their 30 years of
Extensive presented the topic of data
experience in data capturing, traceability,
challenges and practical aspects of machine
and big data analysis in MTech’s platform.
learning-based statistical methods to
Simon gave examples of the whole process of data gathering through
Poultry data is frequently incomplete,
environmental, bird and feed weight
inaccurate, insufficiently integrated, and
sensors, water flow sensors, and
not leveraged for decision making.
Dr. Pitesky’s described the utilization of
He continued his presentation with
data integration and data visualization
data cleaning and analysis of artificial
for whole company analyses.
intelligence to detect the impact of factors on plant condemnations.
analyze poultry data.
One of the participants’ main concerns was data governance, the confidentiality of the data, data security, and the willingness to share in the industry to make progress. Among the conclusions, Simon Cohen stated a well-known principle in data security:
Additionally, he illustrated how machine learning models could help make better predictions. Later, Dr. Gustavo Machado, associate professor at North Carolina State University, provided an overview of epidemiological models to reproduce trajectories of outbreaks. He presented examples of modeling Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV)
there are only three types of companies, those that were already hacked, the ones that will be hacked, and the ones that are being hacked right now. Simon and the other panelists stated
and Salmonellosis infections. The IBV is a major economic burden in North America, and despite vaccination, the high mutation rate triggers the emergence of new viral strains hindering control and prevention measures.
that, in their experience, sharing data
The phylodynamic analyses conducted
successfully is possible. When it is not
used information from isolates from 65
feasible for multiple constraints or
genetic sequences and the vaccination
hesitations, numerous opportunities can
information of each farm.
be developed within the companies to explore and use that valuable information hidden in the data. Nevertheless, data sharing continues to be important.
Combining this genetic information with geostatistical information can help track the spread and evolution of the disease.
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Finally, Joe Heinzelmann from Neogen Surveillance samples and Salmonella
covered applications of track and tracing
serotyping from turkey farms were used in
endeavors in food safety, specifically some
the Salmonellosis example.
of the technologies being evaluated, used,
The models demonstrated seasonality
and leveraged according to rule 204.
of Salmonella presence and that
Joe presented data aggregation
Salmonella was more likely to occur in
engines and data deployment
older farms than in farms built more
solutions to improve workflows,
processes, and decision making.
Also, the contact network connectivity
The workflow systems must define
analyses indicated that Salmonella
and deliver new insights, enhance
dissemination in this study case was
data quality, and unique metrics to
unlikely to occur by movement of
determine deployed programs’ risk
turkeys among farms.
profile and overall effectiveness.
Dr. Jose Linares from CEVA Animal Health presented examples of analysis and use of
management is critical for the success of new technologies.
diagnostic and monitoring data. Using real values, Jose showed how data could be visualized, integrated, clustered, correlated, and put into economic analysis to determine the benefit of changes or interventions. Dr. Linares also emphasized the importance of the process of data cleaning and homogenization, followed by merging and consolidation.
Main Learnings of The American College of Poultry Veterinarians Workshop
The workshop aims to contribute knowledge and ideas for developing more effective sensor technologies and data analytics applications to improve all aspects of the poultry industry. The full content of this workshop is now available on the ACPV website, offering RACE, NC State University, and ACPV certifications.
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Joe also concluded that change
IMMUNOMODULATORY AND IMMUNOSTIMULATING EFFECTS OF BETA-GLUCAN: A REVIEW Immunology
Edson Luiz Bordin MV, Pathologist
utritional immunology is a new science. It will be more effective when the relationship between nutrition and the immune system is better understood. That’s what we’re going to focus on in this review.
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Infectious diseases, possibly contagious in swine, avian, bovine, and other species, cause damage, corroborated by the reduction in the use of antibiotics, increasingly legislated.
Currently, there is an intense scientific movement devoted to immune tissue, its development, and functioning, seeking more effective technologies, with resistance to antigens, and ultimately, more production.. In recent decades, Immunosuppressive viruses such as Gumboro disease in birds and circovirus in swine have greatly catapulted the development of veterinary immunology. This coincided with the advent of molecular biology and technological support, high-tech vaccines, and new diagnostic methods.
The identification of dendritic cells, for example, occurred at this time, as well as some specifications of the B cell, and some immunoglobulins. (13).
Together with recombinant vaccines, the development of more efficient and safer adjuvants is another example. The enhancement of the immune response, intestinal or general, and reducing dependence on antibiotics is great. Today there is a multitude of molecules promoted for this and other purposes. Further on, categories of compounds in use are listed.. There are experimental studies to assess their effectiveness; some prove benefits, while others do not, reflecting the lack of adoption of an adequate experimental methodology.
