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Correct Early Lay Feeding for Lifetime Layer Performance

Correct Early Lay Feeding for Lifetime Layer Performance

By ABN Poultry Nutritionist John Round

Getting nutrition right is essential if good performance is to be achieved, and this is particularly important in early lay as it has a positive effect on both peak egg production and performance during the rest of lay.

It might be tempting to react to rising feed prices by switching to a lower specification feed to cut costs, but too often the result is a loss in production that’s far more expensive than any short-term savings in feed cost. A flock whose early nutrition has been compromised may peak well, but production will often drop below target shortly afterwards, typically at some stage between peak egg production (around 25 weeks of age) and peak egg mass, which is normally achieved closer to 35 weeks.

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