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■ MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT POULTRY
over-application in crop fields.
"In Somerset County, for example, we figure maybe 25 percent to 30
percent of manure is going to have to
be moved elsewhere. The Maryland
Department of Agriculture works
with integrators, and there's a manure
transportation program," she said.

MYTH 3: Chickens are so huge and

grow so fast they can barely stand up.
"A picture's worth a thousand
words," said Dr. Kate Barger of
Cobb-Vantress as she showed two
photos - one of a 1957 broiler and
the other from a 2012 genetic line.
"The first thing that most people
notice is the difference in the girth

"IT DOESN'T MAKE LOGICAL SENSE TO GIVE
POULTRY HORMONES; IT WOULD COST A LOT OF MONEY, AND
NOBODY WANTS TO GO TO JAIL OVER RAISING CHICKENS."

- DR. KATE BARGER

or the width on the breast of the
two birds," she said, noting that the
modern broiler produces much more
meat. "But I also want to draw your
attention to the size of the feet of these
birds and the thickness of the legs,"
she said, with the modern broiler's
legs and feet being significantly more
robust to support the added weight.
"In selecting for traits specifi-

cally related to animal wellbeing or
animal welfare, somebody is literally
picking up the birds and physically
examining them for these traits. It is
something that happens every single
day on our pedigree farms."
Technology similar to an x-ray is
used to examine the formation of the
tibia of the bird and asses the structural
integrity and remove any birds that

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