Flock treatment of some poultry diseases
New Zealand Veterinary Journal, Volume 25, Issue 12, pp 397-398, Dec 1977
Article class: Scientific Article
Subject Terms: Alimentary system/gastroenterology, Animal remedies/veterinary medicines, Antibiotics, Bacterial, Diet/rations/food, Disease/defect, Infectious disease, Nutrition/metabolism, Parasites - internal, Protozoa, Treatment/therapyTaylor and Francis
AbstractThis afternoon I will talk in general terms about mass medication of poultry flocks. The principles apply equally to any flock or herd medication, and probably tend to be better understood and applied in other domestic species. In intensive livestock production, we are generally operating a monoculture or the keeping of large numbers of a single species in a confined area. We go further with intensive poultry production by keeping single-age groups of a single species at very high density and, further still, by keeping these flocks free of particular pathogens, hence fully susceptible, and often surrounded by other farms whose flocks carry these pathogens. Most of the production problems, especially diseases, encountered in modern poultry units relate directly to what we might call the monoculture imbalance.
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