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Research examines the impacts of cage-free layer housing

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of two funded research projects at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in which researchers examined the impacts of cage-free layer housing.

24 March 2020, at 3:26pm

The research was made possible in part by endowing Foundation gifts from Cal-Maine Foods and Centurion Poultry and is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website. The project summary is as follows:

  • Project #F075: Cage-free Housing: Northern Fowl Mite Impact on Laying Hens
  • Project #701: Laying Hen Ectoparasites: Impact of Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Kentucky Contamination in Cage-Free Housing
    • Dr Darrin Karcher, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Dr Darrin Karcher at Purdue University and colleagues from the USDA-ARS US National Poultry Research Center recently completed two research projects. These studies examined the role and impact of northern fowl mites on laying hens in a cage-free environment and assessed horizontal transmission of S. Enteritidis and S. Kentucky infection of laying hens in indoor cage-free housing. These projects uncovered some of the challenges with cage-free laying hens and the long-term financial impacts that a company may experience.

The research summary can be found on the USPOULTRY website. Information on other Association research may also be obtained by visiting the USPOULTRY website.