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Science continues to
Presentations on various topics pertaining to egg production and
poultry well-being explore industry insights and implications.
he 2009 Poultry Science Associa- fer to range at 12 weeks of age. Pullets Article 246P – Effect of Different
tion Meeting included a number of reared in cages were heavier than pen/ Cage-Systems on Laying Hen Welfare
presentations which have direct im- range reared birds by 0.2 lb. Total feed Scientists at the Shandong Agricultur-
plications for commercial egg produc- consumed was 13% lower in pen/range al University compared the performance
tion. The signi cant papers are reviewed reared pullets attributed to foraging after of laying hens in conventional cages
within topic categories. 12 weeks of age. It was noted that pullets with aviaries and furnished cages. Feed
must gain familiarity with ranges, roosts conversion ratio was signi cantly lower
Welfare and nests and learn foraging behavior in standard tiered cages and egg output
Welfare is a signi cant issue relat- prior to onset of production. was signi cantly higher than in the al-
ing to the design of housing, production ternative non-con ned systems. There
management and consumer acceptance. Article 174 – A Comparison of Hu- was no difference in either egg produc-
Presentations at the PSA Meeting en- moral Immune Function in Response to tion or feed conversion between aviaries
compassed rearing, colony vs. conven- a Killed Newcastle Vaccine Challenge in and furnished cages. After experiencing
tional cages and nutrient composition Caged vs. Free-Range Hy-Line Brown fear, the plasma non-esteri ed fatty acid
in eggs from hens housed in cages com- Layers levels were signi cantly lower in caged
pared to range production. In an attempt to evaluate stress in hens compared to alternative systems.
Article 170 – A Comparative Exami- hens subjected to either cage or range It is signi cant that the study did not
nation of Rearing Parameters for Brown housing, subjects were injected with an evaluate corticosteroid levels or heter-
Egg-Type Pullets Grown for Either inactivated Newcastle disease emulsion ophil ratios which are standard measures
Range or Cage Production to compare antibody titers as in uenced of stress. Plasma creatine kinase, uric
This presentation is derived from data by housing system. Caged hens dem- acid, glucose or non-esteri ed fatty ac-
assembled from the random sample test onstrated a signi cantly higher level of ids which were determined would not
conducted by Ken Anderson at North antibody production compared to free- generally be regarded as direct indica-
Carolina State University. His studies range hens. Heterophilia (increased ratio tors of the level of stress. The authors’
have recently been extended to oor- of heterophil blood cells to lymphocytes) conclusion that there is greater stress in
housed ocks in both cage-free houses consistent with higher levels of stress conventional cages cannot be supported
and on pasture. Hy-Line brown pullets was documented. These ndings are by either the experimental design or the
were reared using either cages allowing consistent with the acknowledged higher data obtained.
48 inch2 per pullet or brooded in oor mortality in free-range hens compared to
pens allowing 1 ft2/pullet with trans- ocks housed in cages. Article 225 – Comparison of Nutrient
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possibility is that mature hens with in- on slats. Washing significantly reduced Soy Hulls: 1. Physiological Response
tact intestinal flora resist colonization. It total plate count by 1.6 log10 cfu/mL. A study conducted in Brazil consid-
is evident that hens housed on wire slats Washing significantly reduced coliform ered the physiological stress of hens sub-
or in cages which inhibit coprophagy are counts by 0.5 log10 cfu/mL. Housing jected to either feed removal or alterna-
generally refactory to Campylobacter in- hens in cages with manure removal belts tive molting programs. The response of
fection since the organism cannot persist resulted in the lowest total plate counts hens was determined by assaying blood
in a dry environment and requires moist for both non-washed and washed eggs plasma, cholesterol, glucose, triglycer-
fecal material in which to survive. The compared to housing in a room with ides, high and low density lipoproteins
logical extension of this study would be cages, slats or shavings. Since all com- at 79 through 92 weeks of age using
to evaluate the shedding of SE in hens mercial eggs are washed in accordance Hy-Line W-36 hens with induction of
receiving successive doses of live attenu- with USDA directives specifying tem- molt at 80 weeks of age (most molting
ated SE vaccine as pullets compared to perature, chlorine level and pH of sani- in the U.S. commences at 65 weeks).
