How to minimise the environmental impact of your farm’s operation
Potential challenges and reliable solutions
Poultry farming has an overall lower footprint than any other livestock farming. Nevertheless, the environmental impact of poultry production might be significant on poorly managed farms. The environmental impact of poultry production depends on numerous factors, such as housing systems, management practices and, of course, feed & nutrient management.
Agriculture is responsible for more than 80% of ammonia emissions, mainly from livestock farming. Ammonia emissions from poultry farms has been a hot topic over the last ten years or so. Governments around the world are adopting tougher regulations every day and poultry farmers face more and more restrictions to reduce ammonia output on their farms.
Adopting a practical strategy
The total amount of ammonia emitted from a poultry farm depends on a number of factors such as housing systems, management practices and, of course, feed & nutrition management. Adopting a proper strategy is the first step towards tackling excessive ammonia emissions on your farm and, within this strategy, nutrition management might be the most important factor. A practical nutrition management plan is one that provides both profitability and sustainability in poultry production.
Optimising nutrient intake and improving the nutrient utilization efficacy of the animal must be the key part of your nutrition management strategy.
Nutrition management improves the feed digestibility, and higher digestibility of nutrients, particularly proteins, may considerably reduce the ammonia precursors in poultry faeces.
Nutrition management also improves your bird’s feed conversion through optimal diet balancing and feeding regimes. It simply reduces the amount of feed consumed per unit of livestock product.
Potential challenges and reliable solution
Poultry farming has an overall lower footprint than other livestock farming...