Leghorn strains are continuously changing to meet market demands. The age of maturity in commercial pullets has steadily decreased, and egg output and case weights continue to increase. Consequently, nutritional management also needs to change to meet the genetic potential of the new strains. When new genetic lines are introduced, issues such as calcium and phosphorus management need to be constantly evaluated.
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