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Poultry and Egg Production
Animal Welfare for Broiler Chickens - National Chicken Council
It is a common practice in Kentucky to apply poultry litter in the fall. While not optimal from an economic, agronomic, or environmental perspective, producers still need to understand the economic value from applying poultry litter in the fall.
With funding from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, the Kentucky Poultry Federation and the University of Kentucky have been involved in a project to help the poultry industry reduce the amount of energy used in broiler production. Cost share funds are available.
The poultry industry changed the shape of the chicken, and subsequently the market for meat, through the ‘Chicken of Tomorrow’ contest in 1946. It was a push to develop a bigger, faster-growing chicken.
Although many perceive free-range poultry production systems to be more animal welfare friendly, the research to back up this believe is not there.
The U.S. commercial poultry industry is a large and important segment of our agricultural success. Federal, state, industry and producers work closely together to protect the health of our nation’s flocks.