Researchers breed pathogen-resistant chickens

On a poultry farm, there’s no substitute for a strong biosecurity program when it comes to fighting pathogens. However, a new blood test for chickens could make farmers’ battles against bacteria a little easier.

The U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a test that identifies roosters with naturally high levels of two immune response-boosting […]

Research shows potential of antibiotic alternative for livestock

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections such as the diarrheal disease coccidiosis. This comes at a time when major fast food chains and food retailers are announcing plans to make major cuts in antibiotic use in meat production as consumers’ concern […]