S.F. (Sarge) Bilgili, DVM, MS, PhD

S.F. (Sarge) Bilgili, DVM, MS, PhD
Professor and Extension Scientist, Department of Poultry Science at Auburn University

Sarge Bilgili was born March 26, 1954, in Ankara, Turkey. After completing the primary school in Ankara, he attended junior high school in Columbus, OH during a three year residence in the U.S. He completed high school in 1972 and received his D.V.M degree in 1977 as a class valedictorian, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ankara University, Turkey. Upon graduation, he worked as a District Veterinarian in Sariyer, Istanbul, later returning to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Istanbul University as a Research Assistant.

In 1978, he came to the U.S. with a national competitive graduate scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Turkey for graduate studies. He received his M.S. degree in Poultry Nutrition form Oregon State University in 1981 under the direction of Dr. George Arscott. In 1982, he accepted a graduate research assistantship at the Department of Poultry Science at Auburn University. He completed his Ph.D. degree on Avian Reproductive Physiology in 1984 under the direction of Dr. Joseph Renden. After completing his mandatory military service in Turkey, he joined Auburn University as an Extension Poultry Specialist and Assistant Professor in 1985.

The primary focus of the extension (75%) and research (25%) appointment of Dr. Bilgili has been the assessment, development, and implementation of live production and processing technologies to improve carcass quality, yield and wholesomeness of broilers. Extension program has been complemented and strengthened by applied research and field trials targeting the immediate needs of the poultry industry.

Dr. Bilgili’s unique and multidimensional approach to extension programming in the area of poultry processing technology has resulted national and international recognition, as evidenced by numerous articles in refereed and trade journals, symposia publications and technical presentations in national and international meetings.


1984 – Ph.D., Auburn University, Department of Poultry Science
1981 – M.S., Oregon State University, Department of Poultry Science
1977 – D.V.M., Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Turkey

Selected Scientific Publications

Macklin, K.S., J.B. Hess, S.F. Bilgili, and R.A. Norton, 2005. Bacterial levels of pine shavings and sand used as poultry litter. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 14:238-245.

Oyarzabal, O. and S.F. Bilgili, 2004. Effects of post-chill application of acidified sodium chlorite to control Campylobacter spp. and Escherichia coli on commercial broiler carcasses. J. Food Prot. 67(10):2288-2291.

Scheuermann, G.N., S.F. Bilgili, S. Tuzun, and D.R. Mulvaney, 2004. Comparison of Chicken Genotypes: Myofiber number in Pectoralis muscle and myostatin ontogeny. Poultry Science, 83: 1404-1412.

Yalcin, S., S. Ozkan, G. Oktay, M. Cabuk, Z. Bayraktar, and S.F. Bilgili, 2004. Age-related effects of catching, crating, and transportation on core body temperature and blood parameters of broilers measured a different seasons. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 13):549-560.

Dozier, W.A., R.J. Lien, J.B. Hess, S.F. Bilgili, 2003. Influence of early skip-a-day feed removal on live performance and carcass yield of broilers of different sexes and strain sources. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 12:439-448.

Bowers, B.D., J.B. Hess, S. F. Bilgili, J.P. Blake, and M.K. Eckman, 2003. Sand litter temperatures during brooding. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 12:271-274.

Bowers, B.D., J.B. Hess, S.F. Bilgili, J.P. Blake, and M K. Eckman, 2003. Nutrient buildup in sand litter. J. Appl. Poultry Res.12:522-525.

Scheuermann, S.F. Bilgili, J.B. Hess, and D.R. Mulvaney, 2003. Breast muscle development in commercial lines of broiler chickens. Poultry Sci. 82:1648-1658.

Bilgili, S.F., A.L. Waldroup, D. Zelenka, and J.E. Marion, 2002. Visible ingesta on pre-chill carcasses does not affect the microbiological quality of broiler carcasses after immersion chilling. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 11:233-238.

Bilgili, S.F., 2002. Slaughter quality as influenced by feed withdrawal. World’s Poultry Sci. J. 58: 123-130.

Dozier, W.A., III, R.J. Lien, J.B. Hess, S.F. Bilgili, R.W. Gordon, C.P. Laster, and S. Vieira, 2002. Effects of early skip-a-day feed removal on broiler live performance and carcass yield. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 11:297-303.

Johnson, L. C., S. F. Bilgili, F. J. Hoerr, B. L. McMurtrey, and R. A. Norton, 2001. The influence of Escherichia coli strains from different sources and the age of broiler chickens on the development of cellulitis. Avian Path. 30:475-479.

Johnson, L. C., S. F. Bilgili, F. J. Hoerr, B. L. McMurtrey, and R. A. Norton, 2001. The effects of early exposure of cellulitis-associated  Escherichia coli in 1- day-old broiler chickens. Avian Path.30:175-178.

Hess, J. B., S. F. Bilgili, A. M. Parson, and K. M. Downs, 2001. Influence of complexed zinc products on live performance and carcass grade of broilers. J. Appl. Animal Res. 19:49-60.

Macklin, K. S., R. A. Norton, J. B. Hess, and S. F. Bilgili, 2000. The effect of Vitamin E on cellulitis in broiler chickens experiencing scratches in a challenge model. Avian Dis. 44(3):701-705.

Downs, K. M., J. B. Hess, and S. F. Bilgili, 2000. Selenium source effect on broiler carcass characteristics, meat quality, and drip loss. J. Appl. Animal Res. 18:61-72.

Bilgili, S. F., G. I. Montenegro, J. B. Hess and M. K. Eckman, 1999. Sand as litter for rearing broiler chickens. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 8:345-351.

Bilgili, S. F., G. I. Montenegro, J. B. Hess and M. K. Eckman, 1999. Live performance, carcass quality, and deboning yields of broilers reared on sand as a litter source. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 8:352-361.

Poole, G. H., C. E. Lyon, R. J. Buhr, L. L. Young, A. Alley, J. B. Hess, S. F. Bilgili and J. K. Northcutt, 1999. Evaluation of age, gender, strain, and diet on the cooked yield and shear values of broiler breast fillets. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 8:170-176.

Laster, C. P., F. J. Hoerr, S. F. Bilgili, and S. A. Kincaid, 1999. Effects of dietary Roxarsone supplementation, lighting program, and season on the incidence of leg abnormalities in broiler chickens. Poultry Sci. 78:197-203.

Bilgili, S. F., 1999. Recent advances in electrical stunning. Poultry Sci. 78:282-286.

Yalcin, S., G. Bilgen, G. Oktay, Z. Acikgoz, and S. F. Bilgili, 1998. Effect of season and dietary energy level on composition and strength of skin in naked neck birds. Br. Poultry Sci. 39:627-632.

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