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challenging disorders, like woody breast syndrome,
due to this faster growth rate.
Moreover, animal welfare organizations are
calling for slower growth rates as well. A popular plan
developed by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP)
- which is already adopted by companies like Perdue
Foods and Wayne Farms LLC - calls for slowing
growth rates to less than 68 grams per day.
In order to gauge the impact of slowing growth rates,
Pescatore said the research team studied and compared
the performance of a Cornish Cross, a conventional bird,
and a Red Ranger, a slower-growing bird. If those birds
were used to produce 1 million pounds of whole carcass
without giblets, the slower-growing breed would require
9% more birds and more resources than the conventional bird to produce the same amount of meat.
Pescatore emphasized that previous studies on the
environmental impact of slower-growing birds didn't focus
on what U.S. consumers actually buy: breast meat. He said
using a slower-growing breed would require 68% more
birds than a conventional breed and significantly more
resources, as well as a much larger breeding, hatching and
processing apparatus to produce the same amount of breast
meat. There would also be more legs, wings and offal
coming from those birds that would be challenging to use.
The impact on pricing and profitability was also
considered. If the same birds were raised to a 5-pound
live weight, and all costs to raise it are included, the
Cornish Cross would yield 39 cents per bird in net
income and the Red Ranger would cost 23 cents per
bird in net loss. To make the same amount of money on
the wholesale price of whole chicken, producers would
need to charge a 29% premium. A 10% premium
would be needed just to break even.

Real-world examples
In addition to the results of the study, Pescatore
analyzed the impacts of slower-growing birds already
raised in the U.S. and in Europe.
In practice, the slower-growing breeds are demanding
higher prices just as he described. This is because they
are not as efficient as conventional birds, and the slowergrowing breeds cannot be simply swapped out with
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Impacts of slower
broiler growth, natural lighting:
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Cost comparison of raising a
slower-growing and conventional bird

11.2

Total feed
intake (pounds)
Difference: 1.65

9.55

Feed cost

(assuming $0.22
per pound of feed)

$2.46

Difference: $0.36

$2.10

$3.11

Total cost
Difference: $0.36

$2.75

3.39

Chilled without
giblet weight (pounds)
Difference: -0.3

3.69

Income per bird
(assuming $0.85
per pound)

$2.88

Difference: -$0.26

$3.14

-$0.23

Net income
per bird
Difference: -$0.62

$0.39

Source: Anthony Pescatore

A 10% premium on the wholesale price of whole
chicken from slow-growing broilers is needed
for producers to break even. A 29% premium is
necessary to make an equal net income.
conventional breeds; they require different housing and
husbandry practices.
For example, in the Netherlands, conventional boneless,
skinless breast meat costs $1.63 per pound. The so-called

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Contents
Consumers: Sustainability is as important as welfare
Wet spring sparks fear of feed cost spike
Wayne Farms grows and diversifies in changing market
To control coccidia, control litter moisture
Global meat production to see largest ever decline in 2019
Identifying biomarkers for poultry intestinal health
In research and reality slower-growing birds cost more
Water: The first thing to take care of in poultry production
3 poultry technology innovations to watch
Product Review
Market Place
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Poultry USA - September 2019 - Cover2
Poultry USA - September 2019 - Contents
Poultry USA - September 2019 - Consumers: Sustainability is as important as welfare
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Poultry USA - September 2019 - Wet spring sparks fear of feed cost spike
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Poultry USA - September 2019 - Wayne Farms grows and diversifies in changing market
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Poultry USA - September 2019 - Global meat production to see largest ever decline in 2019
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Poultry USA - September 2019 - Identifying biomarkers for poultry intestinal health
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Poultry USA - September 2019 - In research and reality slower-growing birds cost more
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Poultry USA - September 2019 - Water: The first thing to take care of in poultry production
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