OCTOBER 31, 2017

| by Timothy A.Giles, Aouatif Belkhiri, Paul A.Barrow, Neil Foster

Molecular approaches to the diagnosis and monitoring of production diseases in pigs


Production disease in pigs is caused by a variety of different pathogens, mainly enteric and respiratory and can result in significant economic loss. Other factors such as stress, poor husbandry and nutrition can also contribute to an animal's susceptibility to disease. Molecular biomarkers of production disease could be of immense value by improving diagnosis and risk analysis to determine best practice with an impact on increased economic output and animal welfare. In addition to the use of multiplex PCR or microarrays to detect individual or mixed pathogens during infection, these technologies can also be used to monitor the host ...

OCTOBER 27, 2017

| by anonymous author

Staff and visitors letting down biosecurity on EU broiler farms

Better education of broiler farmers and their staff would help improve overall biosecurity on broiler farms in Europe, according to a comprehensive new study published this week.

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OCTOBER 25, 2017

| by T. Van Limbergen, J. Dewulf, M. Klinkenberg, R. Ducatelle, P. Gelaude, J. Méndez, K. Heinola, S. Papasolomontos, P. Szeleszczuk D. Maes on behalf of the PROHEALTH consortium

Scoring biosecurity in European conventional broiler production


Good biosecurity procedures are crucial for healthy animal production. The aim of this study was to quantify the level of biosecurity on conventional broiler farms in Europe, following a standardized procedure, thereby trying to identify factors that are amenable to improvement. The current study used a risk-based weighted scoring system (biocheck.ugent ®) to assess the level of biosecurity on 399 conventional broiler farms in 5 EU member states. The scoring system consisted of 2 main categories, namely external and internal biosecurity, which had 8 and 3 subcategories, respectively. Biosecurity was quantified by converting the answers to 97 questions into a ...

OCTOBER 18, 2017

| by Louise Ladefoged Poulsen, Ida Thøfner, Magne Bisgaard Rikke, Heidemann Olsen, Jens Peter Christensen, Henrik Christensen

Staphylococcus agnetis, a potential pathogen in broiler breeders


In this study, four broiler parent flocks have been followed from the onset of the production period (week 20) until slaughter (week 60). Every week, approximately ten dead broiler breeders, randomly selected among birds dead on their own, were collected and subjected to a full post mortem analysis including bacteriological examination. In total 997 breeders were investigated and for the first time Staphylococcus agnetis was isolated in pure culture from cases of endocarditis and septicemia from 16 broiler breeders. In addition, the cloacal flora from newly hatched chickens originating from the same four flocks were ...