Ways to improve Broilers Feed efficiency In China 01-15-2020

Currently, the poultry industry is the most booming industry in China and every local and international farm is trying to maximize their profits either by increasing their production capacity or by making their farms more efficient through feed efficiency. In most cases, the feed efficiency is achieved by balancing the ratio between energy and amino acids, or by improving nutrient digestibility by several different means. However, the feed efficiency rate can also be improved even after the feed has been mixed and delivered at the farm. The following few steps can help the farm owners to further boost the efficiency of their feed to ensure greater broiler productivity.

  • Avoid Mycotoxins: Molds consumes valuable nutrients from the feed and produce mycotoxins. Moldy feeds not just reduce the nutrient level but can become toxic for the poultry. To avoid this, farmers should not just stick to mycotoxin binder or mold inhibitor but should periodically inspect the silos and clean in thoroughly. Furthermore, placing the drinkers close to the feed also improve feed efficiency.
  • Use efficient feeders to avoid feed wastage: Farmers often ignore the importance of right feeders to save some cost, but feeders should be managed so that feed consumption is neither an opportunity to beat boredom nor a hurried fight to eat.
  • Light Management: Though, many farmers believe that constant lighting program such as (23 hour light and 1-hour darkness) is good to increase feed rate passage in birds but such program is not best in terms of feed digestibility. Therefore, a light on and off program ( for example, 1 hour light and 1-hour darkness or so on ) allow the birds to fully digest their feed while resting and provide them enough time to “refill” during light hours. To incorporate this program the farmer needs to have a large feeding space and efficient feeder system so all the birds can consume feed at the same time.
  • Avoid heavy Body weight at market age: Feed efficiency tends to decrease as the birds' age as they have the greater body mass to maintain every day and maintenance consume energy and amino acids. So the farmer needs to decide on minimum weight per bird that is acceptable. Though this will not be translated into maximum profits, along with it other factors such as cost per weight gain, or weight gain per given floor surface should also be taken into consideration.
  • Maintain a healthy flock: An important factor for feed efficiency is the health of the birds, as healthy birds translate into an efficient feed. Sic or subclinical affected birds do not a consumer as much feed as healthy birds, and what they do consume is usually goes to fighting off the disease. The sick birds might even break down muscle protein, which reduces their body weight making the feed efficiency worst. Therefore, keeping the birds healthy will maximize the feed efficiency.

Feed efficiency is an important factor especially for the Chinese farmers because most of the production cost is dependent on feed as it is so far the most costly expenditure in poultry farming.

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