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Feed Conversion ratio in broilers

May I know the best FCR in broiler worldwide?

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Akapo olajetemi Abiola Akapo olajetemi Abiola
Animal Nutritionist
November 21, 2014
Quality broiler feed covers all the attributes of feed in relation to growth and feed conversion ratio.Antibiotic is just for prevention of occurrences of disease on farm animal.To get a good performance of broiler birds feed must be of high quality and must be given at the right time. Then the environment should also be taken care of. I personally has raise broiler and could get 2.6 live weight at 56 days with less abdominal fat. Growth promoters and antibiotics play less role if there is quality feed in place. Thanks
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Robert Huggins Robert Huggins
Animal Nutritionist
November 21, 2014
The FCR for broilers is determined by a number of factors; temperature, strain of bird, feed quality, feed formulation age of bird at time of marketing, diseases(pathogenic, metabolic), mycotoxins in feed, water quality, management, litter quality etc. The easiest way to get an idea on feed conversions from around the is to look at the management guides put out by the suppliers of poultry. I have seen conditions as low as 1.70:1 with averages around 1.96:1 and higher. Unfortunately these FCR are not always attainable by the average poultry producer. Under tropical conditions FCR of 2:1 is achievable with the above conditions being met and 2.2 to 2.5:1 under average management conditions. I have purposely not mentioned antibiotics or growth promoters as these products only work if management conditions are met.
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ravindra ravindra
Veterinary Doctor
November 22, 2014
we in india are getting FCR as low as 1.5-1.60 for 2kg body wt
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ravindra ravindra
Veterinary Doctor
November 22, 2014
we are getting 2.6kg body wt at 42-45 days
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Joy amparado Joy amparado
Student
December 13, 2018
ravindra How to achieve that kind of performance?
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November 22, 2014
We getting 2kg at 36 days FCR 1.56-1.62
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November 23, 2014
FCR of 1.4-1.6 could be obtained with sound management practices at the poultry farm. However, the major problem facing the poultry producers in Kuwait is high feed cost since corn and soybean meal cannot be produced in locally hence the poultry producers depend on importation of these major feed ingredients from other countries.
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Maheswar Rath Maheswar Rath
BVSc &AH,MVSc &AH,poultry science, Ph.D. Poultry science
November 23, 2014
In india performance is said to be very good. But it is appreciated when a flock get 2.25kg bwt with 1.7-175 fcr within 40-42days. Well if some one get better it is excellent but we cannot say we get 2.6 kg bwt with fcr of 1.6 at 42 -46day is open house rearing system as a normal phenomena. It is also important to have a range of good performance and sell the broiler at good price.

Good market price is important now a days for broiler live market or dressed market. If good price available and feed conversion is good then it is additional benefit to producers.

Even with very good fcr at 40days of age the producer suffer seriously with great loss to his operation and many such farmers feel risky to floor next batch of chicks. So producers need to ensure the local farm gate price and it is desirable to organize direct retailing which protect the farm at all places.

So selling price dominate the parameters fcr in commercial operation? dr m rath
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Vo Van Tuy Vo Van Tuy
Customer Manager
November 23, 2014
Hi all
In Viet Nam BWT at 42-45 day about 2.75-3 kg and FCR about 1.7-1.85
And cost about 1.4 usd/kg
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ajaya sharma ajaya sharma
Marketing Manager
November 23, 2014
@Muhammed Ilyas are your farmers still feeding the broiler ration without direct inclusion of additional fat, as my last visit to Lahore and subsequent meetings with some of my Pakistani friends in Asian feed conferences we found that Pakistan Feed Milers do not use additional direct fat in their formulations.if true then yours is a remarkable success story worth narrating to all others.
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Dr. Sudarshan P Regmi Dr. Sudarshan P Regmi
Livestock_Economics
November 24, 2014
I would appreciate that every body is thinking about FCR. Being an extension personnel and agri. economist it is the farmers that should get a better price of his/her product, especially broiler meat producers.

It is found that hatchery is supplying at three times his cost of the day old chicken;
the feed is costly and never say about FCR standards.
Medicines supply is at an ad hock basis and antibiotics were added to achieve growth which affects the normal FCR of broiler production.

