High Carotenoid Orange Corn for Poultry Health

High Carotenoid Orange Corn for Poultry Health

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2017-33610-26980
Agency Tracking Number: 2017-00229
Amount: $99,977.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2017
Solicitation Year: 2017
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1281 Win Hentschel Blvd, Unit 046, Lafayette, IN, 47901
DUNS: 080259004
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Evan Rocheford
 (765) 273-8274
Business Contact
 Evan Rocheford
Title: CEO
Phone: (765) 273-8274
Email: evan@nutramaize.com
Research Institution

Consumer pressure is forcing the egg industry to move towards cage free production. In addition, the Veterinary Feed Directive will significantly restrict the use of antibiotics in animal production. One of the primary consequences of these changes is that significantly more pressure will be put on the immune system of poultry; therefore, egg and poultry producers will need to seek novel solutions that will promote the health of their birds while maintaining optimal efficiency and profitability.The primary goal of this Phase I research is to prove the feasibility of using NutraMaize's high carotenoid orange corn in feed to protect poultry from disease. This will be accomplished by testing orange corn's effectiveness in lowering the rate and severity of coccidiosis and footpad dermatitis in broilers. A secondary goal will be to demonstrate that orange corn is an effective method for coloring egg yolks and broiler skin. If the proposed research is successful and NutraMaize's orange corn is adopted for commercial use in the diet of poultry, it has the potential to help improve animal welfare and decrease economic losses associated with disease such as decreased feed efficiency, mortality and carcass condemnation.

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