New study on disease and mortality in chicken flocks
A recent publication has come out of the ViParc Project on disease and mortality in poultry flocks. This publication summarizes data from the baseline phase of the ViParc intervention. The work, led by Dr. Juan Carrique-Mas (Principal Investigator of ViParc) is the first study that documents disease and mortality in small-scale chicken flocks in the country. The main findings are: an extremely high mortality (mean 2.6 chickens/100 chickens/week). Mortality is most common in the 5-10 week period, which is regarded as the grow-out period. The study showed how farmers tend to repeat their antimicrobial use (AMU) patterns over subsequent cycles of production. AMU was also related to the density of veterinary drug shops at commune level, suggesting that availability of antimicrobials is an important driving force behind AMU.