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The root cause of Gangrenous dermatitis, whether it starts with injury to the skin (outside in) or with chlostridia in the intestines (inside out), has been a mystery for years. Dr. G. Donald Ritter, director of health services for Mountaire Farms Inc., has conducted both basic and applied research on the causes and prevention of Gangrenous dermatitis in broilers. He will present evidence he has developed which points to an “inside out” origin for Gangrenous dermatitis. Once unheard of in turkeys, Gangrenous dermatitis has become a major problem for U.S. turkey producers. Dr. Steven Davis, Colorado Quality Research, has developed a research model can reliably reproduce Gangrenous dermatitis in turkey flocks. He explains how his model works and what has been learned so far in his research.
As part of the 2012 WattAgNet Webinar Series, this webinar is sponsored by Diamond V and presented by WATT AgNet.com.
What You'll Learn:
Dr. G. Donald RitterDirector of health servicesMountaire Farms Inc.
Dr. G. Donald Ritter has been the director of health services for Mountaire Farms Inc., a large U.S. broiler integrator, since 1995. He is currently the chairman of National Chicken Council’s Poultry Health Committee, president of the Association of Veterinarians in Broiler Production, chairman of Delmarva Poultry Industry’s Poultry Health Committee, and is a member at large representative on the General Conference Committee for the National Poultry Improvement Plan.Dr. Ritter has conducted both basic and applied research on the causes and prevention of Gangrenous dermatitis in broilers. His research points to an “inside out” origin for Gangrenous dermatitis.Dr. Ritter is an adjunct professor at University of Delaware. He received a certificate of avian medicine internship at North Carolina State University and his DVM from the University of Missouri. Dr. Ritter is a Diplomat of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.
Dr. Steven DavisPresident, CEO, and COColorado Quality Research
Dr. Steve Davis received his B.S. in Agriculture and Doctorate
in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. He also completed an Avian Medicine
Internship at North Carolina State University
and became a Diplomate of the American
College of Poultry
Veterinarians in 1993. He has held
positions in the commercial broiler industry as the Director of Quality and
Health Services with Gold’n Plump Poultry and the Director of Technical
Services for Simmons Foods. He then served
for 7 years as the Director of Technical Services-Poultry for the Animal Health
Division of Roche and then held the position of Director of the Global Poultry
Business Unit for Fort Dodge Animal Health.
His career history provides unique and valuable experience in commercial
poultry production in assisting in protocol design and challenge models for
applied poultry research.
For over 12 years and currently, Steve manages and owns
Colorado Quality Research, Inc. of Wellington,
CO and serves as the company’s
President and CEO. CQR is a contract
poultry and swine research company that has served the industry since 1980 that
has specialized in poultry and swine nutrition and health research. The company uses three research sites with a
vast amount and varied capacity that range from 224 floor pens (total of ~1,000
pens available) to 1-11 room BSL-2 facilities.
Research areas include GLP and GCP studies, disease challenge models
(Mycoplasma, C. perfringens, E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, coccidiosis and
others) in ovo, drinking water, aerosol and feed treatments for measuring
impacts on performance (weight gain and feed to gain) and environmental
treatments such as litter treatments.
Commented on: January 18, 2012
"Thank you and the entire team of WATT. Was a very good and interesting presentation."
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