Effect of feed protein content and ventilation rate on litter quality in broiler houses

Jenny Löffel, Kris De Baere, Johan Zoons, Filip Barbé, Luc Maertens

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    During three production cycles, effects of the dietary crude protein (CP) content on litter quality and footpad lesions were studied in the grower (day 11 – 29: 21.0 vs. 19.0% CP) and in the finisher diet (day 30-37: 20.0 vs. 18.0% CP). Broilers were housed in two identical experimental houses, each divided in two large compartments of 300 m² allowing to study additionally the effect of two ventilation curves (normal vs. higher minimum ventilation). Each compartment was subdivided in four units so that in each flock 8 groups of 1,500 birds per diet were used.
    The high CP content resulted in more wet droppings. This corresponds with the higher water/feed ratio (1.82 vs. 1.71), less friable litter, lower dry matter content of the litter and more footpad lesions (26.0 vs. 4.5% moderate or severe lesions on day 36, P<0.01). Effects of the ventilation schemes were only distinct in the winter. A higher minimum ventilation in winter period resulted in less footpad lesions (20.3 vs. 47.9% lesions on day 36, P<0.01). These results demonstrate that litter quality can be improved by using adequate management and diet composition.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    TitelProceedings XXIV World's Poultry Congress 2012
    Aantal pagina’s4
    Volume68 supplement 1
    Plaats productieBahia
    UitgeverijWorld's Poultry Science Association
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 6-aug.-2012
    Evenement24th World’s Poultry Congress (2012) - Bahia, Brazilië
    Duur: 5-aug.-20129-aug.-2012


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