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David Frame

David Frame

Associate Professor
Extension Poultry Specialist
Faculty: DVM, Faculty
Location:  Ephraim
Office Phone:  435-283-7586
Fax:  435-283-5648
Cell Phone:  435-851-2233
325 W 100 N
Ephraim, UT 84627

Specialties: Poultry disease 

About Me

Dr. David Frame’s primary assignment is to work with poultry producers and poultry groups to develop and improve production management practices, health programs, and disease preventive procedures. He also develops and participates in educational seminars for poultry producers, small flock and backyard chicken owners, and game bird producers. An increasingly demanding part of his extension time is providing educational programs for backyard poultry owners. A significant portion of time is focused on diagnostic needs of commercial poultry and game bird producers.

Current core program activities include:

  1. Organization of a biennial game bird health and management symposium in cooperation with Hatt Ranch, the Utah Game Bird Association, and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
  2. Serve on organizing committee for an annual turkey school for the Utah commercial turkey growers.
  3. Provide poultry diagnostic expertise through the Central Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Nephi, Utah to help commercial poultry and game bird industries maintain healthy flocks.
  4. Provide seminars in various parts of the State addressing backyard poultry keeping and management.
  5. Serve on the executive committee as proceedings editor of the Western Poultry Disease Conference, an international meeting addressing poultry health issues.
  6. Serve on the Certification Examination Committee for the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Financial support comes fro the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, USU Extension grants, Wester Poultry Disease Confernece, and Utah Valley University.

Dr. Frame received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oregon State University in 1984. He is board certified in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. He is an associate professor in the Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Department and serves as the USU Extension Poultry Specialist with an additional assignment as poultry diagnostician for the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.


