USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in which researchers assessed automated tracking of laying hens in cage-free aviary environments. The research was made possible in part by proceeds from the International Poultry Expo, part of International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The research is part of the association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A summary of the completed project is below.

Principal investigator Dr. Prafulla Regmi, assistant professor within the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia and colleagues, recently completed a research project with the goal being to track hen movements in a cage-free housing system in a reliable and affordable manner to understand the impacts the system has on welfare and production parameters. Findings indicated that Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) based trackers can be deployed to track resource utilization by cage-free hens. Further, the consistency of the data obtained suggests that results from a subset of hens could be extrapolated to the entire flock.

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The research summary can be found on the USPOULTRY website. Information on other association research may also be obtained by visiting the USPOULTRY website, www.uspoultry.org.