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These effects are welcome in an environment without antibiotic growth promoters, considering a system compatible with proper management and animal welfare.
Strictly speaking, benefits are sought or promoted, such as:
Decreased PH and increased anaerobic activity; Production of SCFA (short-chain fatty acids); Reduction of pathogen adherence to enterocyte receptors; Reduction of intestinal permeability; Increase of intestinal immunity and regulation of inflammation; Greater resistance to intestinal aggressors.
BETA-GLUCAN Beta-glucan, notably in humans, has been studied in some pathologies such as diabetes. This compels experimentation with production and companion animals, to control various pathologies, although with a more discreet representation. Let’s stick to dietary fiber. According to Rosch, C(1),, dietary fiber is a carbohydrate polymer with three or more monomer units that do not undergo digestion.
They are D-glucose monomer polysaccharides joined by B-glycosidic bonds, with various conformations and part of fungi’s cell wall, for example. The same reference (1) characterizes beta-glucan also as hemicellulose. In a recent review in 2016(12), beta-glucan does not fall into the category of fermentable prebiotic by lactobacillus, as are FOS, GOS, and MOS, but rather as an immunomodulator of the response. For information regarding the fermentative characteristics, in vitro and in vivo of fibers in general, refer to the relevant bibliography (1, 9, 16).
Strictly speaking, beta-glucan obtained by alcoholic fermentation is considered quite effective in this function, so there is a direct relationship with the industrial method of obtaining it (9, 16).
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Competition, adsorption, and exclusion of pathogens;
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Hematopoietic Stem Cell
Lymohoid Progenitor Cell
Myeloid Progenitor Cell RBC Platetlet
Natural Killer Cell
• Helper cells • Regulatory cells Plasma Cells • Cytotoxic cells
Basophill Moncyte Dendritic Cell
Figure 1: Cells of the innate and adaptive immune system (Adapted from Rosch1)
To better understand how beta-glucans work, let’s briefly review the immune system. Above are the cells involved in immune and inflammatory reactions, considering innate and adaptive immunities. The first is nonspecific, recognizes and eliminates the pathogenic agent quickly, and constitutes the main focus of the immediate defense.
The adaptive is slow and specific, occurs through the production of immunoglobulins and memory cells, and promotes the pathogenic agents’ elimination.
Thus, resistance to an agent defines immunity. But what gives the immune system the ability and adaptability to mobilize a network of specialized cells and proteins to defend against infectious agents and altered cells?
This is what we propose to discuss now.
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Lymphoid tissues and their resident cells Intestine Thymus - T and B cells, macrophages and antigen-presenting cells (DCs or dendritic Cells);
Bone marrow - all lineages, including monocytes, macrophages, except T cells; Lymph nodes - B and T cells, with B in the cortex and T in the medulla of the organ and macrophages. In pigs, B cells settle in the cortex and T cells in the medulla. It is the opposite of what happens in other animals and man;
The intestine is the organ that most includes defense cells. Immune cells (T and B lymphocytes) located in the mucosa differentiate and develop as they are stimulated by pathogens or foreign molecules. T cells depend on macrophages in this intermediation. B cells do not because they have globulin receptors.
Jejunal Peyer’s patches - B cells, macrophages, and DCs;
Ileal Peyer’s patches - B cells;
Tonsils - T and B cells, macrophages, and DCs;
Fabricius bursa - mainly B cells.
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Spleen - white pulp (T and B lymphocytes) the red pulp (erythrocytes);
Note (figure 2) that there are differences in the populations of immune cells in the different intestinal germinal centers. They occur in a more significant expansion in the lateral panels, with a profusion of B cells, notably. In the central panel, this activity is more
Figure 2: Immune cells in the mucosa. Osman (2011)
SPF animals have a lower distribution of immune cells, which increases with age and exposure. There are about 250 PP (Peyer’s patches) and numerous follicles at the level of the gastrointestinal mucosa so that no change in diet and biome goes unnoticed by the immune system of vertebrates, including fish. In the germ nuclei formed in the immune reaction, there are regions of B cells and T cells, between macrophage cells and others. In the ganglia, the same process
In the second part of this article, which you will find in the December issue of aviNews Brasil, we will discuss the Immunomodulatory and Immunostimulating effects of Beta-glucan: reaction to antigens.
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