Feed International - August 2017 - 9
FeedInternational ❙ 9
consideration. Its specialized nature means a standard feed
mill would not have the specialist raw materials or equipment
or expertise necessary to produce such a diet. This means
higher handling costs and coordination with more than one
Uniformity is an important aim for broiler producers.
To achieve this, feed intake should be maximized at critical stages to support gastrointestinal development. Closing
the growth gap will be most cost effective when the birds
are still young chicks.
"I believe that all broiler producers would benefit from
using a broiler super pre-starter," Dijkslag said. "It has
been demonstrated that feeding the ForFarmers prestart
increases return per broiler by EUR4.5 cents."
For highest scientific standard:
Current and future trends
Development of the gastrointestinal and immune
systems is important in modern broiler production to
support growth and performance. By feeding a diet that
specifically meets the requirements of a chick in the first
few days of life is the best way to ensure a good start. It
is a significant investment with the aim of promoting efficiency throughout the cycle.
Integrators are probably best placed to benefit directly
from any improvement in growth rates or feed conversion.
However, the benefits may not be universal or appropriate
for all production systems. Where producers are reducing
antibiotic usage, additional early support may be of particular use, as well as when using new hatching methods
that provide immediate access to feed. Others question
whether the money could be better spent on improving
starter diets as a whole. ■
... and thus achieve a zootechnical
registration for Biostrong® 510 EC.
Safety and efficacy of the phytogenic feed
additive have been proven and confirmed
for chickens for fattening as well as for
Zoe Kay is an independent consultant providing
technical services to the animal health and nutrition
industry. She can be reached at cuckooconsulting@
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laying hens until the point of lay.
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