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Feed is the largest single cost for a poultry farm, and its formulation has a huge potential impact on bird performance. Furthermore, the need to remove antibiotics has led to a plethora of alternative products to supplement standard diets. Here, we cut through the marketing to discover which truly make a difference.

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Rearer's advice on getting pullets off to a good start

Modern hybrid hens are genetically sophisticated and achieving their productive potential will only be possible if the development period from chick to hen is carefully managed. Attention to detail is…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Why home-mix rations are making a comeback on poultry farms

Market conditions are tough for free-range egg farmers and one of the ways to manage the risk of lower returns, is to take control of the largest input cost any…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Distillers' dried grains with solubles a viable feed

As part of the £2.6m Defra and industry-funded Link programme, “Environmental and Nutritional Benefits of Bioethanol Co-Products (Enbbio)”, recent trials, have proved that wheat distillers’ dried grains with solubles (wDDGS) can be…

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FEED AND NUTRITION

How to match nutrition to layer potential

Over a modern laying hen's lifetime it will produce many multiples of its bodyweight in eggs, and as genetic selection improves, so too does the length of the bird's productive…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Why it's vital to pick the right fibre for poultry diets

Fibre is considered the nutrient needed to “keep things moving”. In poultry diets, it can have a host of benefits to bird health. Indeed, incorporating the right kind of fibre…

POULTRY

Top tips on autumn rat management for poultry farmers

Autumn is the time of year rodents really begin to cause problems for poultry farms. After harvest time sources of food beginning to dwindle and temperatures become cooler, so rats…

POULTRY

How to bait properly to control rodents on poultry farms

Controlling vermin populations on broiler units is an integral facet of farm management, but the efforts applied by producers are often found to be ineffective. Rat populations can escalate quickly and…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Top feed and shed tips for egg farmers

Bob Waller was an agricultural manager for Freedom Food before becoming an independent consultant. His key piece of advice was planning ahead and paying close attention at every stage of…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How to extend late lay quality through nutrition management

Maintaining lay persistency, egg mass and shell quality in late lay can have a significant impact on a flock’s financial performance.  Keeping up consistent egg production in late lay requires…

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FEED AND NUTRITION

100% organic poultry rations: Challenges and solutions

Organic poultry production has long had a challenge in getting feed rations right. Farmers adopting the system accept that bird performance will be lower but, in theory, birds reared under…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Challenges ahead for insect protein in poultry diets

It is with increasing frequency that news comes from an enthusiastic start-up claiming the insect protein problem has been cracked. The idea is certainly an attractive one: turn waste products…

POULTRY

Latest advances in science for poultry farmers

Every year, hundreds of academic papers relevant to poultry are published, with their findings often trickling down to farms in the months and years that follow. Here, Poultry World rounds…

POULTRY

Soya sourcing - are poultry companies acting responsibly?

The World Wildlife Foundation has accused European feed companies – and the businesses they supply – of complacency when it comes to responsible soy sourcing. That the production of soy…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How data can unlock the formula for better poultry nutrition

Monitoring cereal quality and refining diets to reflect actual analysis can have a big impact on feeding efficiency and financial performance in all classes of farm livestock. “The quality of…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Insects could replace soya in poultry feed

It’s been said that a single pair of breeding flies could produce enough offspring to cover the globe to a depth of 47ft in less than six months, given unlimited…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Top tips for good egg shell quality

Second-quality eggs are a major drain on producers’ incomes, causing headaches throughout the supply chain. Between 6% and 8% of shells are broken, with other problems including pale eggs, ridges,…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Alternatives to soya for sustainable poultry feed

As questions are raised about the long-term use of soya meal in poultry rations, independent consultant Zoe Kay considers the alternatives. There is a movement within the poultry industry to…