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Showing posts from December, 2016

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New Biosecurity Education Trailer Complete

 The Biosecure Entry Education Trailer (BEET) Unit is complete and ready for educational programming. Made possible through Rapid Agricultural Response funds, the BEET unit will be used to teach concepts and adaptations of Danish Entry protocols for biosecurity. The trailer can be used by managers and decision makers to assess and practice biosecurity protocols for their business and for employees to practice and understand company protocols. The BEET unit will be at several upcoming, large scale events including MN Pork Congress, Midwest Poultry Federation Convention, FFA Ag Bowl Scholarship Invitational hosted by SMSU, and hopefully, FarmFest in August. Learn more about Danish Entry and the BEET unit.  

Turkey CSI: U of M, poultry industry bring DNA sequencer to Willmar lab

Originally published Dec. 19, 2016. By Carolyn Lange, West Central Tribune.  WILLMAR — A high-performance, high-resolution DNA sequencer — equipment typically reserved for metro scientific communities — arrived in Willmar last month to help provide solutions to problems facing the turkey industry.   Read the full article here .

Poultry medications - rule changes affecting small and backyard poultry flocks

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs are medically important antibiotics whose use is regulated. New guidelines for these drugs become effective in January 1, 2017.  How will these changes affect small-scale poultry producers?  This webinar, originally aired on December 12, 2016, does a great job explaining the VFD rule and how to proceed in caring for your small flock.  Please use this link  to view the hour long webinar.

Considering Uncertain Payoffs of Improved Biosecurity

Douglas G. Tiffany Research Fellow, Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering,  University of Minnesota Since the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the spring of 2015, strong efforts have been made by U of M and Minnesota Department of Ag staff, and poultry associations to inform poultry producers of operating practices and capital expenditures that should reduce the risk of HPAI in turkeys, layers and broilers. Contractors are offering tighter structures with easier to clean surfaces, advanced air filtration systems in addition to Danish entry systems and vehicle wash pads. There are no guarantees that each of these approaches, alone, will prevent a HPAI infection, but they all should help, but will cost money. However, the reduction in infection rates of flocks due to a particular practice or improvement in facilities is difficult to predict.

Research Update: Probiotic bacteria P. freudenreichii has impact on Salmonella

Divek Nair and Anup Kollanoor-Johny Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota Recently, there has been increasing interest to use probiotic bacteria as an alternative to conventional antibiotics in controlling pathogens in animal agriculture, including poultry. Probiotics are live microorganisms that if administered in adequate quantity result in desired health benefits in the host, including reduction of pathogenic bacteria. Several probiotic bacteria, including Lactobacillus spp., Bacillus spp., Bifidobacterium, and Pediococcus have been used in the poultry industry, either individually or in combination. Propionibacterium freudenreichii, the focus of this study, has proven probiotic properties and is commonly present in fermented dairy products such as cheese.

U of M researchers need your help

University of Minnesota researchers are committed to helping poultry producers and owners understand and learn from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza ( HPAI) event of 2015. Various funding sources have allowed for research to proceed in order to better understand the causes of HPAI, susceptibility of hosts and what prevention measures can be used and how. Currently, there are three research projects that need collaborating partners from area poultry farms. We invite you to learn more about each of the studies and look forward to working with you for the good of Minnesota’s poultry industry.