The most important cost factor when producing poultry is feed costs. Feed represents up to 65 percent of the cost of growing broilers. How that feed is prepared, mixed, and manufactured impacts the nutritional quality and costs of production.
When many nutritionists today are asked, ''what is the importance of feed manufacturing to the nutrition of poultry?'' most will recall the importance of pellet quality, and others will recall how certain nutrients could be damaged during processing. However, few of us tend to think of the feedmill as a kind of 'chemistry lab' in which heat, time, and reactants are combined to form a final product.
When thinking about today's feed manufacturing process, it may require thinking out of the box just a bit. For example, is water in a formula all that important other than knowing that too much is a bad thing, that it has no caloric content and that you have to pay for transportation costs to the farm? What about the conventional dogma that says that to improve pellet quality you simply need to increase the gelatinisation of the cereal starches, which we have all been led to believe will improve poultry nutrition? Is this true?
This technical report will answer the above questions in the first segment "Feed manufacturing effects on poultry feed quality and nutrition" and consists another 10 segments including:
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