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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


item Barone, Justin
item Schmidt, Walter

Submitted to: Poultry Health and Processing National Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/1/2004
Publication Date: 10/22/2004
Citation: Barone, J.R., Schmidt, W.F. 2004. Poultry feathers: New end uses. Proceedings of the 38th National Meeting on Poultry Health and Processing. Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., Ocean City, MD. Oct. 22-24, 2004, pp. 47-50.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Over 2 billion pounds of dry feather waste is disposed of each year in the U.S. at a cost to the poultry producer. Historically, researchers have tried to use the feathers in textiles and in applications where down is already used, but to no avail. This presentation explains new ways to incorporate poultry feathers into non-woven mats, filters, polymer composites, and keratin polymers for high-volume, profit generating applications.

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