controls. tizer, shell contamination in U.S. eggs The control comprised 10 days of fast-
should be low. It is noted that eggs pro- ing followed by cracked corn for 8 days
Article 228 - Room Environment In- duced on currently available on-belt ma- and a pullet developer for 10 days. This
fluence on Eggshell Bacterial Levels nure drying systems are generally free of regimen corresponds closely to previous
of Non-Washed and Washed Eggs from dust, resulting in cleaner eggs than those U.S. practice. Alternative molting diets
Caged and Caged-Free Laying Hens derived from high-rise houses. consisted of soy hulls for 4 to 12 days
There is renewed interest in the EU followed by low energy diets comprising
regarding the washing of eggs which is Molting soy hulls for 8 or 12 days, in turn fol-
a standard U.S. practice. Eggs were col- Although producers conforming to lowed by 10, 6, or 2 days of a low energy
lected from hens housed either on wire UEP Guidelines now initiate molt us- diet containing soy hulls and then 4 days
slats or from litter pens and were assayed ing diets of low energy and salt content, of cracked corn and 10 days of pullet de-
for aerobic bacteria and coliforms. Non- there are still aspects of molting which veloper. Molted hens showed lower trig-
washed eggs produced by hens on lit- are worthy of scientific evaluation in- lyceride levels than control birds regard-
ter had higher numbers of bacteria and cluding welfare and dietary formulation. less of molting diet. No differences were
coliforms compared to eggs produced Article 242P – Molting Hens Using observed among treatments with respect
Some things are worth waiting for...
...like the new family of Staalkat egg graders
Jim Nield Craig England
www.WATTAgNet.com • October 2009 • EggIndustry • 7
creating with passion for the future of the industry
l Reviewing PSA collections l havioral patterns in hens subjected to molt. These effects declined with age
either fasting or feeding diets containing through 83 weeks. Neither of the papers
to plasma assays. Data was not provided soy hulls. Aggressive pecking was not from Brazil dealing with formulation of
on subsequent performance of hens mol- observed in the study but there was no soy hull diets and behavior represents ad-
ted using alternative programs. indication of previous beak treatment. In vances in our knowledge of molting.
all treatments, molted hens showed frus-
Article 234P – Molting Hens Using tration in their resting, preening and non- Article 244P – Molt Induction Using
Soy Hulls: 2. Behavioral Responses aggressive pecking behaviors compared Dietary Myceliated Grain
This companion paper dealt with be- to controls which were not subjected to Myceliated grain is available as a by-
product of corn fermentation. Molt diets
were prepared using the ingredient and
were compared with non-fed and full-fed
hens. Alternative molting diets evaluated
included 90% alfalfa meal plus 10% myce-
liated meal. Hens which were either starved
or fed 100% myceliated meal ceased pro-
duction by the fifth day of evaluation. Body
weight loss was significantly higher in the
fasted hens (57%) compared to 8% with full
fed hens with values ranging from 35% to
44% for the various diets containing myc-
eliated meal. Myceliated meal, available as
a commercial product, AF-90 was the sub-
ject of a presentation made at the Southern
Poultry Science Society Meeting in Janu-
ary 2009. At this time it was not considered
to be an acceptable ingredient to be used in
molting diets based on cost relative to inert
ingredients such as soy and oat hulls.
Article 84 – Evaluation of Limit Feed-
ing Varying Levels of DDGS in Non Feed
Withdrawal Molt Program for Laying
Dr. Ken Koelkebeck of the University
of Illinois is considered the lead research-
er in the field of alternatives to initiating
molt by fasting. Various combinations of
wheat middlings, corn, soybean hulls and
DDGS were contrasted over eight treat-
ments extending for 28 days. Body weight
loss ranged from 7% in the corn/DDGS
and DDGS treatments to 25% (corn/soy
hulls) with other combinations intermedi-
ate between the extremes. No consistent
differences were observed among treat-
ments throughout the post- molt period
with respect to egg weight or egg produc-
tion. This trial demonstrated that DDGS
fed at a level of 14 lb/100 hens a day for
16 days followed by 12 lb/100 hens a day
for 12 days during the molt period did not
completely eliminate egg production but
post molt performance was not different
to feeding combinations of corn and soy-
bean hulls. Additional studies on DDGS
in molt diets are proceeding. EI
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Qa: Approaching today’s
poultry and egg industry
Dr. Doug Grieve, president of Hy-Line International, gives Egg Industry
insight on what his company is doing and hopes to do for the poultry industry.
r. Doug Grieve obtained his undergraduate, EI: How are the strains currently under development performing in the
MS and DVM degrees all from Michigan context of commercial parameters?
