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Enhancing feed and water management

The nutritional quality, safety and delivery of feed in the optimal form are crucial to supporting a healthy and regulated feed intake. Equally important is ensuring excellent quality in water, representing the largest component of the layer’s consumption. Water plays a key role in egg composition, thermoregulation and as a carrier for additives (medication, supplements, etc).

Mycotoxin control

Optimal mycotoxin risk management measures are needed to protect egg production and health of layers.

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Ensuring water quality for layers

Water, the most important, yet the most neglected nutrient, has a tremendous impact on animal performance. In fact, most animals drink about twice as much as they eat, making the microbiological quality of water crucial to their overall health. We recommend a comprehensive biosecurity and farm management programme that starts with good water at the source and ensures hygienic conditions throughout the water system.

Feed hygiene

Animal feed is perpetually at risk of being spoiled or contaminated by pathogenic microbes such as SalmonellaE.coli, mould and yeasts. Signs of contaminated feed include clumped particles, off odours and changes in colour. Poor feed hygiene can lead to reduction of the energy as well as the vitamins A, D3, E, K and B1 available to the animal; in case of mould palatability can be reduced. To help control the quality of feed, a laboratory analysis can be performed to quantify the level of spoilage organisms in the animal feed.

Getting the feed formulation right

Feed formulation for layer pullets and hens requires nutrients for maintenance and performance and as importantly, to ensure growth and consistent, high-quality eggs. In practice, layers are fed a different diet throughout their lives, based on the changing needs of the production cycle. For example, many breeders increase nutrient levels in the pre-lay diet. The mineral content of a layer’s diet, including sufficient amounts of calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P), is also key to supporting optimal egg formation and eggshell quality. Concepts such as split-feeding are aimed at improving shell quality and reducing feed costs and excretion of nutrients.

Assessing raw material quality

The quality of the raw materials in feed is a crucial part of formulating a consistent, high-quality diet that provides the essential nutrients for optimal health, layer performance and egg quality, benefitting the economic performance of the layer flock.

But with the increased number of new feed ingredients available, of variable quality, it can be a true challenge to assess raw material quality.

Using both proven and new feed analysis methods, we can help formulate the optimal diet for layers, based on accurate data on protein content, Ca:P ratio, energy and even mycotoxins.

Optimising minerals in layer’s diets

Trace minerals like zinc, copper and manganese are essential to the growth and development of layer hens. Providing trace minerals in the wrong form and amount – either too low or too high – could negatively impact a layer’s productivity. Achieving consistent delivery of an optimised level of trace minerals will support multiple essential functions for layers, including the production and quality of eggs, reproduction and embryo development, immune and oxidative response and health.

Our offering in supporting feed and water management

Selko-pH

Selko-pH

Selko-pH effectively reduces the pH of water. In this way, Selko-pH supports improved digestibility of diet components and maintains a stable intestinal microbiota. This results in healthy animals with optimal performance.

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Microbial Risk Management Programme

Microbial Risk Management Programme

Integrated and customised feed farm health approach.

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Salmonella Control Programme

Salmonella Control Programme

An integrated and holistic approach provides a solid basis to protect the birds from Salmonella.

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Trace Mineral Optimisation Programme

Trace Mineral Optimisation Programme

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NutriOpt Actionable Insights (Nutritional profiling and advice)

NutriOpt Actionable Insights (Nutritional profiling and advice)

Through our nutritional profiling and advice, we ensure that healthy, safe and sustainable raw materials are used for the production of animal feeds. This will help in making better-informed decisions, backed up by accurate data.

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NutriOpt Optimal Diets (Split-feeding)

NutriOpt Optimal Diets (Split-feeding)

The split-feeding programme is an innovative approach towards feeding birds. It aims to feed different nutrients at different times of the day. Split-feeding improves shell quality, reduces feed costs and excretion of nutrients.

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Pre-peak

Pre-peak

This tailor made feeding programme aims for an optimal supply of nutrients during the pre-peak period of layers. This approach aims to increase profitiable egg production and lower production costs.

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Formulation service

Formulation service

The formulation services at Trouw Nutrition are developed to fine-tune current feeding strategies on the farm and develop new formulation strategies. The best feed formulation will make farms more profitable and sustainable.

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Healthy egg production starts with safe, high-quality feed and water.