Asian Agribiz streamed the second session of Layer Feed Quality Conference 2022 on Wednesday, May 18. Led by Chris Cobacha, Animal Nutrition Specialist at CDC Nutrition, it offered participants some tips on how to turn a profit as ingredient prices rise. Read below for some highlights.
Alternative feeding methods offer benefits to layers
Alternative feeding methods have benefits for layers, said David Cadogan, Technical Manager at Feedworks, Australia. They can improve efficiency, optimize production, and increase eggshell quality. Based on his research, all methods must provide a source of calcium (Ca) in the right form at the required time of day. “In choice feeding, you provide separate feeders containing an energy source, a protein/mineral concentrate, and a source of Ca. In loose mix feeding, one feed contains the whole grain mix, protein/mineral, and calcium. Split feeding (AM/PM) involves feeding two different diets during the day,” he explained.
AM/PM feeding is the best alternative feeding method
AM/PM or split feeding seems to be the best alternative feeding method for laying hens, said Dr Cadogan. Among the advantages of split feeding include reducing the feed intake by 5-6% or 6-7 g/hen/day and production cost, as well as improving FCR, egg production, and egg quality. “AM/PM feeding is much easier to implement, has the potential to reduce fatty liver and other health problems, and significantly reduces feed costs up to USD 45,000 per 50,000 birds/year,” he said.