State University. He was appointed to Hy- DG: Traits must be changed or selected to conform to the demands
Line in 1994 as a Technical Service Veterinarian, of the market. Challenges include restoration of nesting behavior for
became the Director of Global Technical Serv- non-con ned ocks and enhancing socialization. Our current selec-
ices in 2006 and was then promoted to company tion standard is the UEP Guideline which is based on principles as
president. assessed by a scienti c panel. Basically, we believe that pressure is
EI: How is Hy-Line responding to the challenge good for the industry and we are responding by adapting our strains
Dr. Doug Grieve, DVM of welfare compliance? to provide optimal performance under emerging housing and man-
DG: Our selection programs consider temper- agement situations.
ament and behavior in the group environment. Hy-Line selects families EI: Sustainability will become an important determinant of pro tability
using birds that have entire beaks on the basis of performance in both and marketability in years to come. How is Hy-Line responding to this
cages and oor systems. It is necessary to provide a hen that is calm, consideration?
has good livability and is well suited to the environment for which it is DG: We have maintained intensive selection for improved feed con-
intended. version ef ciency over many generations. Programs initiated by Dr.
Jim Arthur, which are now under the capable leadership of Dr. Neal
O’Sullivan, are incorporating feed utilization, manure output and feath-
er cover in selection programs. With our international perspective, Hy-
Line has certainly adopted a “green view” with respect to production
and we are trying to anticipate and satisfy the needs of our customers
through our breeding program
EI: Currently almost a third of all eggs produced in the U.S. are con-
verted to liquid products. Does this reality in uence breeding?
DG: Both our W-36 and W-98 egg strains provide a high percentage
of solids. Egg mass and percent egg yolk are the drivers for optimizing a
commercial variety for the egg processing industry. We believe that the
proportion of eggs that will be broken will steadily increase and we must
be in a position to offer products which bene t this market.
EI: Have recent changes in the structure of the industry in uenced Hy-
Line geneticists and management specialist?
DG: Our approach to pullet rearing and management is being re-
evaluated. We recognize that a uniform ock of pullets of adequate
weight and maturity will contribute to maximum egg yield. Manage-
ment of pullet ocks will receive greater attention in the future with re-
spect to nutrition, housing, ventilation and prevention of disease. This is
exempli ed in a technical service school to be held in North America in
2010 which will concentrate on commercial production. Hy-Line Inter-
national has a long history of schools for our customers, but to date our
schools have been structured for our international customers to optimize
production at the parent level. The new approach will be to improve
production technology in North America to assist customers in reaching
the inherent genetic potential of our products.
EI: How are you approaching increased demands for product safety?
DG: As primary breeders at the top of the reproduction pyramid,
it is incumbent on Hy-Line to achieve the highest possible standards
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Qa: The many applications
ISA and Hendrix Genetics focus on achieving new heights
in egg production.
ave Libertini, VP of Americas portant when the economy is challenging. the health value inherent to eggs. Today,
for Hendrix Genetics, and Eu- We think that in the long term, demand most consumers view eggs as a healthy,
gene Fridman, sales manager for for eggs by society will grow. nutritional food compatible with daily
ISA North America, touch upon the Our focus in breeding means that to- use.
importance of the egg and the industry day’s layer converts feed and produces But there is more to be done. Eggs re-
surrounding it. more eggs than ever before. A hen which ally are a “wonder” product with so many
Egg Industry. Could you describe can produce 500 eggs in one extended cy- applications. We need to continue to edu-
recent changes in the multiplication cle is in our future. cate consumers that eggs are produced in
programs and distribution of Bovans, a safe, humane way which respects ani-
ISA and Shaver products in North EI. How do you view the future of liq- mals and the environment but at a price
America? uid and dried egg production? which everyone can afford. We have a
Dave Libertini/Eugene Fridman. DL/EF. It is amazing to see how the compelling story to tell in this area.
Perhaps I should start by saying what further-processing of eggs has evolved.
hasn’t changed. ISA is committed to de- What started as an industry which used EI. How can the industry improve
livering healthy, productive and ef cient only surplus shell eggs has evolved into product safety and quality?
layers to the industry. With our global major segment of the North American DL/EF. Product safety and quality are
network of pure line farms, including our food industry. We envisage an extension the foundations of the business – without
units in Canada, we offer a secure source of this trend and expect that up to 50% trust from the public, we would not sur-
of genetic solutions for the global egg in-
dustry. ➤ Eggs are a very cost effective source of
We believe in offering alternatives
–Bovans, Shaver and Dekalb White prod- nutrition for consumers...
ucts and ISA and Bovans Brown prod-
ucts – which give producers a chance to
choose whatever suits their needs best. of eggs will be used for this purpose. Of vive. All of us in the industry, starting with
For years, we have focused our breed- course, this increase would be partly as Hendrix/ISA as primary breeders, need to
ing program on feed conversion, durabil- a result of extending the volume of ex- remain vigilant and focus on biosecurity.
ity and productivity which translates into ports. Product safety requires a constant effort,
pro t for our customers in dif cult eco- As a breeding company, we are focused following best practices.
nomic times. on both internal and external egg quality.
