Biomarkers for footpad dermatitis researched

Identification of biomarkers could provide footpad dermatitis prevention strategies in broiler chickens.

Footpad dermatitis (FPD) is a type of skin inflammation that causes necrotic lesions on the plantar surface of the footpads in commercial poultry, with significant animal welfare and economic implications.

Balancing the risk of FPD is difficult, and careful management of environmental factors and nutrition are necessary to reduce the risk. Factors that contribute to footpad problems can include wet litter conditions and exposure to toxins, according to an announcement from Novus In

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