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Mycotoxins and Their Effect on Poultry and Swine Production - Articles Articles
Feed grains contaminated by mycotoxins hurt feed quality and are detrimental to production in poultry and swine. Some key mycotoxins can induce differential impacts on poultry and swine production performance. More
"Week Old Chicks" by Jack Berry
Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks - Articles Articles

Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV

Poultry respiratory symptoms have many potential causes, some more serious than others. More
Common Respiratory Diseases of Small Poultry Flocks
Common Respiratory Diseases of Small Poultry Flocks - Videos Videos

Common Respiratory Diseases of Small Poultry Flocks

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV

7:57

Learn about causes and symptoms of several common respiratory diseases of poultry, and the prognosis and possible treatments for each. More
Getting Help for Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks
Getting Help for Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks - Videos Videos

Getting Help for Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV

5:07

If your poultry show signs of respiratory disease, learn what you should do, where to find help, and the resources available to owners of small flocks. More
Preventing Respiratory Disease in Small Poultry Flocks
Preventing Respiratory Disease in Small Poultry Flocks - Videos Videos

Preventing Respiratory Disease in Small Poultry Flocks

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV

9:15

To prevent respiratory disease, start with healthy birds and avoid introducing sick birds. Learn how to purchase healthy birds and add them to your flock. More
photo: AAAP
Marek's Disease in Chickens - Articles Articles

Marek's Disease in Chickens

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV, Gregory P Martin, Ph.D., PAS

Marek’s Disease is by far one of the most common illnesses in small flocks and not treatable once the clinical signs have begun. Yet, it is one of the most preventable illnesses using vaccination. More
photo credit: Greg Martin
National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Biosecurity Planning - Articles Articles
A formal plan for biosecurity is being directed by USDA/NPIP that will eventually lead to audits for those farms participating in this program. A NPIP biosecurity plan would augment a farm's overall HPAI control program. More
Eileen Fabian, Penn State University
Poultry Welfare Officer Training - Workshops Workshops
Poultry Welfare Officer Training is a two-day, research-based workshop on proven poultry handling and processing practices in a practical interactive format. More
Pest Management Recommendations for Poultry
Pest Management Recommendations for Poultry - Articles Articles

Pest Management Recommendations for Poultry

Charles W. Pitts, Phillip E. Kaufman, Donald A. Rutz

Flies, beetles, and mites are often a major concern for commercial poultry operations in the northeastern United States. More
Wayne County Ag Day
Wayne County Ag Day - Conferences Conferences
Join us for the 2018 Wayne County Ag Day, an educational day for local area Ag producers. More
Blood Collection from Poultry
Blood Collection from Poultry - Videos Videos

Blood Collection from Poultry

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV

10:44

This video describes taking blood samples from poultry to test for exposure to infectious diseases. Correct bird restraint and handling of the sample are also demonstrated. More
Poultry Production - Back to the Basics
Poultry Production - Back to the Basics - Articles Articles
Importance of water quality in poultry. Simple tips and advice to improve water sanitation. More
Protecting your Poultry
Protecting your Poultry - Videos Videos

Protecting your Poultry

Erin Greenleaf, Capri Stiles-Mikesell

10:03

This video will walk you through the many responsibilities that go along with a poultry project such as keeping your birds healthy, happy, and free from harm. More
Pennsylvania Poultry Sales and Service Conference - and - Northeast Conference on Avian Diseases
Pennsylvania Poultry Sales and Service Conference - and - Northeast Conference on Avian Diseases - Conferences Conferences
Don’t miss this two-day conference where you'll get the most current information that's important in the poultry industry. More
Biosecurity Overview
Biosecurity Overview - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Overview

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Farm Biosecurity: Management practices to minimize or prevent the transmission of disease within and between herds and flocks. More
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors - Articles Articles
A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk of individuals to dairy herds. More
Biosecurity Fundamentals
Biosecurity Fundamentals - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Fundamentals

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The basics of disease biosecurity, why a biosecurity plan should be implemented, and how to get a plan in motion. More
Creating a Poultry Flock Plan
Creating a Poultry Flock Plan - Videos Videos

Creating a Poultry Flock Plan

Paul Patterson

7:09

An emergency preparedness guide for poultry owners. In this video, animal health experts outline the important steps in the creation of a flock plan. More
Proper Animal Mortality Disposal
Proper Animal Mortality Disposal - Videos Videos

Proper Animal Mortality Disposal

J. Craig Williams

4:16

This video provides an overview of the approved methods of animal disposal in Pennsylvania, along with best management practices for each method. More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions - Articles Articles

Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Biosecurity is a series of measures implemented to prevent or reduce the introduction and spread of infectious disease pathogens. The provided checklists help determine the biosecurity risk of individuals and animals. More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm - Articles Articles

Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Biosecurity - A Practical Approach
Biosecurity - A Practical Approach - Articles Articles

Biosecurity - A Practical Approach

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Biosecurity is a set of practices employed to prevent the importation of infectious organisms into a herd or flock, and their transmission between animals. More
Introduction to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Introduction to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Videos Videos

Introduction to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Gregory P Martin, Ph.D., PAS, Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV, Phillip Clauer

1:03

Introduction to risks of Avian Influenza a precautions you can take to protect your flock. More
What is Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza?
What is Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza? - Videos Videos
Video explaining causes and concerns of Avian Influenza More
What Should I Do if Health Issues Arise?
What Should I Do if Health Issues Arise? - Videos Videos
Where to get help if you are concerned you may have Avian Influenza. More
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