Getting poultry health right

By |2018-11-08T09:37:41-06:00August 31st, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag The best time to develop a relationship with all the professionals you need for the operation is when you start planning a facility or expansion. While every producer will develop a relationship with lawyers, bankers, accountants, contractors, processors and equipment suppliers, they often wait to get to [...]

Enhanced biosecurity on broiler barns

By |2018-11-08T09:37:51-06:00May 31st, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag In a chicken industry that is minimizing the use of antibiotics, our ability to provide an optimal clean environment is paramount. This can be achieved through cleaning and disinfection (C&D) and strict biosecurity. The Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC), within their on-farm food and safety program (OFFSAP), [...]

Live vaccines at multi-age poultry farms

By |2018-11-08T09:37:32-06:00April 29th, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag Live vaccines contain naturally occurring mild pathotype or attenuated (weakened) viruses, bacteria or coccidia and are designed to elicit local and systemic immunity in birds. They are suitable for mass administration by water or spray. Live vaccines in broiler breeders and table layers are most often used [...]

A year of change

By |2018-11-08T09:16:42-06:00April 9th, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag Antibiotic resistance is real. In Canada and around the world, fewer antimicrobials remain effective in controlling infection as more microbes become resistant in both human and veterinary medicine. In its 2015 report on nationwide antibiotic use and drug resistance rates, Health Canada stated that ‘Superbugs’ (bacteria with [...]

The veterinary-client-patient relationship

By |2018-11-08T09:12:43-06:00March 15th, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag Some perceive the term Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) as formal and rarely used or understood. It does not have to be that way. Simply stated, a VCPR involves a veterinarian and poultry producer developing and maintaining a working relationship. Together, they promote bird health, prudent use of antimicrobials [...]

Comparing Anticoccidial Classes

By |2018-11-08T09:12:52-06:00January 9th, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag Virtually all poultry become exposed to the coccidial parasite, which often causes the important disease coccidiosis, noted by mortality and enteritis. Often, the enteritis can trigger another important disease, necrotic enteritis. Between coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis, flocks can experience high mortality (=>20 per cent), unthriftiness, poor feed [...]

Tibial Dyschondroplasia (TD)

By |2018-04-09T08:49:19-06:00February 1st, 2016|

Noticing an increasing trend of problems with mobility and lameness in your flock?  Could this flock have rickets or tibial dyschondroplasia or is something else affecting their ability to move? While there are a number of potential causes for lameness in a flock we hope to explain what tibial dyschondroplasia (TD) is as well [...]

Early Mortality (Omphalitis)

By |2018-04-12T10:59:07-06:00January 6th, 2016|

Early mortality in a flock can have several causes or contributing factors but one of the most common causes is bacterial infection of the navel (omphalitis) and/or yolk sac.  In this article we hope to discuss omphalitis and other factors which can impact early mortality rates. What is normal mortality? Typical total mortality in [...]

Avian Influenza Outbreaks (Canada 2014-2015)

By |2018-04-12T10:58:27-06:00December 15th, 2015|

Introduction Avian influenza (AI) is a contagious viral infection that can affect poultry as well as pet and wild birds. AI viruses are classified into two categories: low pathogenicity (LPAI) and highly pathogenic (HPAI), based on the level of severity of the illness caused in birds (Diseases of Poultry, 13th ed. 2013). Canada has [...]