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N&H TOPLINE: Potential cause of woody breast syndrome in broilers identified

Study suggests condition begins to develop in birds as young as one week post-hatch.

Researchers at the University of Delaware, in a project funded by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Assn. (USPOULTRY) and the USPOULTRY Foundation, reported a potential cause of woody breast lesions in broilers.

The modern broiler chicken, in the recent past, has been affected by a novel condition referred to as woody breast disease (WBD). The disorder, which largely targets the breast muscles of fast-growing and high-yielding birds, is characterized by extreme stiffening of the pectora

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