Antibody Vaccine in Broilers Missed Objective


USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce it completed a funded research project at North Carolina State University in which researchers found that an antibody vaccine in broiler breeders failed to prevent kinky back in broilers.

The researchers, headed by Dr. Luke Borst and colleagues at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State, developed an experimental vaccine to protect broilers against developing “kinky back.”

The vaccine was used in broiler breeder hens to induce maternal antibody levels needed to provide protection to broilers. Although the vaccine induced antibody in the hens, the antibody failed to protect the broiler progeny of those hens against development of the disease.

Farm Bill Near Ready Status

A lobbyist close to the farm bill effort told the Hagstrom Report this week that the House Agriculture Committee staff is close to being done preparing the bill for consideration. However, the lobbyist says Chairman Mike Conaway will likely keep the bill “under lock and key” until House leadership guarantees floor time for the legislation. That points to the bill being introduced in early 2018. Conaway has previously mentioned he was hoping to move the bill to the full House for consideration late this year.

Regional Weather Forecast for November 7th through the 13th

Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, with the national weather outlook for November 7th through the 13th:

“Well into November we expect mild conditions above normal temperatures along and southeast of a line from the southern Rockies to the lower Great Lakes region.  Which puts much of the southeast and the lower Midwest in a warm weather pattern.”

Cheerios Ditches Gluten-Free Label in Canada

Cheerios cereal sold in Canada will no longer be labeled “gluten-free.” CBC News of Canada reports that Manufacturer General Mills has confirmed it will voluntarily remove the labels from the cereal boxes sold in Canadian stores “as soon as possible,” even though it says the product contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten, which meets the regulatory standard for gluten-free designation. General Mills stands by its testing process and says Cheerios sold in the U.S. will continue to carry the gluten-free label. The move comes as the Canadian Celiac Association has been warning people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity not to consume Cheerios.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.