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Since 1st February 2019, the Chair of 'Agricultural Engineering and Robotics' has been occupied by Prof. Chris McCool (from Brisbane/Australia). Prof. McCool replaces Prof. Schulze Lammers, who will be retired on 15 March 2019.

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You are here: Home Research Livestock Technology Folder_Projects 2016-10-01 Concept for broilers husbandry to reduce the risk of re-contamination during fattening, to improve animal health (...) - fitAvis

2016-10-01 Concept for broilers husbandry to reduce the risk of re-contamination during fattening, to improve animal health (...) - fitAvis

poultry, antibiotic resistance, keeping concept, animal health

 

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Project Description

 

In Germany poultry is purely kept in barn systems. In the beginning of each residence period the barn gets interspersed. This litter remains on the ground during the whole fattening period. The majority of the animals excrement can be found in the area near to the feed and water line. Because of the collective drug administration, parts of the ingredients can remain in the broilers faeces. Based on the animals natural behavior, contamination and reuptake of the excreted agents is highly probable.

The Objective of this project is to create an innovative concept of keeping, based on the composition of soil and a huge improvement in the animals health, while increasing standards of hygiene in barns. The use of a perforated floor in the areas of the feed and water line, allows an fast removal of the excrements. Between the areas of feed and water, there will be interspersed surfaces for the use of pecking, scratching and dustbathing. To guarantee the permanent access to crumbly and dry litter, a technology of bedding shall be developed, which will be customized to the amount of faeces. Furthermore, a suitable material of litter shall be used.

The process of targeted removal of faeces will reduce the risk of infection and contamination. Thereby a potential reduction of antibiotic treatments and the belonging antibiotic resistance can be expected. Furthermore, there might be positive influences on the health of the animals footpad. Through the drying of the animals excrement a reduction of ammonia emissions is also possible.

 

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Hölscher+Leuschner

 

 

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