Causes of keel bone damage and their solutions in laying hens

Harlander, Alexandra; Rodenburg, TB; SANDILANDS, V; TOBALSKE, BW; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2015). Causes of keel bone damage and their solutions in laying hens. World's Poultry Science Journal, 71(03), pp. 461-472. Cambridge University Press on behalf of World's Poultry Science Association 10.1017/S0043933915002135

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Keel bone damage (KBD) is a critical issue facing the contemporary laying hen industry due to the likely pain leading to compromised welfare and reduced productivity. Recent reports suggest that KBD, while highly variable and likely dependent on a host of factors, extends to all housing systems (including traditional battery cages, furnished cages and non-cage systems), genetic lines, and management styles. Despite the extent of the problem, the research community remains uncertain as to the causes and influencing factors of KBD. To combat these issues, the current review was produced following discussions from the 1st International Keel Bone Damage Workshop held in Switzerland in April 2014. This exercise sought to assess current knowledge, foster novel collaborations, propose unique methodologies and highlight the key areas where innovative research is needed. The following paper is based on the content of those discussions and presents nine recommendations for future research efforts.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute > Animal Welfare Division
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Harlander, Alexandra and Toscano, Michael Jeffrey

ISSN:

0043-9339

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press on behalf of World's Poultry Science Association

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jeremy Davidson Bailoo

Date Deposited:

17 Jun 2016 13:31

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 01:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0043933915002135

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BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82573

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82573

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