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Concern about coccidiosis elevated during the past year due to
the continued expansion of antibiotic-free operations. ABF and NAE
programs don't allow ionophore anticoccidials and many programs prohibit chemical anticoccidials as well,
so current anticoccidial programs
rely on vaccinations or alternative
According to the survey, ionophores still represent the majority
of coccidia control programs. The
report said 55 percent of the 265.9
million head of turkeys represented
by the survey respondents during
the August 2016 to August 2017
time period used ionophores for
part of the 12-month survey period.
Chemical anticoccidials accounted
for 33 percent of the flock and coccidia vaccination for 7 percent.
Turkey farmers are also turning to
alternative supplements, called phytonutrients in the report. Alternatives
were used for coccidian control on 14
percent of the flock. The alternative
treatments may be used in addition
to other coccidia control measures.
Phytonutrients include plant extracts,
also called phytogenics, prebiotics
and essential oils.
Leg problems include a number of conditions - such as spiral
fractures of the tibia or femur and
lameness - and can be caused by
disorders like pododermatitis,
fractured femurs, fractured tibia,
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osteomyelitis, tibial dyschondroplasia and spondylolisthesis. The
year 2017 saw an increase in the
incidence of valgus and varus leg
deformities, which contributed to
increased mortality in affected
flocks. The cause of those conditions is not determined.
FOR ALL SEASONS
From summer heat to winter frost, the ecology of a broiler
house is constantly changing, which can lead to an increased
coccidiosis challenge. The precocious strains of HATCHPAK®
COCCI III vaccine induce optimum immunity with minimal
lesions.1 So, at whatever level of coccidiosis challenge, your
flock can be safely protected year round.
1 Data on file.
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