Ken Opengart

Ken Opengart
Tyson Foods

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Clostridia are among the most fascinating bacteria. The genus Clostridium consists of a diverse group of Gram‐positive spore‐forming anaerobic rods which are distributed worldwide. This chapter describes most commonly encountered clostridial‐caused diseases in poultry: ulcerative enteritis (UE), necrotic enteritis, botulism, and gangrenous dermatit...
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Consumers are increasingly interested in the attributes of the food they consume. This includes what is in the food and how it was raised; and at least some consumers are willing to pay a premium for products with specific attributes. However, the current plethora of labels on the market does not adequately address this issue; rather than providing...
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To reduce the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, a number of effective or commercially viable alternatives have been implemented by food animal producers or are under development. Perhaps the most well-established strategies are flock and herd management practices to mitigate disease introduction and spread, and, subsequently, reduce the nee...
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An expert elicitation was staged to rapidly decipher plausible routes and risks of pathogen transmission in the 2017 H7N9 avian influenza (AI) outbreak in the four-state region of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky. The process included the identification of risk factors found in a preponderance of commercial broiler breeder case farms over...
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The prevalence and severity of footpad dermatitis (FPD) and gait score (GS) as an indicator of lameness in commercial broiler production in the United States has not been widely reported. The objectives of this field study were to determine the prevalence and severity of FPD and lameness in commercial broilers, as well as the relationship between F...
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Mycoplasma gallisepticum was isolated from several turkey flocks at different locations in the United States that were clinically affected with respiratory disease. Five of these isolates from four series of outbreaks had patterns similar to the 6/85 vaccine strain of M. gallisepticum by random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis using three...
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Several cases of elevated mortality with neurologic signs in 14-to-16-day-old broilers were presented to the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center from one local integrated company. Suspected of "spiking mortality" associated with hypoglycemia, blood glucose levels were <150 mg/dl overall, with several birds with blood glucose levels as low as 30...
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The relation between average duodenal mast cell count, duodenal mucosal mast cell numbers, duodenal connective tissue mast cell numbers, circulating basophil numbers, heterophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, and lesion score were studied to gain an understanding of the events that may lead to intestinal lesion formation associated with hemorrhagic enteritis...
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The litter of six turkey hen flocks was sampled using the drag-swab technique to determine the effectiveness of this method in detecting Salmonella arizona. Two flocks with the lowest biosecurity standards were found to have S. arizona. Results showed that the drag-swab technique can provide a sensitive and cost-effective measure of S. arizona infe...
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An 8-week-old Congo African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) was presented with a history of abdominal enlargement since hatch. Trans-illumination of the abdomen suggested that the enlargement was due to marked hepatomegaly. This was supported by radiographic and ultrasonic examination. Postmortem examination revealed an extra-hepatic bi...
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Effects of oxytetracycline-HCl on reproductive performance of turkey breeder hens from the 13 to 24-wk production period were evaluated. During the 13th wk of production, females were grouped into low, medium, and high fertility subclasses. Females within each fertility subclass were randomly reassigned to treatments. The antibiotic was administere...

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