Trish here! We found an interesting article from University of Delaware that will prove beneficial to poultry growers.

Growers all over the country and in other parts of the world dread wooden breast syndrome, as it may affect their investment. This is a condition where chicken breasts take on a woody texture. White striping may develop on the breast muscles. At present, there is no confirmed cause as to why this occurs in chickens. However, one thing is for certain. This condition makes the bird unmarketable.

At present, the University of Delaware is using their resources to combat this condition. Their approach is to analyze genes involved and to identify biomarkers for this particular disorder. Recently, they were able to determine the biochemistry that causes wooden breast syndrome. This will aid them in creating new diagnostic strategies and perhaps even treatments for this particular condition.

This project was led by Behnam Abasht. He is an assistant professor in UDel’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, specifically in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

According to Abasht, the white striping that is usually visible in birds with this disorder, may decrease the nutritional content. He pointed out that there have been improvements in poultry production to increase muscle gain and growth in chickens. He postulated that this may have contributed to the increased development and rate of muscle disorders.

This informative article talks about the studies that are being done to determine genetic disorders and establishing biomarkers to help growers determine if a broiler might have this condition. It also discusses useful topics regarding possible etiologic factors that contribute to this condition and feed efficiency as well.

Poultry growers will find the information in the article invaluable as it may assist them in protecting their investment. UDel plans to research even more about wooden breast syndrome and we in Continental Search will keep you in the loop when any new findings arise. In the meantime, you may read the whole article here.

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Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies.  She has filled positions in technical support, sales and sales management across the USA.Trish Valenzuela

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