Education and Research

  • Education
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    • B.S. - Animal Sciences, Utah State  University, 1974-1980
    • D.V.M. - Oregon State University, 1980-1984
    • D.V.M. - Washington State University, 1980-1984
    • Residency Certificate - University of California, Davis, 1985-1987
    • Board Certification - American College of Poultry Veterinarians, 1992
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  • Experience and Professional Training
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    • Associate Professor and Extension Poultry Specialist, Utah State University, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences Department, November 1998 to present.
    • Completed the Exotic and Emerging Diseases of Animals Training Course held in Ft. Collins, Colorado and sponsored by USDA, APHIS, VS, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Animal Population Health Institute, May 2006.
    • Completed the pathologists training course at Plum Island in foreign animal diseases, November 2003.
    • Was deployed to the to the Virginia/West Virginia Low Path Avian Influenza Task Force and worked with Martin Smeltzer in the biosecurity division, July 2002.
    • Head of Veterinary Department, Moroni Feed Company, Moroni, Utah, November 1986 to November 1998.
    • Completed a two-year avian residency program with the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.  My residency position was an appointment assessing the feasibility of providing veterinary medical services to a specific group of egg producers representing 8% of the total egg industry of the state of California.   My major responsibility was to investigate how veterinary services might be utilized by the egg industry in an advantageous manner.  My residency appointment was at the time the only post-DVM training program that provided such intensive training in being able to work within a collective structure of egg companies.  Other assignments within the avian residency program, January 1985 to November 1986:
      • Provision of lecture and curriculum material to veterinary students and students enrolled in the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) program.
      • Conduct epidemiologic field investigations.
      • Incorporate computer skills in providing more efficient flock health management services.
      • Working knowledge of avian diagnostic procedures.
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  • Committee Assignments
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    • Member of Certification Examination Committee for the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (1993-96; 2008 to present).
    • Editorial/Review Board for Poultry Science (2008-present).
    • Subject Editor for the Health and Disease section of The Journal of Applied Poultry Research (2002 to 2005; 2008 to present).
    • Editorial/Review Board for the Journal of Applied Poultry Research (2006-present).
    • Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Avian Influenza Advisory Committee (2005-present).
    • Member of USU Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences Department Extension Committee.
    • Member of USU Extension Agro-security Team.
    • National Poultry Improvement Plan General Conference Committee Member for the Western Region (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii) (2002 to 2006).
    • Western Region Board Member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (2000-2004).
    • Alternate member for National Poultry Improvement Plan General Conference Committee for the Western Region (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii) (2000 to 2002).
    • Proceedings Editor for the Western Poultry Disease Conference (2001-present).
    • Member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists Committee on Economics and Quantitative Epidemiology (1988-91).
    • Member of the National Turkey Federation Turkey Health Committee (1989-present).
    • Member of the Pacific Egg & Poultry Association Scientific Advisory Committee on management, Disease and Reproduction (1986-1995).
    • Member of the U.S. Animal Health Committee on Transmissible Diseases of Poultry and Other Avian Species (1989-present).
    • Program Chairman of the Western Poultry Disease Conference (1995).
    • President of the Western Poultry Disease Conference (1996).
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  • Refereed Publications
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    1. Frame, David D., Matt Palmer, Ben Peterson.  Use of Camelina sativa in diet of young turkeys.  Journal of Applied Poultry Research, in review. JAPR 16:381-386. 2007.
    2. Frame, D.D., E.J. Kelly, N. Fields, and L.G. Bagley.  Dairy compost as a source of turkey brooder bedding.  Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 13:614-618.  2004.
    3. Frame, D.D., Robert E. Buckner, and Gary L. Anderson.  Pelletized Newspaper Bedding for Turkeys and its Effect on Brooding Performance Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 11:229-232. 2002.
    4. Brad S. Huber, Darin V. Allred, John C. Carmen, David D. Frame, David G. Whiting, Jason r. Cryan, Terry R. Olson, Paul J. Jackson, Karen Hill, Miriam T. Laker, and Richard A. Robison.  Random amplified polymorphic DNA and amplified fragment length polymorphism analyses of Pasteurella mutocida isolates from fatal fowl cholera infections.  Journal of Clinical Microbiology 40:2163-2168. 2002.
    5. Frame, D.D., D.M. Hooge, and R. Cutler.  Interactive effects of dietary sodium and chloride on the incidence of spontaneous cardiomyopathy (round heart) in turkeys.  Poultry Science 80:1572-1577. 2001.
    6. Frame, D.D., F.D. Clark, and R.A. Smart.  Recurrent outbreaks of a cutaneous form of Pasteurella multocida infection in turkeys.  Avian Dis. 38:390-392. 1994.
    7. Smith, Jeanne M., D.D. Frame, G.L. Cooper, A.A. Bickford, G.Y. Ghazikhanian, and B.J. Kelly.  Pasteurella anatipestifer infection in commercial meat-type turkeys in California.  Avian Dis. 31:913-917. 1987.
    8. Frame, David D., and A.A. Bickford.  An outbreak of coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis in 16-week old cage-reared layer replacement pullets.  Avian Dis. 30:601-602. 1986.
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  • Fact Sheets
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    1. Frame, David D.  Molting and Determining Production of Laying Hens.  2008. Ag/Poultry/2009-01pr. http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/AG_Poultry_2009-01pr.pdf.
    2. Frame, David D.  Principles of Feed Small Flocks of Chickens at Home.  2008. http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/AG_Poultry_2009-02pr.pdf.
    3. Frame, David D.  Housing Backyard Chickens.  Ag/Poultry/2008-01pr.  2008.http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/AG_Poultry_2008-01pr.pdf.
    4. Frame, David D.  Biosecurity principles:  protecting the Utah turkey industry, 2003. http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/AG_Poultry_Health_Biosecurity_03.pdf.
    5. Frame, David D.  Biosecurity principles:  protecting your investment, 2003. http://extension.usu.edu/files/agpubs/poulprinciples.pdf.
