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

Investigators
Donoghue, Ann
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
2010
End date
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.
More information
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.
Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
Project source
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Project number
6226-32000-011-08R
Accession number
419541
Categories
Parasites
Salmonella
Campylobacter