Management during the first week for a chick (be it a border, broiler or layer) is critical as it has a lasting influence on health and performance for the remainder of the birds life. The main objective during this period is to achieve the best start possible for every chick. Excessive stress and challenges during the first seven days of life will increase susceptibility to disease, increased mortality, decreased growth, poor flock performance, all this leading to losses. The chick is dependent on the grower/ farmer to ensure its environment is well managed. If this is done and management conditions adequately meet the requirement of the chicks, feeding and drinking behavior will develop well, initial development will be optimized and subsequent bird health, welfare, uniformity, productivity and profits/ returns will be high. Key success factors to a successful first week of life are: • Adequate preparations before chick arrival • The expected delivery time and number of chicks should be determined well in advance to ensure the appropriate brooding space and equipment is planned for and the chicks can be quickly placed in the house following arrival • Temperature should be monitored to give a chick vent temperature between 39.4 °C and 40.5°C (103 to 105 °F) during delivery • As far as possible, relative humidity should be controlled to between 50 and 65% throughout the journey • Biosecurity is an important consideration before chicks are delivered to the farm. Individual sites should hold birds of the same age • All ‘all in, all out’ principle allows easier and more effective vaccination, cleaning and sanitation, supporting the future health and performance of the flock. • House preparation of the brooding area must ensure correct air and floor temperatures are achieved and tested before chick arrival. • Pre-heating the house before placement is essential. Temperature (air and floor) and relative humidity should be stabilized 24 hours prior to chick . . .
Pretoria, 10 March 2017: Leading animal health industry company, Bupo Animal Health today announced that it has made a donation to a long serving landscaping services supplier, Reckson Makaringi of T-Rex Gardening Services . The donation, a set of brand new Ryobi landscaping equipment i.e a Trimtec lawnmower, Petrol chain saw, line trimmer and a bush cutter was made in lieu of Bupo Animal Health’s commitment to invest in the community. The donation is instrumental in developing T-Rex Gardening Service’s service offering and skill set, all the while taking care of the environment that we all are a part of. From the Ceo’s office, Ms. Antonieta Bupo added, “Our organization depends on our community, and without the help of local vendors like T-Rex Gardening Services, we would not be able to provide our services and products in a clean and safe environment and thus it is only right that we support them back.” Since 2014, Mr. Makaringi has been instrumental in the preparation and maintenance of our garden areas. These and the general spaces around our factory have to be kept highly sanitary at all conditions and this is no small feat. We have spearheaded other initiatives in the past, supporting schools as Mamelodi High School in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Silverton Primary School in 2016 as well as Meyerspark Primary School in 2017. The group CEO, Mr. Oscar Bupo believes that education is fundamental and should be supported at all costs. We are invested in the development of our community and employees and will continue to do so. To learn more about Bupo Animal Health, its corporate philanthropy initiatives, please visit www.bupoanimalhealth.com Headquartered in Pretoria, Bupo Animal Health is an international South African company that manufactures, imports and distributes veterinary and pharmaceutical products as well as feed additives since 1988. Focusing on service, value chain and efficacy of our products, we aspire to be your preferred partner in Animal Health . . .