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Vets Emphasize Quality, Not Quantity In Poultry Feeds

by Wangah Wanyama
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By Francis Emukule

 Dr. Rogers Sekiwunga trains harvest money goers in poultry farming

At the eighth edition of the Harvest Money Expo, Dr. Ssekiwunga Rogers, a renowned veterinary doctor, underscored a critical aspect of poultry farming often overlooked by farmers: the quality of feed over quantity. Addressing a gathering of farmers, Dr. Rogers highlighted that while farmers typically focus on increasing feed intake to enhance bird growth, it’s the nutrient composition that truly matters. “Birds will consume more feed when it lacks essential nutrients, leading to inefficiencies in growth,” Dr. Rogers explained. “It’s about providing the right balance of nutrients, not just filling their feeders.”

According to Dr. Ssekiwunga, the recommended daily feed intake for poultry stands at 115 grams. However, he stressed the importance of structuring poultry houses appropriately to optimise bird health and productivity. “Farmers must understand the standard design requirements of poultry housing,” he emphasised. “Proper ventilation and sunlight exposure are crucial factors in preventing diseases and promoting healthy development.”

Dr. Ssekiwunga further advised against shortcuts in poultry management, cautioning farmers against heeding advice from non-experts. “Following expert advice and adhering to recommended practices is paramount,” he urged. “From feed selection to deworming protocols, every aspect demands careful attention for optimal results.”

In addition to feed quality, Dr. Rogers emphasised the significance of clean water in poultry farming, particularly during vaccination periods. “Water cleanliness is non-negotiable, especially around vaccination times,” he stressed. “While tap water suffices for regular use, it’s advisable to opt for purified water during vaccinations.”

Furthermore, Dr. Ssekiwunga shared insights on optimising feeding equipment, favouring round feeders for their efficiency and ease of cleaning. “Round feeders not only conserve feed but also minimise the risk of infections,” he noted. “Their design ensures better access for chicks and simplifies maintenance.” He reiterated the importance of prioritising nutrient quality, proper housing, and management practices in poultry farming. “By focusing on these fundamentals, farmers can ensure healthier flocks and improved productivity,” he affirmed, urging a shift from quantity-centric approaches to nuanced, quality-focused strategies in poultry nutrition and management.

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