Enhancement of Early Development in Turkeys by in Ovo Feeding

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-16491
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-00185
Amount: $296,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1040 Swabia Court, Durham, NC, 27703
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Catherine Ricks
 (919) 821-0555
Business Contact
 Catherine Ricks
Phone: (919) 821-0555
Email: cricks@embrex.com
Research Institution
Approximately 5% of hatchlings do not survive the critical post-hatch period because of limited body reserves. Many survivors exhibit stunted growth, leg problems, inefficient feed utilization, reduced disease resistance, or poor meat yield. This poult quality problem has been calculated to be worth approximately $71 million and $142 million annually to the US and global turkey industry respectively. The ultimate goal of in ovo feeding is to improve the economically important production traits associated with hatchling vigor. These include improved hatchling weight, growth rate and food utilization; reduced poult mortality and morbidity; improved immune response to enteric antigens; increased muscle development and meat yield, and reduced cost per kilogram of consumable poultry meat.

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