Improved profitability in poultry production with combination of genetics, nutrition and natural feed additives

Published on: 05/05/2017
Author/s : Robert Pottgueter / Lohmann Tierzucht GmbH Cuxhaven

Nowadays layer breeds show a steadily increasing persistency and prolonged lifetime production period. This is mainly due to genetic improvements but nevertheless, management and especially nutrition of the nowadays highly prolific layer birds need to ensure respectively support those benefits mentioned before.Modern layer hybrids are a four-line-cross with a long breeding history and show a very ...

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Khaled Fadlallah Khaled Fadlallah
Bsc in veterinary medicine
May 5, 2017

Thank you Dr.Robert Pottgueter for your article. What you said about pre-layer feed (quantity and timing) is that specific for Lohmann layers or for all types of layer flocks?

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Robert Pottgueter Robert Pottgueter
Diplom Agrar Engineer
May 5, 2017
The topic "correct use of prelay feed" is important for all high prolific layer breeds.
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May 8, 2017
Dear Dr.Robert Pottgueter,
Thanks for the article which gives a better insight on the crucial subject of optimum production in poultry.
Do you think that
1. In ovo nutrition
2. Neonatal nutrition
3. Benthic Algal Feed
can assist to achieve this goal?

Best Regards
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Robert Pottgueter Robert Pottgueter
Diplom Agrar Engineer
May 8, 2017
Probably yes - but I'm not sure and having no experience about these topics
Robert
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May 9, 2017
Dear Robert Pottgueter,

We were working on these new concepts and we seek your coordination.
On hearing your email id, I can forward our product profiles relating these.

Best Regards
Vijay
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Emmanuel Nwaotule Emmanuel Nwaotule
Higher Diploma In Animal Health and Husbandry
May 10, 2017

Many thanks, Doctor Roberts for this educative and informative discussion. My comment is on pre-lay feeds for layers. As a matter of fact, I worked with Lohmann breed of layers for many years as a poultry farm manager and I discover at 16 weeks and 4 days, the pullets dropped some eggs. Since we needed more eggs, we changed to complete layer ration. The production increased with more egg, but between 22-28 weeks we experienced mortalities due to prolapse. We tried all we could do to prevent this situation but to no avail. The cause being anatomical incompetence of these birds. We were forced to cull them before time in order to reduce our loses. In fact, pre-lay rations are very important to be maintained between 16 to 20 weeks. This would give room to the birds to be fully competent anatomically to lay without any problem.

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Robert Pottgueter Robert Pottgueter
Diplom Agrar Engineer
May 11, 2017
Dear friends, start of laying with underweight pullets might be the reason of what you describe - you say they are "being antomical incompetence" I fully agree on this. For nowadays high prolific layers one need to realize a very good rearing, means body on target in regard to age.
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Emmanuel Nwaotule Emmanuel Nwaotule
Higher Diploma In Animal Health and Husbandry
May 12, 2017

Thank you very much, Doctor Robert for this information.

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Mk Singh Mk Singh
Student
October 6, 2017

Thanks, Sir, for this educative and informative discussion. My query is about composition of developer and pre-lay feed.

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