USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have announced the completion of a funded research project at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in which research demonstrated the possibility to automate grading of woody breast fillets.

The research is made in part by an endowing Foundation gift from George’s Inc. and is part of the association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.

A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, The project summary is as follows.

Project #F072: The Use of Vision Grading of Broiler Carcasses to Predict Presence of Woody Breast Characteristics.

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Casey Owens, University of Arkansas, Department of Poultry Science, Fayetteville.

In a recently completed research project, Dr. Casey Owens at the Department of Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, used automated vision grading to detect the woody breast condition in broiler carcasses prior to evisceration. Dr. Owens found that using various measurements of the breast area of the carcass provided a strong prediction of the presence of woody breast in the fillets. Further development of this system may provide processors a valuable tool to sort breast fillets for presence and severity of woody breast.

The research summary can be found on the USPOULTRY website. Information on other Association research may also be obtained by visiting the USPOULTRY website,