APRIL 21, 2016

| by PROHEALTH consortium

PROHEALTH events in 2016: Conferences, national meetings and farmer training sessions.

Upcoming conferences, national meetings and training workshops

With PROHEALTH in its third year, exciting results are emerging from the scientific work-streams. Many of our project findings will be showcased at prominent European conferences in 2016. But knowledge from PROHEALTH will also be made available for farmers and vets at national level, through dedicated stakeholder workshops. These aim to ensure that the scientific outputs are communicated in a form that can be applied on the farm. PROHEALTH also has a training scheme called ‘Individual Pig Care’, which will be provided free of charge in 5 countries over the course of the project, ...

APRIL 21, 2016

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Production diseases: the costs to poultry producers

Results of an extensive literature survey

Background

Diseases in poultry flocks can lead to substantial economic losses through reduced revenues, for example, from reduced volume or quality of meat or eggs produced, and increased costs of inputs such as feed and labour. However, although this fact is understood, there is little consensus about the level of the economic losses resulting from individual production diseases. In addition, while the costs of prevention measures and treatments may be known, the economic savings they make are often not well understood. Consequently, large numbers of poultry producers may not be implementing economically optimal disease prevention and ...

APRIL 21, 2016

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Foot health in broiler breeders

An important factor for disease management

In intensive poultry production systems good foot pad health is crucial to obtaining high levels of animal welfare and high production yields. Often foot pad health is seen to decline over the production period. It is known that in intensive production systems suboptimal litter quality and high body weight are risk factors in maintaining good foot health. In broiler breeders poor foot pad integrity may subsequently result in an increase in mortality due to septicaemic infections, including infection of the heart valves (endocarditis), and joint infections (arthritis), or decreased egg production due to pain and ...

APRIL 21, 2016

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Causes of piglet neonatal mortality

Conclusions from a PROHEALTH study on French pig farms

Piglet mortality is one of the main issues of concern for the pig industry worldwide, resulting in decreased sow performance and significant economic losses. According to different studies on piglet mortality, crushing and stillbirths are considered as the most important causes of death. The risks for each specific cause of piglet death have not been fully explored. Moreover, current literature does not capture the differences which exist between individual farms and the contribution of these differences to the problem of mortality.

A study conducted by PROHEALTH on French pig farms provides new ...