Have you been thinking of starting up a livestock farm, poultry precisely? And of course, on a commercial scale? Or you have already started up but want to be prepared for possible challenges? Well, you are in luck because we are here to equip you with important information that will keep you in business.
While trying to get the necessary loan or start-up capital, setting up the adequate infrastructure, it is also important to know the possible challenges one can face in the course of raising poultry birds on a commercial scale.
Challenges vary from the density of consumers in the area, the cultural significance of choice birds, market proximity, transport network for goods and raw materials(feeds, etc) and most importantly possible diseases that poultry birds could be easily exposed to.
Anyone venturing into poultry farming should know that keeping his/her birds alive is particularly very tasking because the profit expected depends on the numbers alive during harvest and sales.
In this article, we will be looking into Newcastle disease.
WHAT IS NEWCASTLE DISEASE?
Newcastle disease is a viral infection which can be transmitted through contact with infected animals, contaminated water, food and poultry equipment. It is one of the deadliest diseases that affect livestock especially poultry birds. This disease greatly affects the digestive, respiratory and nervous systems. It’s various strains range from mild infections to fatal infections.
Unlike the name, this has nothing to do with Newcastle, England but for the fact that it was first discovered there in 1926. Domesticated birds such as fowls, turkeys, etc are the most susceptible to infection.
There are no serious effects on humans but it can cause them conjunctivitis.
- Drooping wings
- Head and neck twisting
- Complete paralysis
- Swelling around the eyes
- Watery diarrhoea
- Low production(eggs).
Since there is no clear cure to Newcastle infection, vaccination is the most effective way to control the spread of this infection. In cases where the signs are noticed in any birds, they should be isolated from the rest. New birds should be vaccinated appropriately before being introduced to the farm, and these vaccination measures should be updated as is necessary to ensure the good health of the poultry birds.
Personally, I have drafted a plan and method I have employed to take care of my birds and it has not failed me. I am sharing this for those that have not yet figured out a way to protect their birds and may have grown tired of watching them die. Don’t give up, just read this my proven method carefully and ask questions if necessary.
Now, dramacine forte contains Ampicillin and Amprolium but Anidone anti-coccidiosis don’t have Ampicillin but has Amprolium. Both are anti-coccidiosis drugs but, dramacine forte can be used to control the outbreak of Newcastle and so many other diseases like gumboro virus as said by the manufacturer but anidone anti-coccidiosis is practically for an intestinal problem such as coccidiosis.
The formation of drugs administered to treat coccidiosis is that when using dramacine forte for coccidiosis, anidone anti-coccidiosis is not recommended because both drugs have Amprolium. Anidone is just for coccidiosis but dramacine is multipurpose like for Newcastle and gumboro including coccidiosis. Amprolium based drugs are to be administered for 5days with a 2-3days break between successive cycles when treating coccidiosis particularly.
When you give the anti-coccidiosis drug, always administer it for 6 days then on 7th day you administer antibiotics + vitamins. This means if you are keeping your birds for eight weeks which is 56days, you will have to skip anti-coccidiosis for only 8days in which antibiotics will be given. The 48days which anti-coccidiosis is given, you can still give other drugs like vitamin or growth enhancer. Remember to ensure that in that 48days, amprolium is ever-present in the water.
I ran a test and experiment using my flock, I conducted the test 4 good times and the flock survived without the administration of Lasota vaccine. I discovered that using dramacine forte multipurpose + mycodox which contain tylosin and trimethoprim + anidone which is practically for coccidiosis from day one can subdue Newcastle from existing in a farm, which is a far better option to vaccination. Since dramacine forte is a multipurpose drug for coccidiosis and an alternative for Newcastle, I discovered mixing it with anidone and tylosin based drugs from day 1 would greatly inhibit the possible growth and spread of Newcastle virus in a farm.
Example; Dramacine contains Amprolium + Ampicillin and other supplement and it controls Newcastle, gumboro and fowl cholera.
But since 100% of coccidiosis symptoms is 50% Newcastle symptoms, using the above drugs combination provides strong immunity against Newcastle disease. But, if Newcastle disease is already existing in the farm animals, the above drugs cannot stop it. So it’s good telling people to practise this combination and administration at early stages to treat and prevent Newcastle as it is more effective than vaccination.
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