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Broiler Industry

Guillermo Téllez

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Before his current position at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Guillermo Téllez worked at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he also served as head of the Avian Medicine Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He was the President of the National Poultry Science Association of Mexico and is a member of the Mexican Veterinary Academy and the Mexican National Research System.


Juan Latorre

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Yordan Martínez-Aguilar

Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School


Broiler Industry Chicken Poultry Poultry Disease Hatchery Incubation Feeding Program Biosecurity Meat Quality Ventilation Feed Nutrition

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In 1945, the American grocer A&P (Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company) organized the first of its “Chicken of Tomorrow” contests with the national finals held in 1948. For the finals, breeders submitted a case of 30 dozen hatching eggs to an Eastern Shore hatchery, where the eggs were hatched and the offspring fed until they reached market weight and then slaughtered. Broilers were judged on several factors including growth rate, feed conversion efficiency, and the amount of meat on breast and drumsticks. Because the original purpose of most birds was to grow large quickly, breeders used weight as the primary selection criterion. Genetic line companies found that weight was moderately heritable, with 20-40% of the trait genetically controlled. Though simple, this selection process helped improve broiler breeder performance across generations. Market forces have changed selection criteria over the years. A more integrated and consolidated industry learned that weight and growth rates alone could not be the only selection criteria considered. This was particularly true as feed costs increased. Today, feed accounts for 65-70% of the input cost for a broiler. Nowadays, a newly hatched chick increases its body weight by 25% overnight and 5400% by 35 days, to reach an average body weight of 2,273 grams.

This astonishing performance of the modern chicken comes from: 1) intensive selection for growth rate, 2) meticulous attention to health and husbandry, and 3) advances in feed formulation, matching the nutrient contents of the feed with the nutrient requirements of the bird. That is why gut health and feed efficiency are so crucial for broiler chickens since feed efficiency is considered “the money saver”. In today’s broiler industry, subclinical forms of coccidiosis or necrotic enteritis are often financially more devastating than acute, short-term infections. Likewise, dietary factors that modulate the immune system and gut microbiota should be considered when formulating diets and managing feeding practices. As the growth period is progressively shortened and feed efficiency continuously improved, the health care and nutrition of the bird are becoming more demanding. This makes it more important to pay attention to the minute changes that occur in the gut, which are often overlooked because the damage is subtle and usually characterized by microscopic changes in the mucosal layer.

The purpose of this book is to present updated information on this fascinating industry in the areas of management, nutrition, health, diseases, and hatchery and incubation.

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Guillermo Téllez

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Guillermo Tellez-Isaias was born in Mexico City in 1963. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1986 and his Master in Science degree in Veterinary Sciences in 1989 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked as full professor at UNAM for 16 years, 8 of which as a head of the Avian Medicine Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He was also the President of the National Poultry Science Association of Mexico, and is a member of the Mexican Veterinary Academy and the Mexican National Research System. Currently, he works as a research professor at the Center of Excellence in Poultry Science of the University of Arkansas. His research is focused on the advantages of the poultry gastrointestinal model in evaluation of the beneficial effects of functional foods to enhance intestinal health and disease resistance.

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