    6. Frame, David D. and Gary L. Anderson.  Nutrient content of turkey litter.  AG/Poultry/WasteManagement/01.2003 http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/AG_Poultry_Waste_Management_01.pdf.
    7. Frame, David D. and Gary L. Anderson.  Understanding static pressure.  AG/Poultry/Vent/03.2001. http://extension.usu.edu/files/agpubs/poultryv-03.pdf.
    8. Frame, David D. and Gary L. Anderson.  Steps in evaluating power ventilation needs in Utah turkey facilities.  AG/Poultry/Vent/02.2001.  http://extension.usu.edu/files/agpubs/poultryv-02.pdf.
    9. Frame, David D. and Gary l. Anderson.  Ventilation basics for Utah turkey facilities.  AG/Poultry/Vent/01.  2001.  http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/factsheet/Ag_poultry_Vent_01.pdf.
    10. Frame, David D.  Weekly feed consumption of light consumer-size turkeys raised in Utah.  AG/Poultry/03.  2000.  http://extension.usu.edu/files/agpubs/poultry3.pdf.
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  • Non-refereed Technical Publications
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    1. Frame, David D. and Dennis L. Hinkamp.  Exotic Newcastle Disease/La Enfermedad de Newcastle Exotica. (I did the Spanish translation in addition to writing the English version of this fact sheet.)  2003. http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/pub_190530.pdf.
    2. Frame, D.D., Matt Palmer, Robert Ward, Silvana Martini, and Boyd Beck.  2008.  Feeding Camelina sativa to Meat Turkeys.  WestVet19 Proceedings and oral presentation.,  Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.  September 30, 2008.
    3. Invited Book Review.  September 2008:  Diseases of Poultry, 12th edition, 2008.  Editor-in-Chief, Y.M. Saif; Associate Editors, A.M. Fadley, J.R.Glisson, L.R. McDougald, L.K. Nolan, and D.E.Swayne.  ISBN-13: 978-0-8138-0718-8.  Blackwell Publishing Professional, 2121 State Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50014, USA. (www.blackwellprofessional.com).  To be published in Poultry Science and Journal of Applied Poultry Research.
    4. Frame, David D., Matt Palmer, Robert Ward, and Silvana Martini.  Feeding Camelina sativa and Enhancing Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels in Market-Age Turkey Hens.  March 2008.  AG/Poultry/2008-01.
    5. Frame, David D. 2006.  Avian Influenza: Talking Points for County Agricultural Educators and Suggested Biosecurity Guidelines.  USU Extension, Fact Sheet, AG/poultry/2006-02.
    6. Frame, David D. 2006.  Biosecurity Rules for the 2006 Utah Turkey Show. Fact sheet and oral presentation, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Building.  May 8, 2006.
    7. Frame, David D. and Lynn Bagley. 2004.  Utah Broiler 4-H Handbook.
    8. David Halvorson, Capua I., Cardona, C., Frame D., Karunakaran, D., Marangon, S., Ortali, G., Roepke, D., Woo-Ming, B.  2003.  The economics of avian influenza control.  Proceedings of the Fifty-second Western Poultry Disease Conference, pp. 5-6.
    9. Frame, David.  2000. H7N3 outbreak halted by vaccine.  World Poultry-Elsevier Special '00, pp. 20-21.
    10. Godfrey, E. Bruce, David Frame, Gary Anderson, and Ruby Ward.  2000.  Enterprise budget:  raising hen turkeys, 7,500 poults, Utah, 1999.  2000 Utah Agricultural Statistics and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Annual Report, p. 167.  Issued cooperatively by Utah Department of Agriculture and food and USDA.
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  • Other Professional Presentations
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    1. Wadhwani, R., Suzuki, A.H., Martini, S., Ward, R., Frame, D.D. and Palmer, M. 2008.  Consumer acceptance of breasts and thighs obtained from turkeys fed with omega-3 fatty acids (poster presentation).  IFT-Bonneville Section Salt Lake City, March 6, 2008.
    2. Frame, David D., Matt Palmer, Robert Ward, and Silvana Martini.  Feeding Camelina Meal to Market-Age Turkey Hens, Extension Annual Planning and Professional Development Conference, Best Practices Proceedings, page 22.  Logan, Utah. March 5, 2008.
    3. Frame, David D., Matt Palmer, Robert Ward, and Silvana Martini.  Feeding Camelina sativa to Market-Age Hen Turkeys.  Invited speaker at Snow College "Faculty Forum" - an educational lecture series given to faculty of Snow College.  January 29, 2008.
    4. Frame, David D.  Invited presentation on Salmonella monitoring.  Moroni Feed Company Plant Salmonella Surveillance Committee Meeting. November 27, 2007.
    5. Frame, David D.  Disease Spread and Biosecurity Considerations.  Invited presentation at the Utah Egg Quality Assurance Plan Annual Training Meeting and UDAF AI Table Top Training.  September 19, 2007.
    6. Frame, David D., Matt Palmer, and Ben Peterson.  Feeding False Flax (Camelina sativa) to Young Turkeys.  Extension Annual Planning and Professional Development Conference.  March 7, 2007.
    7. Frame, David D.  2006.  Overview of Avian Influenza Threat to a Human Pandemic Family Prepardness Certification Workshop, St. George, Utah.  October 28, 2006.
    8. Frame, David D.  2006.  Table Top Discussion on Potential Avian Influenza Outbreak in Utah - Possible Scenario and Review of Risk Factors.  Utah Egg Quality Assurance Plan Training.  Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.  October 11, 2006.
    9. Frame, David D. 2006.  Overview of Avian Influenza.  Meeting of Southwest Region Family and Consumer Science Extension Agents.  Beaver, Utah.  June 20, 2006.
    10. Frame, David D.  2005.  Avian Influenza (Overview).  Invited speaker, Utah Agroterrorism Working Group Quarterly Meeting.  Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, 350 N. Redwood Road.  December 5, 2005.
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  • Extension Newsletters/Research Reports
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    1. Frame, David D.  2006.  A06-2: Nutridense Corn Trial Through Growout.  Moroni Feed Company Annual Nutrition Planning Meeting.  October 28, 2006.
    2. Frame, David D., Matt Palmer, Ben Peterson.  2006.  BAT06-3: Potential Camelina sativa Use in Turkey Diets.  Utah Turkey Marketing Board.  October 26, 2006.
    3. Frame, David D.  2006. F06-3: Hybrid Converter Tom Feeding Programs.  Moroni Feed Company Annual Nutrition Meeting.  October 18, 2006.
    4. Frame, David D.  2006.  W06-3: Hybrid Converter Hen Feeding Programs.  Moroni Feed Company Annual Nutrition Meeting.  October 18, 2006.
    5. Frame, David D.  2006.  W06-1: Lubing Drinker Cup Trial.  Moroni Feed Company Research Committee.  May 10, 2006.
    6. Frame, David D.  2005.  W05-4 Summer Orlopp Heavy Hen Test (119 and 126 d).  Moroni Feed Company Annual Nutrition Meeting.  October 18, 2005.
    7. Frame, David D.  2005.  F05-4: Summary Orlopp Mid Tom Test (129 & 136 d).  Moroni Feed Company Annual Nutrition Meeting.  October 18, 2005.
    8. Frame, David D.  2005.  Orlopp Heavy Hens and Mid Toms: Feed Conversion.  Moroni Feed Company Annual Nutrition Meeting.  October 18, 2005.
    9. Frame, David D.  2005.  Research Report:  Feeding Schedule of Orlopp Turkey.  Moroni Feed Company Annual Nutrition Meeting.  October 18, 2005.
    10. Frame, David D.  2005.  A05-3:  Nicholas Strain Test.  Moroni Feed Company Research Committee.  July 21, 2005.
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Honors and Activities

