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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: INTEGRATING FREE-RANGE POULTRY WITH RUMINANT AND AGROFORESTRY PRODUCTION IN A SYSTEM APPROACH

Location: Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center

Project Number: 6227-21310-009-50
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jul 01, 2010
End Date: Jun 30, 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.

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.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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