Silvopasture Systems Show Promise for Broiler Chickens

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2020: $279,078.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2024
Grant Recipient: Virginia Tech
Region: Southern
State: Virginia
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Leonie Jacobs
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
John Fike
school of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Va Tech
Dr. John Munsell, PhD
Virginia Tech - Department of Forest Resources and Environmental
Gabriel Pent
Dept. of Crop and Soil Environmental Science, Virginia Tech
Free-range and USDA-certified organic production of broiler chickens requires some type of outdoor access. Birds don’t seem to always make optimal use of these outdoor spaces, possibly because of the weather — chickens are fickle about their preferences. But it could also be because of range design. A silvopasture system purposely integrates the production of woody vegetation, forage and livestock in the same plot of land, making an excellent system to grow broiler chickens.
Leonie Jacobs
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