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, stocking density, perches, separation ...

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 a 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 ...