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Integrating Free-Range Poultry with Ruminant and Agroforestry Production in a Systems Approach

Investigators
Donoghue, Ann
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
2010
End date
2014
Objective
Determine the impact of integrating laying chickens with cattle and small ruminant grazing on parasite/pathogen control as part of a Southern Region SARE-funded research proposal.
More information
Approach: As part of a Southern Region SARE-funded project with the ARS units in Fayetteville and Booneville, the Kerr Center, Louisiana State University, Appalachian State University, National Center for Appropriate Technology, and farmer cooperators Little Portion and Dancing Springs Farms, research will be conducted to determine the impact of raising poultry with ruminants on animal and bird performance, livestock parasites, benefits to pasture and economics. Data collected will include animal and bird weight gain, nematode larvae on pasture, ruminant fecal egg counts, forage quality, pasture fertility, and costs associated with production. The impact of high protein forage (chicory/cowpea) and forage high in condensed tannins (sericea lespedeza) will also be determined on poultry performance, parasite control, feed savings and cost of production. Meat and egg product quality will be evaluated for nutrients and food safety. Consulting and on-farm implementation of research findings will be conducted by local farmers.
Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
Project source
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Project number
6226-32000-011-05S
Accession number
0420849
Categories
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Bacterial Pathogens
Chemical Contaminants
Commodities
Eggs
Meat, Poultry, Game