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POULTRY PRODUCTION'S REAL FEED COSTS
of the bird - and that begins at
the breeder house through to the
THE NCC ESTIMATES 45 to 50
percent of the US flock is on
a no-antibiotics-ever program.
Sources state the move to
antibiotic-free poultry production
could increase live costs by up to
10 percent depending on the producer, on average increasing feed
costs by $3 to $5 per ton. However,
if a company is also switching to
an all-vegetable diet while moving
toward an antibiotic-free program,
it might end up costing between $4
and $7 per ton.
"We are seeing re-optimization
of feeds, where you have to know
more about how growth promoters
[influenced] performance to substitute these without negative effects
on performance," Enting said.
The National Chicken Council
(NCC) estimates 45 to 50 percent of
the U.S. flock is on a no-antibioticsever program (NAE).
However, NAE poultry production "isn't for everybody."
The feed is only one element of
NAE production. To be successful,
a company needs to be confident in
its hygiene and management controls through the entire life cycle
Slow-growing chickens can take
twice as long to reach the same market weight as faster-growing strains,
almost tripling production costs.
"For developments like slowgrowing birds and cage-free systems, we must know how different
breeds respond to different dietary
nutrient levels to find economically
optimum performance," Enting said.
How much more feed is required
to raise slow-growing broilers?
"We can't speak to all slowergrowing breeds, but we estimate that
our costs will increase about 25 percent," said Scott Sechler, owner and
president of Bell & Evans, a U.S.based organic broiler producer.
The company recently announced the transition of its entire
flock to a slow-growing strain, the
Das Klassenbester, in 2018. The
new breed's growth cycle will be extended by more than 15 percent (47
to 50 days).
"We are estimating that our Das
Klassenbester breed will require between 25 to 33 percent higher feed
conversion to reach the same 5.6
pound average live weight we see
now," Sechler said.
The company estimates it will
spend an additional $14 million in
feed per year, but he believes the
cost will be offset by increased
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