Feed Strategy - July 2018 - 6
6 ❙ FeedStrategy
Hen dietary considerations for
improving egg quality
The amount of saleable eggs produced per hen becomes even more
important as cycle lengths increase along with a move toward cage free.
Along with nutrition, genetics and
management have important roles to play
in ensuring the proﬁtability of the egg
industry. KariHoglund | iStockPhoto.com
roducing a quality egg is
not only about keeping the
customer happy but ensuring that laying hen flocks are profitable. Eggs will be downgraded
if they are dirty, cracked or misshapen and therefore command a
lower price as eggs for processing.
Shell breakage is the cause of 80
to 90 percent of downgraded eggs.
The number of cracked eggs will
also depend much on the way
they are collected, manually or
mechanically, and also by which
kind of housing system they were
Shell quality declines as the
flock ages and there are more
downgrades. The timing of depopulation is therefore dependant
on the cost of keeping hens versus
the value of eggs they are producing. With genetic advances and
investment in cage-free housing
systems, producers are looking to
extend laying cycles.
In order to ensure profitability, the amount of saleable eggs
per hen needs to be maximized.
As such, dietary support for
hens plays a key role in optimizing egg quality.
www.WATTAgNet.com ❙ July 2018