October 11, 2017
$125k to fund research on avian flu-stricken broiler chickens, turkeys
The USPOULTRY Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication.
The research is a follow-up study on a previously funded project in which researchers provided insight on using ventilation shutdown (VSD) as a humane depopulation method.
The study showed that the addition of heat and/or CO2 to the VSD procedure provided a rapid and humane depopulation method. The recently funded additional research will repeat these investigations using broiler chickens and turkeys, since the original research was completed with layers.
The additional research, entitled "Evaluating Broiler and Turkey Behavior and Physiological Stress Indicators during VSD with Additions of Heat or CO2 for the Development of Humane Methodologies for Mass Depopulation during a Disease Outbreak", will be undertaken by the North Carolina State University.
The funding for the additional research was approved by the board of directors, based on recommendations from the Foundation research advisory committee.
USPOULTRY and its Foundation operate an extensive research programme incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. Since the inception of the research programme, USPOULTRY and its Foundation have reinvested more than $30 million into the industry in the form of research grants.
More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants over the years.
The USPOULTRY Foundation supports the recruitment and training of the brightest students, seek and fund scientific research, fosters student scientists and promotes careers in the poultry and egg industry.