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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Integrating Free-Range Poultry with Ruminant and Agro-Forestry Production in a System Approach

Location: Poultry Production and Products Safety Research

Project Number: 6226-32000-011-08
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jul 15, 2010
End Date: Jun 30, 2014

Objective:
Determine the impact of integrating poultry with ruminant grazing on animal and bird performance, with a long-term focus of reducing pathogens (including Salmonella and Campylobacter) and parasite loads in animals and birds. Also determine the impact of forages high in protein on bird performance and disease/pathogen resistance.

Approach:
Birds will be housed in small portable shelters that follow ruminant grazing. Bird weight gain, feed efficiency, parasite and pathogen colonization will be determined. Impact of poultry grazing on ruminant parasite control will also be determined.

Last Modified: 7/31/2014
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