Merck Animal Health and Tyson Foods are providing funding to Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Poultry Science department to build a new research facility. Meat industry publication Meatingplace reports the two companies have provided a $500,000 gift for the laboratory where scientists will focus on solving intestinal health issues in poultry.
A University spokesperson says the gift will help serve the need for research and evaluation to increase bird health and welfare. Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor for the agriculture and life sciences department at the University, says the laboratory will “facilitate scientific discovery with direct industry application in support of student education.” The University noted that U.S. consumers spend roughly $85 billion a year on poultry.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.