Actually, FCR is more concerned with the Feed other management remaining the constant.
If feed industry supply better feed with enough feed additives and premix, no need of supply of antibiotics and supplements. The cost related with broiler production could be reduced.

Similarly, the butchers buying price and sale price are quite different. (buying @ Nrs. 160 and sale @ Nrs. 280.)

This way farmers are not getting farm gate price at reasonable and consumers are paying higher price. Though the associations regarding poultry is aware of this but hatchery associations are charging lots on the farmers.There must be a practice to buy or sale based on cost of production with some reasonable profit.
Every feed industry should come up with FCR leveled and tested through the research outcomes.
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ravindra ravindra
Veterinary Doctor
November 24, 2014
We dont have control over market and seles of birds,

the only way to control the production cost is by good farm managment which is very less seen in india.. we are facing farmer training ,education and their acceptibility problem
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L C Kapse L C Kapse
Technical Marketing Manager
November 26, 2014
As the prophylactic usage of antibiotics in the Feed is banned in India can the Acidifiers be used continuously from day 1 of rearing.Kindly some body throw light on this
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Muhammad Abdullah Muhammad Abdullah
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
November 26, 2014
to get better results always depends on your efforts, so If any one want to improve their FCR utilizing the same feed, then he must take take steps towards better management of broiler house, in which Temperature & ventilation plays a vital role, once u understand the cycle of these two management will be easier for beter results.
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November 26, 2014

It is always better to use acidifiers during the latter part of the production cycle, as long term use of acifiers could negatively effect on the watering system because benefits of using acidifiers may out weigh the cost involved in repairing the damage caused by long term use of acidifiers with drinking water. Use of acidifiers during latter part could also improve microbiological quality of carcasses as well.

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November 26, 2014
For broilers this FCR may vary from 1.7 at 5 to 6 weeks of age to 2.0-2.2 at aout 8 weeks.And early growth is the most efficient lowest FCR
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Ing. Dragan Ionut Ing. Dragan Ionut
Agro Engineer Zootechnist
November 27, 2014
Hello everyone.
In Romania the FCR are between 1.55-1.7 ( dependending of what kind of cereals you use, corn or wheat and if you use enzymes or not) at 37 or 38 days . The average bodyweight at 35 days are 2.05-2.1 kg and at 38 days are 2.2-2.4 kg.
Can you tell me if in your contry you use expanders in feedmills?
Thank you
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Robert Huggins Robert Huggins
Animal Nutritionist
November 27, 2014
It is interesting to see the FCR that individuals are getting with their broilers, but no one is mentioning what strain of bird they are using. This would be most interesting as FCR also has to do with strain of bird.
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Partha  Karmakar Partha Karmakar
Account Executive
November 28, 2014
In India it is mostly COBB 400 and in some cases of ROSS and Hubbard.
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Ing. Dragan Ionut Ing. Dragan Ionut
Agro Engineer Zootechnist
November 28, 2014
In Romania we have 80% Ross 308and 20 % Cobb 500. I did not see big difference of fcr between this two stranins , although cobb 500 have a slightly comsumption
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Thomas Bun Thomas Bun
General Manager
November 28, 2014
Different field conditions at different locations and also quite different farmer approach to handle farm broiler chicks. First of all FCR is a measure of feed required to convert 1 kg of live weight. Genetics and breeding status of commercial broiler chick will respond feed quality balance to achieve weight loss potential at a certain age.
Housing System in Indonesia's tropical climate is an open house and closed house. In Indonesia early harvest about 30 days. General Achievement weight 1.8 kg with FCR of 1.55 for the open house and closed house from 2 to 2.2 kg with FCR 1.65. harvest time 35 days. FCR best I think because it takes a very relative depending on farm management practices and management of your vaccination, this includes; proper cleaning and disinfection, DOC quality, feed quality, production processes meet kriterial how good feed in the feed mill, the input density, water quality, temperature and ventilation plays an important role, how well the cage is, weight gain and feed intake per day .
FCR also depends on what kind of raw materials and nutritional value, in Indonesia still depends on raw materials imported from outside, so rich in energy and protein with a balanced amino acid helps to better results and FCR. Also reduce the tolerance for specific antinutritional factors present in the oil
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