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    Feeding Turkey Breeders.

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    Feeding Turkey Breeders.

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    Haemorrhagic enteritis seroconversion in turkey breeders: field observations

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    Seroconversion to viral haemorrhagic enteritis (HE) was studied in seven flocks of turkey breeders (17.974 birds in total), after 20 weeks of the onset of egg production. They showed no clinical signs, and mortality rate was normal. However, the infection caused a drop in egg production lasting about five weeks (-2.32 eggs laid during this period), but had no effect on hatching parameters

    The Welfare of Animals in the Turkey Industry

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    The natural behavior and habitat of wild turkeys stand in sharp contrast to the life of turkeys commercially raised for meat. Overcrowded in automated, barren "grow-out" houses, turkeys are offered little opportunity to display their full range of complex social, foraging, and exploratory behavior. Today's commercial breeds grow at an unnaturally rapid pace to unprecedented weights. This forced rapid growth further compromises their health and welfare, and causes them to suffer from skeletal, muscular, and other health problems, as well as painful and often crippling leg disorders. Breeding birds, unable to mate naturally due to genetic selection for fast growth and excess breast muscle (meat), must be continuously feed-deprived in order to control weight. The catching, transport, and slaughter of turkeys subject them to stress, injury, and pain

    Nutritional Studies with Caged Turkey Breeders

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    Turkey Egg Hatchability in South Dakota

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    Feed industry financing and contract programs in Iowa and surrounding states

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    Contract farming (or vertical integration) has been discussed widely during the past few years. It has been the subject of many articles in farm I magazines, trade publications and professional I journals.3 Authors differ greatly as to their interpretation of contract farming and in their attitude toward it. Opinions differ and uncertainty persists concerning future developments and I trends in contract farming under midwestern conditions.https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/specialreports/1025/thumbnail.jp

    Turkey Manual

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    In the past, South Dakota turkey producers relied heavily upon shipped-in eggs as their source of poults. This was primarily due to three factors, (1) the industry was comparatively small and the demand was only moderate, (2) lateness in the season of available eggs to supply poults (3) lack of knowledge on the care of breeders. The tremendous increase in turkey production has brought about a change in this practice. Seventy-five percent of the state\u27s turkey growers secured poults from their own breeding flock, according to a study made by the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. Some of the contributing factors for this shift were: High cost of shipped-in eggs, irregularity of the supply which did not have definite methods of flock improvement, shipped-in stock not acclimated to South Dakota temperatures and the realization by turkey producers that turkey breeding flocks could be profitable. (See more in text.
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