News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

John Glisson

John R. Glisson is vice president of research programs at the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association



Finding causes and solutions for wooden breast in broilers

Little is known about the cause of the condition, but research has provided important new insight on this condition.
In recent years, an economically important muscle condition affecting the breast muscle of broiler chickens, usually called wooden or woody breast, has emerged in the broiler industry. New research helps shed light on its causes and potential solutions
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Poultry industry antibiotic usage falls sharply

The chicken and turkey industries significantly reduced their usage of antibiotics between 2016 and 2017, according to a new report.
Thanks to voluntary and mandated reduction of antibiotics, both the chicken and turkey industries made major reductions in their use of both medically important and non-medically important antibiotics.
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Research improving emergency poultry depopulation methods

Ventilation shutdown depopulation could be an effective technique for responding to disease crises. The US Poultry & Egg Association is funding research to better understand and improve the method.
During the 2014-2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the US poultry industry learned rapid depopulation stops viral replication on an infected farm and reduces the likelihood of further spread of the virus. However, it can be difficult to quickly and humanely euthanize large numbers of caged layers or large turkeys.
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Avian influenza: How do we get rid of it?

Strict and thorough biosecurity is the most fundamental feature of successful eradication of avian influenza and is the key to controlling and eradicating this virus.
  Strict and thorough biosecurity is the most fundamentalfeature of successful avian influenza eradication and key to controlling anderadicating this virus.  
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Poultry’s Perch

What the Veterinary Feed Directive means for the poultry industry

Learn more about the practical implications of the VFD for the poultry industry.
The debate of antibiotic use in animal agriculture revolves around the concept that antibiotic usage in food animals may induce antibiotic resistance in bacteria that may be transmitted from food animals to humans via the consumption of contaminated food products of animal origin. This has been a subject of scientific and public policy debate for years. Public health advocacy groups, consumer groups, and even members of Congress have actively joined the public discussion.
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Declines in poultry research funding lead to lab closures, fewer researchers

The funding and physical and human infrastructure needed to perform needed poultry research is now only a fraction of its former size.
The global poultry industry has advanced from a very simple and fragmented industry in the 1950s to a highly sophisticated, technologically advanced, highly efficient production system in the 21st century. In the course of its advancement, the poultry industry has created countless jobs, enhanced local and national economies, and provided a high quality, safe meat protein source at a nominal cost for a rapidly expanding global human population.
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