Vol. 48 (2), October 2013

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Flock, Editor


This month, the World’s largest book fair, the Frankfurter Buchmesse, brought together more than 250,000 people – publishers, authors, teachers and interested readers – to update information on recent publications and monitor trends in the global business of information and entertainment. While the number of publications continues to grow, the competition is getting tougher. The growing share of E-books offers new opportunities for buyers and sellers.

Eight years ago, when we started to publish Lohmann Information in digital format, we were curious how many readers would go along. It turned out that we lost only a handful of readers who would still prefer a printed edition. And despite the change from German to English language the number of readers continues to grow, even in the German speaking countries. Our address list for direct mailing currently has 2,772 readers in 132 countries.

The global business of multiplying printed material has come a long way since Johannes Gutenberg developed the first known printing machine in 1448, and you may or may not give Bill Gates or Steve Jobs credit for their contributions to a “better” world. A fact is that more people can read and write with the help of modern digital techniques, with positive and negative consequences: you can benefit from available information anywhere at any time, but you are also in danger of being flooded with unwanted e-mails, advertising and biased publications.

Back in 1966, when I was offered a position as geneticist in the poultry industry, my major professor, Jay Lush, offered two encouraging arguments: (1) the company was focused on a scientific approach to breeding and offered more potential for continued learning in modern poultry breeding than any university and (2) the company would also encourage publications in scientific journals. As editor of this journal, I try to contribute to the continuing flow of useful information. In case you don’t find at least one article of interest in this issue, I suggest to visit the “ARCHIVE” for previous papers or to drop me a note with suggestions which topic you would like to see covered in a future issue.

This issue of Lohmann Information starts with two papers on poultry health, followed by two papers on poultry nutrition and three papers of special interest in connection with poultry welfare, environmental sustainability and hatching egg treatment to optimize hatchability. Common to all 7 contributions is the basic question: how can current knowledge be applied to achieve the best possible combination of bird welfare, protection of the environment and sustainable economics?
1. Prof. Dr. med.vet. Dr. h.c. Erhard F. Kaleta worked all his life with poultry and just published a book in two volumes, describing the history of Poultry Medicine at the University of Gießen (ISBN: 978-3-8359-5994-1) and Research on Poultry Diseases (ISBN: 978-3-8359-5995-8), which are recommended for German speaking readers. The paper DISINFECTION IN POULTRY MEDICINE – AIMS AND MEANS should be of general interest for people working with poultry.

2. Prof. Hebert Trenchi, University of Montevideo, Uruguay, explains principles of IMMUNOLOGY AND DISEASE PREVENTION IN POULTRY with focus on applicability under field conditions in different parts of the world. Keeping birds alive and healthy is obviously of common interest from the viewpoint of bird welfare, efficient use of resources and economics.

3. Dr. Murdo MacLeod, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, well-known as nutritionist and past editor of British Poultry Science, takes a critical look at NUTRITION-RELATED OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF ALTERNATIVE POULTRY PRODUCTION SYSTEMS, reviewing advantages and disadvantages of alternative systems and suggesting answers to current conflicts between limitations for organic production and sustainable use of resources.

4. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heinz Jeroch and Dr. habil. K. Kozlowski, University of Olsztyn, Poland, document in their article IMPROVING THE NUTRITIVE VALUE OF POULTRY FEEDSTUFFS: THE RAPESEED PRODUCTS EXAMPLE how the competitiveness of rapeseed as a component of poultry feed has been improved and suggest that further improvements can be expected from joint efforts of plant and poultry breeding as well as technical treatments of feed components.

5. Dr. Klaus Damme and Stefanie Urselmans, Kitzingen, Germany, address a „hot topic“ in European poultry welfare, based on recent experimental results, in their article INFRARED BEAK TREATMENT – A TEMPORARY SOLUTION? Although the message seems clear, the question remains whether public opinion and political decisions in Germany will be impressed by these research results.

6. Dr. Ilkka Leinonen and Ilias Kyriazakis, Newcastle University, UK, report on the results of their analysis QUANTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF UK BROILER AND EGG PRODUCTION SYSTEMS. Large differences were found in many categories of environmental impacts, reflecting mainly differences in feed efficiency.

7. Dr. Dinah Nicholson et al., Aviagen Ltd., summarize the results of a series of designed experiments to improve hatchability after prolonged storage by application of SHORT PERIODS OF INCUBATION DURING EGG STORAGE – SPIDES. The technique essentially simulates what a broody hen does while adding an egg to her clutch every day.

With kind regards,

Lohmann Information:
Vol. 48 (2), October 2013

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Disinfection in poultry medicine – aims and means
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Immunology and Disease Prevention in Poultry
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Nutrition-related opportunities and challenges
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Improving the Nutritive Value of Poultry Feedstuffs
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Infrared beak treatment – a temporary solution?
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Quantifying the environmental impacts of UK broiler and egg production systems
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Short Periods of Incubation During Egg Storage – SPIDES
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