Role of zinc, manganese and copper in broiler breeder nutrition
Maintaining high performance of the broiler breeder flock is essential to the profitability of a breeder operation, as well as the integrated poultry operations it supplies. Increasing the number of top grade quality chicks is the primary objective. This objective can only be achieved when all aspects of production are well-managed. Flock health and management, hatchery management, as well as feeding and nutrition programmes must meet the high standards of the genetic strain.
One area of nutrition often overlooked is trace mineral nutrition. Improving zinc, manganese and copper nutrition will have dramatic effects on the performance of the broiler breeder flock. Following is a brief review of key roles of these essential trace minerals, as well as details regarding different forms of trace minerals.
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