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Care Tips for Healthy Hens

Raising layer hens is an investment in fresh, wholesome eggs. Your hens will perform best if they have room to live and roam, nutritious feed, fresh water, and a safe, comfortable coop to nest and roost. Your coop should have a minimum of four square feet of space per hen, …

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A quick tour of the digestive system

Mouth: It all starts here. Esophagus (Gullet): Transports food from the mouth to the stomach. Crop: A pouch in the esophagus used to store food temporarily before moving it on to the stomach. Stomach (Proventriculus/Gizzard):Principally the organ where food is broken into smaller units. It has two parts: theproventriculus for …

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How Much Feed Does a Chicken Eat?

A common question among poultry owners, especially those new to raising birds, is “How much do my birds eat, so I know how much feed to buy?”. Below are some general guidelines to go by, keeping in mind that a variety of factors, from weather to other available food sources, …

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Controlling Worms to Improve Milk Yield

The stomach worm (Ostertagia ostertagi) is the most commonly identified worm in dairy cows. However, although over 90 per cent of animals can be infected, they rarely show overt clinical signs. This means that despite the reduction in appetite, fertility and herd productivity associated with these worms, they are often …

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From Concept to Reality

It was a few years ago when the egg sector heard first about the mission of ISA, The layer Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics. “Breeding layers capable of producing 500 first quality eggs by 2020”. Today, only five years away of the announced date, field results from commercial layer farms …

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Animal Antimicrobial Use Decreases in Denmark

DENMARK – Antimicrobial use in Danish animals decreased in 2014, due mainly to decreased consumption in the pig production. These are some of the findings in the annual DANMAP report from Statens Serum Institut and the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. DANMAP is the Danish integrated antimicrobial resistance monitoring …

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ORGANIC LIVESTOCK FARMING IS ROAD TO QUALITY FOOD

AGRICULTURE SECTOR continues to play a central role in Pakistan’s economy accounting for over 21% of GDP and remains by far the largest employer, absorbing 45% of the country’s total labor force. In agriculture, livestock sector contributes approximately 53.2% of the agriculture value added and 11.4% to national GDP. Gross …

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