Poultry Science Symposium Series Series

Alternative Systems for Poultry

Health, Welfare and Productivity

June 2012
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  • Published
    4th June 2012
  • ISBN 9781845938246
  • Language English
  • Pages 376 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
  • Images 89 illus

How poultry are housed and managed in order to ensure profitability, sustainability, and good levels of animal welfare are the challenging issues that commercial poultry keepers face, particularly where legislation is bringing about legal requirements for housing. This book compares and contrasts alternative housing with conventional and traditional systems for commercial poultry (laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, waterfowl and gamebirds) with regards to welfare, disease, health, nutrition, sustainability and genotype-environment interaction.

Part 1 - Introduction, Legislation, Economics and Sustainability
1. What are Alternative Systems for Poultry?
2. The Impact of Legislation and Assurance Schemes on Alternative Systems for Poultry Welfare
3. Politics and Economics

Part 2 - Disease and Health
4. The Effects of Alternative Systems on Disease and Health of Poultry
5. Production Systems for Laying Hens and Broilers and Risk of Human Pathogens

Part 3 - Village and Backyard Poultry
6. Introduction to Village and Backyard Poultry Production
7. Technology and Programmes for Sustainable Improvement of Village Poultry production

Part 4 - Waterfowl and Game Birds
8. Production Systems for Waterfowl
9. Game Bird Breeding, Brooding and Rearing - Health and Welfare

Part 5 - Laying Hens
10. Housing and Management of Layer Breeders in Rearing and Production
11. Furnished Cages for Laying Hens
12. Performance, Welfare, Health and Hygiene of Laying Hens inNon-cage Systems in Comparison with Cage Systems

Part 6 - Meat Birds
13. Housing and Management of Broiler Breeders and Turkey Breeders
14. Alternative Systems for Meat Chickens and Turkeys: Production, Health and Welfare

Part 7 - Challenges and Opportunities
15. Nutritional Challenges of Alternative Production Systems
16. Genotype Environment Interaction: Breeding Layers with Different Requirements for Varying Housing Systems
17. Is There a Future for Alternative Systems?

Victoria Sandilands

Victoria Sandilands is at the Avian Science Research Centre, SAC, UK.

Paul M. Hocking

Paul M. Hocking is at The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Midlothian, UK.