Integrating Free-Range Poultry with Ruminant and Agro-Forestry Production in a System Approach
Poultry Production and Products Safety Research
Project Number: 6226-32000-011-08
Start Date: Jul 15, 2010
End Date: Jun 30, 2014
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.
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.