UK studies advantages of Hy-Line breed in free-range units
UK researchers recently conducted an extensive study
using 25 free-range flocks, participating in the Freedom Foods
The researchers measured bird attitude, activity and physical welfare over
the laying period of the flocks, amongst other factors. Relationships of these
observations to husbandry practices, type of housing and breed were also
assessed. The study showed a greater adaptability to free-range units in the
Most efficient bird
According to Hy-Line, the company's variety Brown has long been recognised
as the most efficient bird available; no other bird lives longer, produces more
first quality eggs, has a better egg weight profile, retains its feathers, has a
better temperament and most significantly, consumes less feed.
Hy-Line Brown flocks had significantly lower mortality than the combined
results of a group of seven different competitive commercial varieties. Low
mortality was also correlated with fewer off grade eggs â€œsecondsâ€ and rough
eggs, and better body condition scores.
â€œThe recent study reported in the British Journal, Veterinary Record,
demonstrates the clear advantage of the Hy-Line Brown compared to other breeds
used on British free-range farms, with all other breeds having double the
mortality," stated Hy-Line International's R&D director, Dr Neil
Save feed costs
A recent commercial trial revealed that the Hy-Line Brown consumed 7 g less
per bird per day than an alternative breed during the same laying period. When
projected across a typical flock of 100,000 birds, this amounts to a saving of
Â£47,000 or 0.47 p per bird over the course of a laying period.
Related links:Hy-Line International
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