This 7th edition of Poultry World considers the importance of meeting critical energy requirements in breeders. In a special report, we speak to a poultry farmer in Ukraine whose farm was occupied by Russian soldiers and look into research conducted in Germany into dual-purpose chickens. Also, can a case be made for day-old layers in Austria?
“…we woke up to a war and soon thereafter Russian tanks rolled through the front gate of the poultry farm. With roadblocks between feed plant and farm, egg production became next to impossible,” says Oleksandr Strilets, who, in an exclusive interview with Poultry World, shares his experience of the Russian occupation of his farms.
Breeder feed is generally used to meet maintenance requirements, which means that around 70% of overall feed costs give no tangible return. But the bird’s maintenance needs must be met, or producers will inevitably see a reduction in egg production.
An undersupply of zinc in poultry diets will lead to deficiency symptoms, so this essential trace element is always added to feedstuffs to cover requirements. In this article we consider trials showing the superiority and positive effects of a stomach-protected zinc source.
To make rearing breeders more consistent, producers could determine the ideal feeding curve over the entire rearing period for both sexes instead of calculating feed allocations each week. This article highlights good management and optimal conditions, and good uniform feed distribution.
According to a recent study, optimising the creatine stores by supplementing guanidinoacetic acid can maximise performance. We look at the details.
The popularity of poultry continues, and according to the latest OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook, protein availability from poultry will rise by 16% by 2031, which would represent 47% of the protein consumed from meat sources.
Gastrointestinal parasites in the digestive tract of poultry cause a lack of appetite, diarrhoea and poor growth. Selective breeding for parasite resistance is a good means of parasite control.
Combining nicarbazin with monensin, a new solution claims to guarantee robust coccidiosis control in turkeys.
Older hens, in particular, require careful management of the bird’s calcium metabolism. Calcium deposited on the eggshell comes directly from the feed, which relies on the bird’s digestive health. Probiotics help support gut health and therefore have a significant role to play in enhancing eggshell quality and bone health of laying hens.
In Germany, research into dual-purpose chickens began in early 2019. In this article, 2 projects are highlighted, one of which is aimed at developing crosses of local breeds with high-performing hybrids, while the other focuses on setting up a purebred breed based on well-balanced laying, growth and animal welfare parameters.
With many feed additive blends on the market, poultry producers often ask what makes one different from the next and whether the value delivered exceeds the cost of these often costly additives. Research at the University of Norway is helping to address the question of return on investment.
Although feed protein content has reduced over the past 2 decades in Germany, broiler performance has improved. This means overall lower nitrogen excretions per bird. How has this been made possible, and what has the role of amino acid nutrition been?
Hatcheries are feeling the pressure to find alternatives to the culling of day-old layer males. Austrian hatcheries have now made the case that feeding chicks to zoo animals makes sense.