Poultry International - April 2018 - 16
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STATE-OF-THE-ART POULTRY RESEARCH CENTER OPENS IN UK
Work at the center will be mostly industry led,
although academic studies will also be undertaken.
The latter will reflect the range of current expertise
at the university and will range from bone biology to
the use of naturally occurring polysaccharides in improving gut health in layers and broilers.
A number of dedicated staff will run the facility, but
staff will also be allocated according to the needs of
each research project.
Professor Richard Hammond, head of Bristol
Veterinary School, said: "Bristol Veterinary School
Among the first projects being undertaken by the new
has world-class expertise and over three decades of
center is a project to identify, with U.K. egg producer
experience working with industry to help address the
Stonegate, whether keel bone fractures in laying hens inchallenge of livestock health and welfare and producfluence their behavior, "state of mind" and productivity.
tion. This facility marks a step change by providing the
The study will house birds with or without keel fracvery best research facilities to improve poultry welfare
which the new
Reducing feather pecking in non-cage-laying flocks
ity forms a part,
tures in separate rooms, where their flock behavior will
research institutes and about 40 industrial partners
be monitored by video, their productivity by the weight,
in the U.K. Among its aims is to make the best use
number and quality of eggs, and their "affective state"
of expertise across academic institutes, with each
assessed by local studies on individual birds.
having a slightly different focus, working alongside
Other projects in the pipeline include an industrycollaborations and partnerships that its members
led feed trial in broilers to reduce campylobacter
may have which, in the case of poultry at Bristol,
infection and related gut inflammation, a study of
include collaborative work with institutions in the
gnotobiosis in improving broiler performance, and
Americas, Asia and Europe. ■
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