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Extensive table bird production - health and parasite status monitoring - AW0221

Description
The main objective of this research is to provide MAFF with information about the prevalence of parasites, and Salmonella and Mycoplasma infection in extensively reared (i.e. outdoor) meat chickens. The work is directly relevant to MAFF`s policy on the monitoring of both zoonotic diseases and diseases of national importance to the UK poultry flock. Myoplasmosis and parasitic disease are both an animal welfare and a health problem, while Salmonella presents a rish to human health and may also predispose birds to other clinical disease. The work will also ensure that any unusual disease occurrences are investigated thoroughly in order that control programmes can be proposed. The work will complement the existing research being funded at Gleadthorpe under project OF0153, and will be fully integrated into the research plan of the project. The work will:

1. Identify differences in health status between breeds that are suited for use in extensive poultry meat systems (free range, traditional free range and organic production systems).
2. Determine the prevalence of endo and ectoparasites in birds reared under extensive systems.
3. Ensure that unusual disease occurrences are investigated thoroughly in order that control programmes can be proposed.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Extensive table bird production - health and parasite status monitoring   (206k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2002

Cost: £62,960
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd.
Keywords
Farming              
Livestock Farming              
Poultry              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare