Category Archives: Poultry

LRIC Update: Hyperspectral Imaging

Category : Poultry

A Waterloo, Ontario-based company is using a combination of physics, chemistry and artificial intelligence to gain a better understanding of poultry meat and help boost food safety in processing facilities. The company has developed a Smart Imaging System which uses hyperspectral imaging to analyze the chemical properties and composition of the meat, as well as test for the presence of foreign objects.

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LRIC Update: Study Looks at Laying Hens’ Manure

Category : Poultry

Researchers at the University of Guelph are working on a project to determine the impact on laying hen behaviour of fresh air and air contaminated by ammonia by studying their manure.

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Better Feed Conversion Lowers Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Turkeys

Category : Poultry

Research conducted by Hybrid Turkeys and the University of Guelph has shown that improvements in feed conversion efficiency could have positive impacts on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in turkeys.

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LRIC Update: The Poultry Health Research Network

Category : Poultry

The University of Guelph poultry researcher and pathobiology department chair, professor Shayan Sharif, has created the Poultry Health Research Network in order to promote research for the benefit of the poultry industry. The goal of this network is to find and identify key issues which affect the poultry sector as a whole and form research teams to help find solutions.

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Insect Protein for Poultry Rations

Category : Poultry

There’s a new poultry ration ingredient available on the Canadian market. Insect meal from defatted black soldier fly larvae is high in protein and low in fat, making it a potentially attractive alternative to soy in poultry diets.

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Disease Control by Tweet; Social Media Mining for Avian Influenza Emergence

Category : Poultry

The poultry industry is harnessing the skills of University of Guelph computer scientists and their artificial intelligence expertise to get a better idea of when and where avian influenza might next emerge.

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Optimal Stocking Density for Heavy Toms

Category : Poultry

High stocking densities have been found to impact the health, welfare and performance of tom turkeys. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are looking into optimal stocking density, and while an exact number has not yet been determined, results have shown that moderate densities are best for the birds.

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Beak treatments in young pullets

Category : Poultry

It’s long been standard industry practice to remove the tip of a bird’s beak in an effort to minimize the severity of cannibalism in poultry flocks. For at least the last decade, many Canadian hatcheries have been primarily using infrared beak treatment. While research has been conducted on the impacts of adult hens, there has been little focus on how it affects young pullets.

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Wild turkeys not harbouring Avian Influenza

Category : Poultry

University of Guelph researchers have shown that wild turkeys, reintroduced in Ontario in the 1980s, are not harbouring Avian Influenza and other poultry diseases. Wild fowl populations are often feared to be carriers of diseases that can be transferred to their domestic cousins.

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Eggs from small flocks no safer than those from large commercial flocks

Category : Poultry

Research from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has shown that eggs from small backyard laying hen flocks are just as likely to be contaminated with salmonella enteritidis as eggs sold in grocery stores that generally come from larger flocks. Those results run counter to conventional consumer wisdom, which has always held that eggs from backyard poultry and small local farms are safer than “commercially produced” eggs.

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Upcoming Events

  1. International Plowing Match and Rural Expo

    September 17 - September 21
  2. Science in the Pub- Poultry Industry Council

    September 23 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Annual World Beef Expo

    September 27 - September 29
  4. Ontario Beef Research Centre Open House

    September 27 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  5. World Dairy Expo

    October 1 - October 5