Automated Vaccination of Broiler Chicken Flocks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2007-33610-17964
Agency Tracking Number: 2009-01058
Amount: $46,787.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1014 Industrial Access Rd., West Point, MS, 39773
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Todd
 (662) 494-3488
Business Contact
 Edward Todd
Title: Owner
Phone: (662) 494-3488
Research Institution
"In 2005 8.8 billion broiler chickens were produced in the United States. Improvements in vaccination uniformity and reductions in labor necessary for vaccination would greatly benefit the broiler industry. Current methods of field vaccination of broiler chickens in the field include administration via drinking water and spray application. The effectiveness of both methods is limited by non-uniform application and spray application is also labor intensive. The objectives of this research are to develop an automated spray vaccination system for use in a broiler house and determine the effectiveness of such a system. Broilers obtained from a commercial hatchery will be reared in a research facility and vaccinated with this system; blood samples will be taken from birds pre- and post-vaccination to assess the degree of vaccination and uniformity. The system will be applicable to all broiler houses with moveable nipple drinker systems and would require little or no modification to existing houses to integrate. Phase I research will determine if the method is feasible and will be performed in collaboration with researchers at the USDA-ARS Poultry Research Unit in Mississippi State, MS."

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