|The phasing out of the use of antibiotics and other antimicrobials in food production
and the ever-growing demand for low-priced, healthy and high-quality poultry has
led to the popularity of pasture-based poultry systems. Our Extension program focuses
on using natural growth-promoting feed additives such as phytobiotics (plant and herbal
extracts) and symbiotics (prebiotics and probiotics) to maintain and improve the health,
performance and immune status of pastured poultry. Results of this research will be
extended to local farmers online and through workshops, fact sheets and online resources.
Local farmers will be educated and encouraged to embrace pasture-based poultry production
in order to diversify their family incomes. Farmers are able to process their pastured
poultry at Kentucky State University’s Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration
Farm utilizing the university’s Mobile Processing Unit for poultry, fish, and rabbits.
This allows them to market directly to consumers.