Poultry feed trials with sorghum in Egypt

12-11-2010 | |

Feeding trials with non-tannin sorghum are to encourage Egyptian traders to buy this US-grown grain.

Poultry represents the biggest source of meat-based protein in Egypt. Capitalizing on this market, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program in conjunction with the US Grains Council is sponsoring two feed trials in the country to demonstrate the value of US sorghum in broiler diets.

One of the trials will be conducted under field conditions at the Dakahlia Poultry Company, where grain sorghum will be incorporated to replace 0, 25, 50 and 100% of the corn used in the formulas.

The second trial will be conducted at the Regional Centre for Food and Feed and will incorporate grain sorghum to replace 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100% of the corn in the formulas.

University supervision
Dr. Park Waldroup, professor of poultry nutrition at the University of Arkansas, will formulate the diets and supervise the experimental design of the studies.

“We hope to show that using proper nutritional values for low-tannin grain sorghums can be a useful alternative for a part of, or even the entire, grain portion of broiler diets,” he said.

Grain sorghum has been used in the US poultry industry for many years, and Waldroup said the Council hopes this trial will demonstrate to the Egyptian poultry industry its value as a grain source.

The trials will last six weeks with results expected to be shared in early spring of 2011.