Managing rapid growth rate in broilers
Broiler chickens have been bred to reach market weights at a rapid rate.
Management and breeding strategies are designed to increase growth rate with
minimal feed intake during growing and learner carcasses at processing.
Currently, broilers are processed at 40 days or less with a live weight of
approximately 2 kg. Even though rapid growth rate has successfully reduced the
amount of time to market age, it has caused negative effects on bird health.
What should be done?
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Keywords: management, broiler, growth, health
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