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Technological advances in poultry production has led to, as unwanted side effects, diverse types of chicken carcass related problems. This is of great economic significance for poultry meat producers.
All carcass problems have, to a greater or lesser extent, components of genetic, health, management and nutritional origin. In this article, we will focus on nutrition’s impact, all the while recognizing that the solution is not only found in this domain, but in the collective effects of the aforementioned components.
The problems discussed here are considered to be of utmost relevance, based on the experience acquired during visits to Spanish slaughterhouses in recent years:
Foot pad dermatitis is a multifactorial problem in the poultry industry, and is of great economic importance (sale of legs and animal welfare criteria that directly affects the maximum densities in kg/m2 usable on the farm). The factors that influence the humidity of the litter, especially those related to management, must be controlled:
Among the Nutritional factors that can limit litter humidity, it would be necessary to consider:
The presence of scratches, scabs and tears in the skin after going through the scalding and plucking process is another important reason for carcass collection in slaughterhouses. Anything that causes a certain nervousness will lead to more problems. Notable management factors to consider are:
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