Future of poultry breeding, balanced genetic selection
Geneticists say economically important traits will improve as balanced selection efforts result in broilers and layers that perform well and have high welfare under a variety of management and nutritional regimens.
Performance measures for livability, growth rate, feed conversion, and carcass and slaughter yield have never been better for broilers, and the same is true for persistency of lay, livability and feed conversion for layers. But, because of activist group activities and consumers in the developed world’s heightened interest in animal welfare and transparency, poultry producers are being challenged to manage their flocks so they are productive and presentable for a photoshoot throughout their lives.
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Years ago, poultry breeding companies began adapting their selection programs to produce genetic stock that is adaptable to multiple housing situations, has improved performance on bird welfare measures, and continues to be more productive with each generation.
Breeders have been quite successful in increasing the breast meat yield of broilers. In some markets, particularly in the U.S., birds raised for deboning are routinely processed at 9 pounds (4.1 kilograms) live weight or more.
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This is the first article in WATT Global Media’s 100-year anniversary series, which looks at key drivers that will shape the future of the worldwide poultry industry. The next article in the series will explore how innovations in seed technology will benefit the poultry industry.