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Spiking reduces fertility drop in older poultry flocks

Aging hens physiologically need to be mated more often to sustain the same level of fertility as a flock of 35 weeks. Meanwhile roosters become less interested and able to complete mating. So, to get the same fertility level, the older the flock the more attention should be paid to rooster managemen...

Cargill to close corn milling facility in Memphis

Cargill is to close its Memphis corn milling facility, which employs around 440 people, 120 being contract employees, this is effective January 2015. The closure of the facility results primarily from the underutilisation of the Memphis plant and its location away from the corn belt. The corn oil re...

New scientists join Research Institute of Feed Technology

The International Research Association of Feed Technology (Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft Futtermitteltechnik e.V., IFF) has recently added two new members to its team. Verena Heid studied food technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda/Germany. The last 4.5 years of her pr...

EuroTier – fewer antibiotics, more welfare

Fewer antibiotics and more animal welfare. These themes I think will be key at the upcoming EuroTier show in Hanover, Germany, 11-14 November. Very recently, I was invited to come to Germany and have a sneak preview of all the innovations that will be on show in November. Usually this is very well...

Unilever takes stance on culling day-old male chicks

Another global food operator, Unilever, has made a commitment within its American business to seek alternatives to the culling of day-old male chicks. A spokesman said the focus would be on ending the maceration of live birds – a practice that has been replaced by gassing in the UK. The company, wh...

Oilseed rape set for lowest area in four years

The UK winter oilseed rape area is set for a significant drop this season amid falling prices, enforced rotational changes and pest attack. After a record high in autumn 2012 of 756,000ha, the area dropped about 6% after a difficult growing season and late cereal harvest for 2013. That trend may ...

Chirina selects HatchTraveller

Georgian poultry integration Chirina; a partner of Hatchtech in Tbilisi, Georgia, has recently purchased a HatchTraveller HTV67200, for the transportation of their day-old-chicks to the broiler houses. For years now Chirina is well acquainted with HatchTech's laminar airflow technology as well as ho...

High capacity ventilation chimney of 130 cm wide

Large, larger, largest – responding to increased demand from the market, Vostermans Ventilation is introducing a 130 cm diameter tube fan. The new high capacity ventilation chimney is called Multifan Tube Fan 130, and will be on display at the upcoming EuroTier in Hanover, Germany. The company stat...

Special funnel washer reaches all parts of chimney

German livestock equipment company Meier-Brakenberg will launch a special type of funnel washer using water at high pressure. In a press release the company writes that "cleaning of exhaust air funnels is often neglected in the course of stable cleaning. It is not only important for hygienic reasons...

Miavit gives neonatal piglets jump-start into life

German animal nutrition company Miavit has added a supplementary feed in liquid form for neonatal piglets to its portfolio – and will present this at the upcoming EuroTier. MiaKick is especially designed to supply fast energy to ensure an optimal start for newborn piglets. The product can be added o...

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