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Dr. Peter Davies - Livestock Associated MRSA: What is the Appropriate Level of Concern?


Livestock Associated MRSA: What is the Appropriate Level of Concern? - Dr. Peter Davies, Professor, University of Minnesota, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Dr. Scott Brown - Challenges in Antibiotic Product Development in a Rapidly Changing Global Landscape


Challenges in Antibiotic Product Development in a Rapidly Changing Global Landscape - Dr. Scott Brown, Senior Director of Metabolism and Safety, Pfizer Animal Health, from the 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals conference, October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

Poultry Farming Advancements

From the America's Heartland series, this short video shares how Cobb-Vantress works to produce poultry to support the increased demand.

How Will British Free Range Operators Fare?

free range chickens
A British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) survey indicates that nearly 12% of the the UK's commercial free range flock could disappear if producers continue to lose money. Many operations are experiences increasing costs and reduced revenues.
Some producers say they have no option but to carry on in the hope the market improves because they are trapped by bank loans. "I invested in a new efficient multi-tier system just before the market crash. There is no choice but to continue at a loss as the bank are demanding repayments on the investment loan and we have to go down fighting if need be," said a producer.
Many BFREPA members say they will reduce numbers or end production completely unless the market conditions improve.

Animal Ag Industry Is Disconnected From The Public

Temple Grandin, USDA NRCS
Audio via PoultryCast.com

Temple Grandin's presentation to producers highlights that the agriculture industry needs to communicate with the public directly and openly. Here are some snippets of her talk:
"What people are imagining is happening inside the [animal] sheds is way worse than is what is actually happening" The ag industry must show what is happening on farms. Get a video camera in barns, cameras are cheap.

Alaska Poultry Gone

Alaska Poultry Gone Triple D Farm and Hatchery has closed for business and thus ends commercial poultry production in Alaska.
Alaska once had as many as 81,000 chickens on farms. Now, Triple D was the last commercial poultry farm in the state. It might be best known for its turkeys, but it only sold about 400 of those a year, dwarfing its chicken business. The farm sold about 10,000 dressed chickens a year. Save for some leftover product in the freezer, all those chickens are gone. All the equipment is for sale. All the hard work, years of toiling, "up in smoke."
The ability to raise poultry in Alaska has be constrained by regulations in recent years.

Salmonella Infections Linked to Chicks and Ducks

Salmonella outbreaks continue to be in the news. A recent event ties the outbreaks to chicks and ducklings from single mail-order hatchery in Ohio.
As of August 23, 2011, a total of 65 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Altona have been reported from 20 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Georgia (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (5), Maryland (5), Michigan (1), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), New Hampshire (1), New York (4), North Carolina (8), Ohio (12), Pennsylvania (6), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (1), Virginia (7), Vermont (1), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (4).
The CDC continuously reminds consumers and producers to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching live poultry or "anything in the area where they live and roam".

PoultryCast 0274, Grandin Says 'Open Windows To Consumers'

Download mp3PoultryCast 0274 Show Notes:
  • Well-known animal handling and welfare proponent Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University says we need more internet streaming of production system videos and oversight of our handlers to ensure policy compliance.

PoultryCast 0271, Tips On Keeping Birds Cool During Extended Hot Weather Periods

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