We are fortunate that many of the char- EI. Are there any other topics you con-
EI. Could you comment on current acteristics the industry requires – shell sider relevant or a message from Hen-
challenges facing the industry and pos- quality, solid content levels among others drix to the industry?
sible solutions? – have relatively high heritability and that DL/EF. As the successor to renowned
DL/EF. What we see is that all live- means we can improve each generation. North American breeding companies in
stock production faces challenges with the past and the repository of their genetic
higher input costs, uctuating demand EI. Please share your unique perspec- lines, we understand the trust the industry
and changing needs of consumers and tives on what we have achieved and has placed in ISA and our parent, Hendrix
society. We believe the egg industry is in where we may have erred as an indus- Genetics. We take our role very seriously
a great position to turn these challenges try over the past few years. and we are totally committed to the North
into opportunities. DL/EF. The egg industry has done an American industry. Our goal is to grow
Eggs are a very cost effective source of excellent job connecting with consumers with our customers and achieve prosper-
nutrition for consumers – especially im- and dealing with misperceptions about ity together. EI
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Back into proﬁt
Both the price and cost of eggs in August show a rise after a decline
in summer months.
he latest summary of costs re ect-
ing August 2009, distributed by Don
Bell of the University of California, Monthly proﬁts U.S. vs Midwest 2009
Riverside con rms a restoration to prof- 75.0
itability following the down months of 65.0
May through July, given an average U.S. Midwest U.S.
production cost of 56.7 cents/dozen and a 45.0
USDA price of 57.9 cents/dozen (Urner- 35.0
Barry Midwest price of 99.9 cents/dozen)
pro t attained 1.2 cents/dozen or 2.2 cents/
The bene cial effect of stable to de- 5.0
clining feed cost ($205/ton July; $201/ton -5.0
August) was largely responsible for the -15.0
improvement coupled with a higher real- -25.0
ization for the month. During the preced- Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total Avg
ing three months loss averaged 16.9 cents/ Midwest 33.9 8.7 10.1 20.3 -21.5 -25.3 -2.3 3.7 3.4
dozen with USDA cost of 43.9 cents and a U.S. 31.0 5.2 6.9 18.5 -20.1 -25.1 -5.5 1.2 1.5
60.8 cents/dozen production cost. It is not- Month
ed that effective January 2009, production
costs incorporate a value of 14.7 cents/ Comparison of monthly egg proﬁts in 2009 from Jan. to Aug. between the Midwest and
dozen for labor, depreciation and interest. rest of the U.S.
Courtesy of Don Bell, University of California, Riverside
Projections of national ock size show
a seasonal peak value of 281.3 million U.S. vs Midwest 2009— Producer Egg Prices
hens on December 1. During the January 100
to June 2009 period, ock size averaged 90
282.3 million hens. For the corresponding Midwest U.S.
period in 2010, Don Bell projects a 1.1% 80
decrease to an average of 278.3 million 70
The August to December 2009 UBMW 50
quote is forecast to be 105.2 cents/dozen 40
with a range of 99.9 cents/dozen in August 30
rising to 117.3 cents in November and De-
cember. Of this year, the forward projec- 20
tion for the rst half of 2010 provides an 10
average of 101.5 cents/dozen with a range Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total Avg
of 90.1 cents/dozen in May from a high Midwest 89.8 64.3 65.0 76.0 37.6 35.5 52.8 57.8 59.7
price of 109.7 cents/dozen in January. U.S. 89.6 63.9 64.3 77.1 41.2 38.6 51.9 57.9 60.6
Since breakeven, UBMW will be in the Month
range of 100 to 103 cents/dozen, losses are
anticipated for most producers of generic Producer egg prices in the Midwest and rest of the U.S. for Jan. through Aug. 2009.
eggs during the second quarter of 2010. EI Courtesy of Don Bell, Univeristy of California, Riverside
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Preparing pullet houses
to receive chicks
Many steps and tasks are involved in making a
house acceptable for new pullets.
