Commercial Application of Switchgrass as Renewable Alternative Bedding for Broilers in a Single-Cycle Production System

Project Type: Graduate Student
Funds awarded in 2016: $14,258.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2017
Grant Recipient: Penn State University
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Graduate Student:
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Paul Patterson
Penn State University
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Michael Hulet
Penn State University
Dr. Jude Liu
Penn State University
This presentation was given at the 2017 Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting held in Orlando Florida from July 17-21, 2017. Its purpose was to review the switchgrass project related to the first portion of this grant, where small and large average particle sizes of switchgrass were compared at a commercial facility. Bedding characteristics, litter performance, bird performance, and bird welfare were evaluated to come to a conclusion of which size is most optimal for commercial broiler production.
Conference/Presentation Material
Amy Barkley, Penn State University
Paul Patterson, Penn State University
R. Michael Hulet, Penn State University
Jude Liu, Penn State University
Target audiences:
Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.