Ghana: New poultry feed enhancer recommended

14-05-2009 | |

Researchers from the Animal Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, recommend a new poultry feed enhancer to improve poultry performance.

They undertook studies using a livestock performance enhancer known as 3rd Generation Ruman-Enhancer (RE3); an additive in poultry feeding to all classes of poultry birds for improved performance at lower cost.

It is a liquid chemical, manufactured by Basic Environmental Systems and Technology Incorporated (BEST) of Canada and approved by the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) of Ghana.

The researchers made the recommendations when they talked about the product and its usefulness at a 1-day workshop organised by the Ashanti Regional Directorate, in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).

Professor S. A. Osei of the University said poultry feed had become the single most important recurrent cost of producing broilers and eggs. He said that during the research all ingredients used in the preparation of RE3 were from natural sources and remained in their natural state. No toxic chemicals were found to have been used in the preparation of RE3, he said, adding that it contained yeast, which produced acid to fight any plague that might attack the birds.

Osei stated that the RE3 gave the advantage in terms of laying eggs, bodyweight and liveability, which in the end saved money.

The enhancer is solely for broilers and layers, but not ducks or ostriches.

Source: Daily Graphic

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist