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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: How to Maximize Fertility and Early Embryonic Development from a Biologist's Point of View

Author
item Bakst, Murray

Submitted to: Turkeys
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2002
Publication Date: April 24, 2002
Citation: Bakst, M.R. 2002. How to maximize fertility and early embryonic development from a biologist's point of view. Turkeys. 50:65-68, 2002.

Interpretive Summary: he modern day turkey is a product of genetic selection for dozens of generations. This selection process has been focused on increasing the breast size and over-all weight of the commercial turkey. However, a consequence of such selection is a decrease in the reproductive efficiency of the turkey breeder. In this article, different aspects of the reproductive process are reviewed and explained from a biologist's perspective. The work presented will be of interest to the commercial producer of hatching turkey eggs primarily because questions often raised on the farm are answered based on sound scientific data rather than empirical observations.

Technical Abstract: he modern day turkey is a product of genetic selection for dozens of generations. This selection process has been focused on increasing the breast size and over-all weight of the commercial turkey. However, a consequence of such selection is a decrease in the reproductive efficiency of the turkey breeder. In this article, different aspects of the reproductive process are reviewed and explained from a biologist's perspective. The work presented will be of interest to the commercial producer of hatching turkey eggs primarily because questions often raised on the farm are answered based on sound scientific data rather than empirical observations.

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