Characterization of small-scale antibiotic-free broiler production in Minnesota

J. P. Jacob, J. P. Griggs, J. B. Bender

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The purpose of this study was to characterize the production practices of small antibiotic-free flock producers and identify the possible points for introduction of food-borne pathogenic bacteria. These data will be used to develop appropriate extension programs to improve the level of biosecurity on such farms. Minnesota poultry producers who raised flocks of meat-type chickens without antibiotics were interviewed either on their farms or via the telephone. A wide diversity of housing and management styles were disclosed. Key areas identified for extension programs include feed and pasture choice, waste disposal, feed withdrawal before slaughter, and marketing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-420
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Poultry Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008


  • Broiler
  • Minnesota
  • Small flock

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