WATT Poultry USA - February 2018 - 27
POULTRY PRODUCTION'S REAL FEED COSTS
systems ... feed cost per dozen eggs
produced in the aviary was higher
because production per hen declined
more over the life of the flock."
Aviary systems had per dozen
costs 36 percent higher than conventional caged housing systems; enriched colonies had costs 13 percent
higher, the coalition reports.
Cage-free chickens require 15
to 25 percent more feed to produce
the same number of eggs as modern cage systems, a United Egg
Producers report states, estimating
aviaries would requiring an increase of 1.5 million tons feed.
Read more in the latest issue of Feed Strategy:
THE PAN THAT SET THE STANDARDS
FOR INCREASED FEEDING SPACE
JUST GOT BETTER!
Who picks up the tab?
As these evolving, consumerdriven production models become
the norm, producers and feed
manufacturers will need to step up
to meet new cost, formulation and
Today, at least with antibiotic
reductions, much of the cost is absorbed by the producer, but as time
goes on, this may no longer be the
case. On the plus side, for example,
according to a 2015 Consumer
Reports survey, more than half of
U.S. consumers are willing to pay
more for antibiotic-free meat.
Slow-growth broilers have always and continue demand premium
prices, but they also appeal to a certain subsect of the public. The U.S.
egg industry, on the other hand, will
continue to struggle as it transitions
to a cage-free model. ■
References available upon request.
February 2018 ❙ www.WATTAgNet.com
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