How physical properties of biomass grasses influence their performance as a bedding material for broiler chickens

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 to the Association of Warm Season Grass Producers on June 24th, 2017 at their annual meeting in Wapwallopen, PA. The purpose was to give these farmers an idea of the particle size they needed to process their warm season grasses to in order to produce a product that would be effective in the commercial poultry industry. At the time of this presentation, they were also interested in producing switchgrass for the backyard bird market, so this was also included in the powerpoint.

The presentation goes into some background on the reasoning and procedures used to test switchgrass and miscanthus grasses, which are the two most popular warm season grasses grown by members of the association. The miscanthus and switch project 1 were completed by PSU at a cooperator's farm and at the PSU Poultry Education and Research Center, respectively. Switch project 2 was completed using funds from this grant. Both switch projects were used in these presentation because together they give a more robust explanation of how we have come to our conclusions surrounding optimal particle sizes for both commercial and backyard poultry.
Conference/Presentation Material
Amy Barkley, Penn State University
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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.