New research identifies factors responsible for green muscle in broilers

Researchers at Auburn University recently completed a study aimed at defining conditions responsible for deep pectoral myopathy, also known as green muscle, in broilers. Approximately .5 percent of breast tenders must be condemned due to the condition. The USPOULTY-funded study found factors including temperature at which broilers are raised, strain and gender were linked to green muscle. Most importantly, scientists say they found that levels of a serum enzyme correlated with the development of the condition, suggesting it may be used as a marker for susceptibility to deep pectoral myopathy. For a summary of the research, click here.