IPPE 2022: Tips for improving animal husbandry

Dr. Rick Phillips, Director, Key Account Veterinarian – Poultry at Boehringer Ingelheim, talks to IPPE’s The Poultry Site about the state of animal husbandry in North America and offers tips for improving on-farm husbandry.


January 26, 2022

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Speaker 1: Hello, this is Sarah Miel from the poultry site. And today we are here with Dr. Rick Phillips. He is Key Account Veterinary Director for Poultry at Bowinger Ingelheim. So thank you for being with us today, Dr.

Speaker 2: Phillips. Well, I appreciate it. Thank you for your time. Very

Speaker 1: Good. And so here we are today at IPPE in Atlanta. Happy to

Speaker 2: Come back. Yes. I am okay. Two years from now. It’s nice to see everyone.

Speaker 1: Absolutely. So, uh, let’s talk about breeding and some of the things that [00:00:30] you see in the industry right now, where, where are we?

Speaker 2: Well, in the United States, uh, you know, we have, we moved into environmentally controlled homes years ago. So the majority of industries, uh, have environmentally controlled houses, it’s really a unique technology, uh, to control them. So breeding in general is, uh, pretty good. Uh, but, uh, but the, the, the farms have grown over time. And, uh, I think I’m putting pressure on the contracts. The contracts are the farmers, uh, really the, uh, husband and wife who own [00:01:00] the farms that may oppose them. Uh, and some, uh, some of these farms are very large. They have, uh, eight to ten houses that they have to manage. So, uh, so they, they, they can’t spend as much time in these homes as before and they rely on, uh, technology to manage airflow, litter quality. This is very important for the overall performance of the animals. So, uh, I think, uh, as we move forward in time, we’ll start to see, uh, this change a bit where we bring in more resources to help with that, but also the technologies continue [00:01:30] to, uh, move forward. Uh, it helps with, uh, uh, the conditions in the house which, that, that allows, uh, the animal to thrive much better than it has in the past. Very

Speaker 1: Good. And what advice producers can do on a day-to-day basis just to improve their animal have been proven.

Speaker 2: Uh, uh, the most important thing is to be in the houses and closely monitor what is happening with the environment. Air quality is therefore critical, depending on the time of year, which leads to litter [00:02:00] conditions. So if you can keep the litter dry and airy, uh, quality litter in good condition, uh, the birds can do just fine. A lot of the diseases that we see today are considered, uh, primary diseases that really aren’t, they’re really secondary to environmental stresses. So if we can keep this air at the right temperature where the chick needs it, uh, at age, that changes and the quality of the litter, ie it is dry. Uh, we can see a lot less disease and much healthier chickens, [00:02:30] uh, go ahead.

Speaker 1: So even just focusing on a few key areas, can, it seems like can

Speaker 2: Make a big difference. Absoutely. A big, big difference. And it’s really clear about the immune system. So I, I would really focus on the immune system. It’s transient immunosuppression, so cold, uh, wet litter, everything pushes, uh, immunity to, uh, to, to wane and allow what we call opportunistic organisms to take off. And, uh, and then you gotta treat these organisms like they’re primary, but if you, you just spent some quality time [00:03:00] on air and litter, uh, you can reduce the level of disease, uh, that you see in your operations.

Speaker 1: Very good. Well thank you very much for all this information.

Speaker 2: Today, Dr. Phillips. I really appreciate your time and thank you. Thanks for coming. IPP E. Thank you. This is

Speaker 1: Sarah Michael with poultry

Speaker 2: Sites. Thank you.

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