The popularity of free-range and organic poultry has increased in recent years due to consumer demands. A study was conducted to evaluate how the presence of organic dairy cattle manure could influence the environmental and egg microbiology of organic free-range laying flocks. A flock of brown egg layers was split and maintained in a rotational paddock grazing schedule of which was free of or exposed to organic dairy manure. Environmental and egg sampling occurred approximately every 8 wk between 20 and 44 wk of age for a presence of Listeria spp., Campylobacter spp., Salmonella spp., and enumeration of Enterobacteriaceae. There was no significant difference in the occurrence of Listeria spp., Campylobacter spp. and Salmonella spp. in environmental and egg samples between integrated and control grazing organic free-range flocks. A random sampling of Enterobacteriaceae colonies produced 211 viable isolates for biochemical identification. Seventeen genera, species, or serotypes were identified....
Impact of organic dairy cattle manure on environmental and egg microbiology of organic free-range laying hens.
D. R. Jones, Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit, US National Poultry Research Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens, GA, 30605, USA. E-mail Deana.Jones@usda.gov
Garcia, J. S., Anderson, K. E., Guard, J. Y., Gast, R. K., Jones, D. R.; Impact of organic dairy cattle manure on environmental and egg microbiology of organic free-range laying hens.. IFIS Food and Health Sciences Database 2022; doi:
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