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Making the water taste good: Water pH modification on the poultry farm

“Would you like lemon with your water?” is a question heard at restaurants across the country. For those who answer yes, a splash of acidity makes their drink a little more pleasant to drink.

“Acidic beverages tend to be more palatable— for example coffee, soda and sports drinks,” said Neogen poultry expert Lindsay Good. “That […]

‘Beagle Brigade’ sniffs out African Swine Fever and other animal health threats

Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Control

African Swine Fever (ASF) has been on the move this year.

Originally endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa, the virus has caused a heightened number of outbreaks in and around China this year, moving through several Eastern European countries and eventually hitting Western Europe for the first time.

Because […]

Pasture pests cost New Zealand farmers billions

Little bugs can mean big costs.

Researchers from a New Zealand research institute have estimated that the country’s animal livestock industries face $2.3 billion NZD (about $1.5 million USD) in damages due to pests each year. About $1.4 billion NZD of the losses go to the dairy industry.

According to Dairy Reporter, a lack of […]

The importance of clean water: Continuous water disinfection on the poultry farm

If dirty water is put in a clean cup, is the cup still clean? Likewise, if untreated, pathogen-filled water is run through newly cleaned water lines, are the water lines still clean?

The simple answer: no.

“After terminal water line disinfection, the next step in a water treatment program is continuous water disinfection during the […]

Chlorine dioxide vs. chlorine bleach: A battle of misconceptions

Chlorine bleach: It’s convenient to purchase. It’s cheap. It’s a well-known household cleaner and disinfectant. But is it best to use as a water sanitizer in the poultry house?

Treating with chlorine is a common method to sanitize poultry drinking water and reduce concentrations of waterborne pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, molds and protozoans.

“The […]

Hurricane Michael agriculture damage expected to top $1.3 billion

Last week, the category 4 Hurricane Michael stormed across the Southeast U.S., hitting the coastal state of Georgia particularly hard. Of the $1.3 billion in damages to the agricultural industry that has been predicted, $1.2 billion is linked to Georgia alone.

“Michael’s impact has been the most widespread and devastating hurricane in recollection to impact […]

What’s hiding in the water lines: Terminal water line cleaning in the poultry house

Picture a standpipe at the end of the water lines in a poultry house. Does it look clear? Is the pressure ball visible? Can the wall behind it be seen through the pipe? Or does it look cloudy, stained from years of use?

“Unfortunately, there are standpipes around the world in poultry houses that are […]

Genomics roundup: Understanding the science

In 2003, the Human Genome Project announced that it had officially completed its goal of sequencing the human genome. Since then, genomics has continued to explode in importance as a scientific subject, with potentially game-changing applications emerging in the medical field, agriculture, animal health, food safety and beyond.

The layman’s understanding of genomics, and how […]

Dogs: Not as smart as we think they are?

Sometimes, society seems obsessed with dogs. Canine companions are considered loving, cute and intelligent, and science seems to back all of these up.

Popular understandings of scientific research sum it up like this: Doggy intelligence is on par with that of a two-year-old child, and this is somewhat true, if you look at findings from […]

Pig breeds, large and small

October is National Pork Month, or as it is affectionately known as, “Porktober.” Last year, we talked about why October is the month we celebrate pigs and pig meat and shared some basic pork facts. This year, we’d like to clear up an important pig-related manner: What’s the difference between pigs you see on the […]