Dutch broilers do better without antibiotics
Despite the ban on the use of in feed antibiotics,
Dutch broiler farmers showed better technical results in 2006, compared to
Through the addition of 30% wheat and alternative growth promoters in the
feed, a quarter of the
broiler producers showed reduction in feed conversion from 1.40
to around 1.36 (at a weight of 1500 grams).
The growth of the top 25% producers increased with almost 2 grams to 57
grams per day, mainly due to the genetic progress of the animals. Some flocks
even showed a growth of 60 grams per day. In addition the mortality rate in 2006
decreased from 3.7 to 3.3%.
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