  • Membership in Professional and Scientific Organizations
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    • American Veterinary Medical Association
    • American Association of Avian Pathologists
    • american Association of Veteirnary Laboratory Diagnosticians
    • Poultry Science Association
    • U.S. Animal Health Association
    • American College of Poultry Veterinarians
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  • Grants
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    1. Utah Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture Mini-grant (2009) $1185.  (Co-investigator with Matt Palmer, USU Sanpete County Extension Agricultural Agent).
    2. Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (2007-08) $6,000.
    3. Nicholas Turkey Breeding Farms (2005) $5,000.
    4. Moroni Feed Company (2004) $744.
    5. Sunset Turkeys, Inc. (2002) $150.
    6. Alltech, Inc. (2002) $900.
    7. Utah Turkey Marketing Board (2002) $29,600.
    8. Hired-Hand Mfg. Co., Bremen, Alabama (2001) $2,000.
    9. Coulombe, R., D. Frame - National Research Initiative, Competitive Grant, USDA, 2002.  Chemoprotection of aflatoxicosis in turkeys by dietary antioxidants (02-2780).  $293,750.  Co-investigator.
    10. Year 2001 Pacific Egg & Poultry Association (2001) $500.
    11. Aventis Animal Nutrition (2001) $10,000.
    12. Mountainwest Farm Services (2000) $3,176.
    13. Aventis Animal Nutrition (2000) $8,500.
    14. USDA Community Facilities and Rural Development (2000) $50,000.
    15. Utah Turkey Marketing Board (1999-2006) $15,000 each year ($120,000 through 2006).
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  • Foreign Languages
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    • Spanish
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  • International Interests
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    • Canada
    • Central America
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