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Losses in Finished Broilers Due To Handling and Transportation to the Slaughterhouse

Losses in Finished Broilers Due To Handling and Transportation to the Slaughterhouse

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Title: Losses in Finished Broilers Due To Handling and Transportation to the Slaughterhouse
Author: Ibrahim,Mohammed Abdallah Mohammed
Abstract: This study was conducted to assess the dead on arrival (DOA), injured or unhealthy finished broiler chickens during their handling and transportation from the growing farms to the processing plant of the Arab Poultry Production and Processing Co. (APPPC). The experimental work was in the form of a survey of 8 weeks duration. Regular visits were made to the company's growing farms and processing plant during the five slaughtering days each week, and data was collected on each journey for the number of birds crated and transported, journey time and total journey time and distance traveled by each batch of birds. The birds on arrival to the processing plant were inspected for physical conditions and the injured, unhealthy and DOA birds were recorded. Post-mortem examination was made on a random sample of 100 DOA birds to determine the causes of mortality. The number of surveyed birds was 429301 unsexed broiler chickens (Ross 308), which has been transported to the processing plant in 231 journeys. The number of DOA birds was 1055, reaching 0.246% of the total number. Post-mortem examination revealed that the main causes of death were heat stress, suffocation and loading and unloading injuries, at a percentage of 76, 16 and 8% respectively of the total DOA . The results also indicated marked effects of environmental temperature and associated month and season of the year ; and time of journey and distance traveled on the percentage DOA.
Description: 49page
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/8210
Date: 2006


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