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Featherless Broilers

Cahaner Avigdor, HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Plant Sciences and Genetics

Featherless broiler chickens for improved meat production in hot conditions

Categories

Agriculture, Animal Breeding / Genetics, Animal Science / Vet. Medicine

Development Stage

A stock of fast-growing featherless broilers ready for commercial use

Patent Status

Unique (though non-patentable) genetic material and know-how

Market Size

2006 global production ~800 million broilers per week, rising 4% per year

Background                                                    

  • Current commercial broilers require low temperatures for fast growth and high meat yield
  • Hot conditions significantly reduce the efficiency, or increase the costs, of broiler production
  • Featherless broilers easily dissipate excess body heat, avoiding the need for costly cooling or ventilation (even at high stocking densities), allowing sustainable, low-cost production

Our Innovation

Development of a unique stock of fast-growing featherless broilers together with a breeding scheme that upgrades standard commercial broiler stocks by producing 25% (or 50%) heat-tolerant, high-yield, featherless broilers, and 75% (or 50%) feathered broilers for live marketing at low body weight

 

Key Features

  • Birds fully express their genetic potential under hot conditions, without cooling or ventilation
  • Reach slaughter weight of about 2.2 kg at 6 weeks, with more than 40 kg/m2
  • Meat yield and quality equals or surpasses standard broilers under optimal conditions
  • These performances obtained on low-cost (low-protein and low-energy) feed
  • Do not suffer from heat-related mortality or health problems

Development Milestones

  • Genetic material - featherless males for grandparent flocks - ready for shipping
  • Fine-tuning of management and diet composition to local conditions conducted on site

The Opportunity

  • Majority of broilers worldwide are reared in hot tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia, America and Africa, and the southern parts of the United States and China
  • Consumers, including those in developing countries, increasingly prefer processed broilers and meat; featherless broilers are ideal for processing and reduce the investment and operational costs associated with cooling and ventilating broiler houses

 

Contact for more information:

Amichai Baron
VP, Head of Business Development, Agritech & Envir
+972-8-9489263
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