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ly stressful moment for the bird and
would likely hurt flock performance.
"As an industry, we want to do
things the right way and we want to
make progress the right way. That
means being in compliance with
government regulations and not doing things that are illegal. 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," she said.

MYTH 5: Improvements in the

growth, livability and health of chicken
are solely the result of genetics.
"Genetics is not the end-all savior for the poultry industry," said
Dr. Barger. "The progress being
achieved in the growth, livability and

health of poultry is due to a combination of genetics, management, nutrition and the environment in which
the birds are grown.
"These improvements include the
contribution of the farmers who care
for the birds on a daily basis making
sure the environmental control and
management of costs every single
day, 24 hours a day, is optimal.
That's going to allow them to have
better efficiency and precision in
growth as well as to achieve those
performance indicators like feed
conversion and lower mortality.
"It is worth noting that currently
there is no genetic modification or
genetic engineering in broiler genetics.
The progress in growth, livability and
health is being achieved with tradi-

» Christine Daugherty, vice president
of sustainable food production, Tyson
Foods

tional genetic selection. We use molecular genetics to better understand
the DNA of the birds than was possible in the past, but we're not modifying the DNA or the genetic components of those birds," she added.

MYTH 6: Everything the poultry

industry does is done the right way.

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It would be a myth to say that the
poultry industry does everything perfectly, said Christine Daugherty of
Tyson Foods, because it is constantly
evolving and improving its poultry
production practices and execution.
"The concept that the poultry industry is going to just ramrod things
through and not take into consideration innovative new technologies,
new ways to do things, continuous
improvement, I believe, is clearly a
myth and should be busted," she said.
Not only are farmers continually applying new technologies and
management techniques on their
farms, leading poultry integrators
such as Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms,
Foster Farms and Sanderson Farms,
have very large research programs
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