Cooper endows USPOULTRY Foundation

First funded project to focus on immune enhancement against coccidiosis in turkeys.

The USPOULTRY Foundation has announced a gift from the Cooper Family Foundation of Oakwood, Ohio, to endow the Virgil H. Cooper Turkey Fund to support industry research and recruiting.

The fund is in memory of Virgil Cooper, founder of Cooper Farms, and will support the "Ensuring the Future" campaign, which was initiated to enhance the sustainability and prosperity of the poultry and egg industry through the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation. To date, more than $7.7 million in commitments have been pledged for the campaign.

The first funded project of the Virgil H. Cooper Turkey Fund will support an important piece of turkey-related research at The Ohio State University. The project by Dr. Ramesh Selvaraj, titled "25-OH Cholecalciferol (HyD) Supplementation to Improve Anti-coccidial Defense in Turkeys," will investigate the immune enhancement against coccidiosis in turkeys supplemented with the intermediate form of vitamin D.

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