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Livestock Production
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 4:46:55 PM
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Poultry nutrition and management
 
American Soybean Association-International Marketing, Southeast Asia
 
 

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.

 

Many years ago when we thought about the feedmill, it was just a place to mix cereal grains into a mash feed, but today, with new enzyme technology, developing antibody additives, genetically modified grains, and new processing techniques, the feedmill will become more integral to the feed formulation process.
 
Yesterday, we worried about getting adequate nutrients to the bird, tomorrow we will worry about the entire process. Those who are able to utilise the correct time, temperature, and chemical reactants that result in the most economical feed at economical processing charges will produce lower cost products.

 

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:

  • Field evaluation of a fullfat soymeal obtained with the use of an expander in poultry relations
     
  • Broiler breeder nutrition and management (Part I) 
     
  • Calculation of metabolisable energy requirements for the broiler breeder production period (Part II)
     
  • Effects of physiological development on the management of broiler parent stock
     
  • Causes and prevention of wet litter
     
  • Nutrition of intensively raised ducks
     
  • Nutritional requirements of modern laying hens
     
  • Optimum production and nutrition of layers
     
  • Feeding programmes for laying hens
     
  • Feeding programmes for egg-strain pullets up to maturity
 
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Article made possible through the contribution of American Soybean Association-International Marketing, Southeast Asia

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