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Poultry Feed Conversion / Efficiency

poultry feed conversion

Feed efficiency is  considered as an important parameter assessing the potential of bird strain or feeding programs. However many factors (e.g. bird age, sex, health and environmental temperature) affecting feed intake and growth rate. Although the single largest factor effecting feed efficiency is the energy level of the feed. Research shown that as the nutrient level of diets is reduced, birds eat more to compensate. Birds almost doubled their normal feed intake on very low nutrient based diets.

Therefore nowadays feed efficiency can be quite a variable number, and perhaps losing is significance as being able to compare birds performance under a range of field conditions. High energy prices often result in lower energy values usage in one or all of the diets of feeding program.

Striving for a low feed efficiency may not be always the most  economical situation, because economics may dictate the optimum use of low rather than high diet energy levels. Much more useful measures will be feed cost/kg weight gain for economic insights or energy intake per unit of weight gain for feed usage.

Opticon computerized poultry feed conversion / efficiency system

Our computerized feeding usage system is capable controlling and/or recording the feed consumption per bird. Providing insight in measures such as energy intake per unit of weight gain, feed efficiency, feed cost/kg weight gain at a glance.