Yeah. And chickens had problems with lameness and having what they call flip-over disease, (you know, heart attacks) and this happens when you over-select for a single trait. Look at dogs - they kept selecting for big heads on bull dogs until bull dogs can barely function. I have a next door neighbor who has a bull dog puppy. You just play with him kind of energetically and he gets real tired. And they're saying "Oh, well that's just part of the breed." And I'm going "Well, I think it's abnormal." Why was the breed ever allowed to get into that kind of a mess? You look at a bulldog in the '50s; it was a much more normal looking animal.
Chickens were once more normal looking too, weren't they?
The broilers have been bred to be rapid growth and big breasts. Layers have been bred to crank out a lot of eggs. And layers that are bred to make a lot of eggs tend to peck each other worse and be more cannibalistic. There's always a price. Now, all of these things so far have been done with old-fashioned breeding. There's been artificial insemination involved, but that's not bio-tech. That's been around as long as I've been in the industry.
But it's not healthy for the animals.
No it's not. But I'm not going to call it genetic tinkering because that implies that you actually manipulated genetic material in a lab somehow. No, this has all been done so far just with breeding.
Thanks for the clarification. You've maximized your gift to accomplish something substantial - now 1/3 of all the meat processed in the US uses systems that you designed.
It's half. Half the cattle in the US and Canada are handled on equipment that I've designed at the large meat plants.
Can you explain a little about the systems that you've designed?