Joint innovation to create poultry moist feed

15-05-2014 | |
Joint innovation to create poultry moist feed
Joint innovation to create poultry moist feed

Roxell, Agrifirm and Bonda together developed Soliq, an innovative way of providing moist feed to commercial layers.

The three companies will jointly market this concept. The Soliq concept is based on moistening dry compound layer mash feed with a liquid layer premix. The result is an evenly mixed moist ration. Thanks to the moist, big and small grains in the ration easily stick to each other. As a result, the hens cannot select and pick the biggest grains from the ration any longer. So to say, no more “cherry-picking”. Thus, all the birds will have the same chance of getting what they need. Roxell developed a device through which the liquid layer premix is precisely dispensed into the compound feed. It can only be used in combination with the Bridolay spiral feeding system of Roxell, enabling the feed to thoroughly be mixed and distributed among the birds.

Uniform flocks

According to the partnering companies, moist feed is beneficial for the gastro-intestinal tract and health of the birds. This will lead to better development of the body and thus to more uniform and higher performing flocks. Field tests were carried out at the Agrifirm Innovation Center in The Netherlands. From the results it became clear that hens laid four more eggs on average throughout the laying period and they digested the feed more effectively. As a result, an advantage of €0.45 per housed hen was calculated. Tests on two layer farms in The Netherlands gave similar results.

Lower carbon footprint

Apart from the advantages mentioned, the three cooperating companies state that the Soliq system leads to a 5,1% lower carbon footprint, compared to traditional feeding regimes. This is based on the assumption that the Soliq ration contains 11% more co-products and 12% less soy.

After its introduction in The Netherlands and Belgium, the Soliq technology is supposed to also become available to other countries.

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Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor