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Year Awarded 2018
FFAR award amount $999,772
Total award amount $1,999,772
Location Des Moines, IA
Matching Funders National Pork Board
An estimated 30-35 percent of pigs die before reaching the market and mortality rates are increasing. An interdisciplinary team is studying the causes of swine mortality on commercial farms and finding methods to improve pig survivability.
FFAR award amount $49,999
Total award amount $99,998
Matching Funders University of Nebraska
Technological advances allow livestock producers to capture unprecedented amounts of data about pigs in their care. An interdisciplinary team is developing technology that continually tracks individual pigs and logs information about their activities for future analysis and selection.
Year Awarded 2017
FFAR award amount $486,594
Total award amount $486,594
Location Edinburgh, UK
Matching Funders Open Philanthropy Project
Keel, or breastbone fractures, which cause pain and decrease egg production, are a challenge to raising hens in cage-free housing systems. To improve the health and productivity of egg-laying hens and prevent these fractures, University of Edinburgh researchers are developing an x-ray-based measurement system for on-farm use to breed hens with stronger bones.
FFAR award amount $490,093
Total award amount $490,093
Location West Lafayette, IN
Keel, or breastbone fractures are painful and decrease egg production and are a common concern for cage-free hens. Purdue University researchers are assessing the impact of nutritional interventions on the gut microbiome and testing management interventions to reduce keel bone fractures in laying hens housed in cage-free systems.
FFAR award amount $431,999
Total award amount $431,999
Location Davis, CA
Keel, or breastbone fractures are a prevalent concern when raising hens in cage-free housing systems. University of California, Davis researchers are exploring the impacts of poultry housing design, particularly vertical space, on the prevalence of keel bone injuries in egg-laying hens.
FFAR award amount $499,443
Total award amount $514,675
Location St. Paul, MN
Matching Funders DNA Genetics LLC and Open Philanthropy Project
Male piglets are castrated to improve the quality of meat for consumers, but this practice is also a concerning animal welfare issue. Recombinetics/Acceligen and Hendrix Genetics are using a genome editing method to create swine that remain in a pre-pubertal state, thus eliminating the need for surgical castration. The project aims to eliminate the need for surgical castration and improve animal health, management and meat quality.
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