Feed Strategy - January 2018 - 22
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THE NCC ESTIMATES
45 to 50 percent of
the US ﬂock is on
Of the 43 percent of medically important antimicrobials sold and distributed in the United States, only 6 percent was intended for chickens.
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-antibiotics-ever
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POULTRY PRODUCTION'S REAL FEED COSTS
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 of
the bird - and that begins at the breeder house through to
the grow-out farm.
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 slow-growing birds and cagefree 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
"We can't speak to all slower-growing breeds, but we
estimate that our costs will increase about 25 percent,"
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