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The roles of selection and husbandry in the development of locomotory dysfunction in turkeys

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Consumers increasingly demand meat, which is both affordable and obtained from welfare friendly production systems. Currently, there is an unacceptably high level of locomotor dysfunction in growing turkeys with unprecedented levels of tibia dyschondroplasia. It has been suggested that turkey locomotor problems are a result of selection for production traits. It is also know that locomotor problems can be influenced by husbandry practices. The welfare implications of locomotor dysfunction have not been fully appraised. This project aims to address these issues and has 4 main objectives: A. To define normal gait, skeletal and related behavioural parameters in growing turkeys with unprecedented levels of tibia dyschondroplasia.

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CSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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ROSLIN INSTITUTE (EDINBURGH)
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EH25 9PS Roslin
United Kingdom

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