John Brown DVM, MAM
n the days leading up to chick deliv- gain access, since they serve as reservoirs
ery, managers must prepare to receive of numerous infections which can impact
the consignment. This requires plan- ocks. After a thorough wash- down,
ning and attention to detail. the clean house should be disinfected
Preparation for receiving the next using a low-pressure sprayer or a fog-
ock should begin the moment the previ- ger to dispense a quaternary ammonium
ous ock of pullets is moved to the layer compound in accordance with the manu-
house. Loose pullets that may have es- facturer’s statutory label instructions. If Pullet houses must be detail cleaned after
caped the moving crew must be caught required, an approved insecticide can be old chicks go and before new consign-
and humanely disposed of. Sanitation is dispersed before placement of clean litter
the primary consideration in the prepara- in oor systems. Special provisions are level, thus requiring a prolonged period
tion of a house to receive the next ock of required for organic oor ocks to con- of heating prior to placement of the ock.
chicks. Dust and cobwebs must be blown form to the requirements of the National Rolls of chick paper must be placed on
down from rafters, ceiling, equipment Organic Plan. the oor of cages especially in the vicin-
and the walls. ity of nipples and a small amount of feed
All organic material, including dead Getting ready should be sprinkled on the paper before
birds, manure and remaining feed in the The area surrounding the pullet house the chicks arrive. The feed troughs must
feed lines, hoppers and feed bins must be must be cleaned. Trash and remaining be completely full to attract the chicks to
removed and disposed of in a remote lo- litter must be removed to prevent re- the feeder system. The complete water-
cation and not dumped near the entrance tracking of pathogens into the house. All ing system including all nipples must be
to the house. Any equipment that can be vegetation growing close to the house checked to con rm normal function with
removed from the house should be re- must be clipped to ground level and grass an acceptable rate of delivery.
moved, sanitized, and stored in a clean must be mowed. The concrete aprons and High intensity (3-5 foot candles) of
storage area during the cleanout period. perimeter areas surrounding the building lighting is very important to help the
The house must be washed down with should be disinfected. young chick to locate feed and water.
hot water and detergent using a high pres- Rodent bait in approved receptacles During the rst two days 22 hours of
should be placed outside the house and in light is recommended. If starting chicks
work areas and storage stations inside the in cages on two levels, ensure that house
To read advice on how to pullet house. Ideally preparations should lighting illuminates the nipples on both
be completed a few days prior to the ar- levels. Lighting control clocks should be
properly manage pullets & hens visit rival of the chicks. Down time is very set to the recommended program.
www.WattAgNet.com/10631.html bene cial in allowing bacteria and viruses Starting chicks in a clean, warm, bright
that were not killed by the cleaning and environment will allow the ock to attain
disinfection procedure to loose virulence. a strong start. EI
All cleaned equipment should be re-
sure sprayer to thoroughly remove any paired as necessary, reassembled, rein- Dr. John Brown earned his DVM from
remnants of organic matter. Water lines stalled and tested. Electrical and water- Auburn University in 1982 and an MAM
should be ushed and then charged with ing installations must be tested. from the University of Georgia in 1984.
a strong sanitizing agent and allowed to Approximately 24 hours before the He has been involved in the egg produc-
remain in piping for at least 24 hours be- scheduled arrival of the chicks, house tion industry since this time as a eld
fore re- ushing with potable water. All temperature should be raised to the rec- technical service veterinarian af liated
necessary repairs to the building must be ommended level. The air in the house will with DeKalb and Centurion advising on
completed, paying close attention to are- be at the desired temperature long before aspects of disease prevention and man-
as where rodents or free- ying birds may the cages or oor will attain an acceptable agement of pullet and laying ocks.
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lar per bushel basis was 1:2. It is now 1:3.
AEB reports increased use of Renewable fuels association
The price of corn is currently moderated
egg products justiﬁcation for diversion of corn
by anticipation of a bountiful season with
The summer 2009 edition of Egg- The Renewable Fuels Association high yields from an expanded acreage.
saminer directed to the institutional (RFA), representing U.S. ethanol produc- What the RFA do not take into account is
market lists innovative products which ers have circulated statistics relating to the the indirect costs to livestock producers of
increase the demand for liquid egg. estimated 2009 corn crop which suggest the consequential rise in price of soybeans
Some of the items noted include Weight that diversion to ethanol production has not which is borne by both producers and con-
Watchers Banana Nut Muf ns, Eating impacted livestock production. The report sumers as a hidden Federal (gasoline) tax.
Right Kids Frozen Entrée Line from fails to take into account the fact that de- The apparently favorable situation with
Safeway and Healthy Choice Natural mand for corn created in large measure by respect to corn would however be vastly
Entrees. The AEB has issued a 2009 diversion to ethanol has displaced acreage different in a drought year when yields
edition of the Egg Product Buyer’s previously used to produce soybeans. Prior would be depressed. Sharp rises in the cost
Guide which includes nutritional infor- to the advent of large-scale ethanol produc- of corn would result from disequilibrium
mation. tion the ration of corn to soybeans on a dol- between supply and demand. EI
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