Optimising the conditions in which broilers are housed is the key to getting the best feed conversion ratio, according to 2009 Farmers Weekly Poultry Farmer of the Year, David Speller.

In a special video prepared for the recent Oxford Farming Conference, Mr Speller explains how he has used modern technology to achieve an average FCR of 1.62, and a “career best” of 1.54.

“This level of efficiency is only achievable by ensuring that the bird is completely comfortable and stress free,” he told the conference.

Underfloor heating, computer controls and 24 video observation are all part of the mix on his farm.