JANUARY 18, 2018

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PROHEALTH 2017

A successful year in science communication

As PROHEALTH has been approaching its final stages, the dissemination activities have been intensifying in order to showcase the exciting outcomes and results coming through from the ongoing research carried out by the consortium. In total, the consortium members have already made more than 100 appearances at scientific conferences, workshops and industry events and in 2017 the project has had very significant contributions to a variety of events across Europe

Third PROHEALTH National Technical Conference in Poland

May saw the hosting of the 3 National Technical Conference which took place in ...

JANUARY 18, 2018

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Will environmental enrichment improve leg health in broilers?

A systematic review

Improvements in leg health in broilers have the potential for improving overall broiler welfare markedly. One of the few realistic possibilities for the individual farmer to do this is to add enrichment to the rearing environment. Environmental enrichment is here defined as any physical change in the environment that is expected to lead to an improvement in leg health and welfare. Several enrichment alternatives and their effect on leg health have been investigated through a systematic review by PROHEALTH.

Six types of enrichment were assessed in the review: light program, light intensity, ...

JANUARY 18, 2018

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Dodging the bullets - How Coccidia evade the immune response of broilers

Introduction

Coccidiosis in broilers due to infection with parasitic Eimeria remains a significant cause of economic loss. Eimeria have a complex life-cycle beginning when a bird ingests an oocyst (a parasite egg) which contains 8 individual parasites. Once the oocyst is ruptured by digestive acid in the bird, the 8 parasites (termed schizonts) invade the intestinal cells and multiply. Eventually this multiplication ruptures the intestinal cells, releasing many more parasites (known as merozoites) which invade new cells. This (asexual) division causes severe damage to the intestinal cells resulting in poor feed conversion and in some cases death. ...

JANUARY 18, 2018

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Production diseases and their control: what do the public think?

Results of European public survey looking at intensive animal production systems and production diseases

The public are an important stakeholder at the end of the food chain. Yet they are largely unfamiliar with how the food they eat is produced, including products from modern animal production systems. Previous research has demonstrated that the public have concerns in relation to farm animal welfare. PROHEALTH identified that there is little research into attitudes towards production diseases, and specifically the interventions to control these diseases. To establish the acceptance and long term use of animal production systems and disease mitigation strategies, it is ...

MAY 29, 2017

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SwineDialog: On the path towards the paperless barn

There is a paradigm shift in the aims of animal protein production today: the circumstances under which animals are being housed and the impact livestock farming has on the environment and on the broader public are considered to be as important as the quality of the produce reaching the consumer. The debate about antimicrobial resistance for instance is high on the global political agenda. is paradigm shift is also reflected in the increased requirements for farmers to document and to report use of medicine. Several European governments are restricting the usage of certain anti-infectives and have ...

MAY 29, 2017

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Is it possible to determine how environmental parameters influence respiratory disease in grow-finish pigs?

It is not new to farmers that certain animal diseases can be triggered by too cold or too warm temperature in the barn or that poor water availability and humidity can predispose animals to illness. But so far there was a lack of tangible data on these relationships between farm environment, health and productivity. PROHEALTH aims at closing this gap by compiling integrated data-sets of measured farm environment parameters as well as documented health and productivity parameters for several different production diseases. Here we present first results from such a PROHEALTH study that determines the extent to which farm environmental ...

MAY 29, 2017

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Similarities and specificities of gut microbiota of pigs and chickens

Gut microbiota is the ensemble of microorganisms living in the intestine of a human or animal hosts. In animals such as pigs or poultry it consists of around 1,000 different bacterial species. Considering that an average microbiota member has about 3,000 genes, the total gut microbiome is represented by about 3,000,000 genes, which exceeds the number of host genes by a factor of 100.

Gut microbiota plays an important role for its host. It may provide additional nutrients from feed which could otherwise not be digested by the host, it may provide vitamins or other specific metabolites and it can ...

MAY 29, 2017

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Vitamin D requirements during exposure to coccidia

Skeletal health of fast growing broilers is an important issue, with implications for broiler welfare and farm profitability. From a nutritional standpoint, vitamin D supplementation is pivotal for promoting Ca and P utilization and bird skeletal integrity. Additional benefits may arise from increased vitamin D status, such as improved performance and improved efficiency of feed utilization. e limit set by the EU for vitamin D supplementation via the feed is 5000 IU/kg of feed. However, this level may be insufficient for obtaining the full range of its beneficial effects on broiler welfare and productivity, especially for modern fast growing broiler ...

MAY 29, 2017

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Biosecurity in pig farms across Europe

Biosecurity measures are of great importance to prevent or limit the risk of animals becoming infected with pathogens. Biosecurity is a term used to describe management measures for the prevention of pathogens entering a farm (external biosecurity) or the spreading of pathogens within the farm (internal biosecurity). Improving the level of biosecurity is considered to result in a limited introduction and spread of disease, resulting in reduced morbidity and mortality rates, making biosecurity a tool in disease eradication programs as well as in daily health management.

In the context of the PROHEALTH project, production diseases on pig and poultry farms ...

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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What do consumers think about farm animal production?

Insights from a systematic literature review

The public are an important stakeholder at the end of the food chain, and as they are the end-users of food products, their opinions need to be taken into consideration in order to produce food that meets their needs. However, they are generally unfamiliar about production practices used in animal production.

Consumer views on production diseases are unknown

Two literature reviews on the public’s attitudes and willingness-to-pay for characteristics of animal products were conducted, including 80 and 54 studies respectively. Both reviews highlighted a research gap in relation to production diseases. In the willingness-to-pay literature, only four ...