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New strategies to reduce disease incidence in organic broiler farming with special consideration of the gut microbiome (Pro-Bio-Huhn)


Funding programme / funding institution: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL) - Deutschland

Grant number: 2821OE034

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Project description:

The overall objective of the ProBioHuhn project is a fundamental contribution to the development of new strategies for the reduction of disease on organic broiler farms with special consideration of the gut microbiome. In more detail, the project pursues the following work objectives: (1) To increase knowledge on disease and therapy frequencies as well as antibiotic resistance in organic chicken flocks for meat production with respect to three fattening types, i.e. slower growing meat hybrids, and young cockerels of dual and single purpose lines. (2) To elucidate the relationship between fattening type and gut microbiome, disease rates and antibiotic resistance, taking into account animal age, fattening performance, housing environment and management including feeding, e.g. regarding dietary fibre content. (3) Derive and evaluate innovative strategies to reduce disease on organic broiler farms, taking into account on-farm factors as well as factors across farms and stages (feeding, health management, fattening types, etc.)

Project partners:

  • Universität Kassen (Uni Kassel) - Deutschland
  • Universität Hohenheim (Uni Hohenheim) - Deutschland
  • Thüringer Tierseuchenkasse (TTSK)


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