Submitted to: American Veterinary Medical Association Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/17/2006
Publication Date: 7/9/2006
Citation: Rives, D., Pantin Jackwood, M.J. 2006. Comparison of enteric virus RT-PCR results with production data from commercial turkey hens. In: American Association of Avian Pathologists Annual Meeting Scientific Program, July 16-19, 2006, Honolulu, Hiwaii. 2006 CDROM.
Technical Abstract: A survey of eight commercial turkey hen flocks was conducted from March through June of 2005 to determine the presence and persistance of enteric viruses. Flocks were selected based on farm location and the farms’ previous performance. Intestinal samples were collected from poults prior to placement and every two weeks thereafter. Samples were examined by RT-PCR for the presence of astrovirus, coronavirus, reovirus, and rotavirus. Results of these tests will be compared to production data from the survey flocks including five-week body weights, processing weights, feed conversion, and daily gain. Clinical observations and parasitology results will also be presented.