Increasing performance through good bacterial control in both broilers and layers, improving egg shell quality and reducing bacterial loading on the farm were some of the key issues covered at a series of meetings with Turkish egg producers.
These were undertaken by leading UK natural animal feed additive manufacturer Optivite and their long standing Turkish distributor Ekol.
In recent years Turkey has always been ranked near or in the global top ten producing countries for chicken meat and egg production. The Turkish Statistical Institute reports that egg production has increased by 10 per cent over past 12 months to 1.4 billion units and the number of slaughtered chicken is up 2.8 per cent over same period.
“We were delighted to be able to advise Turkish farmers on how best to improve the performance on their farms and overcome their current challenges,” said Optivite’s director of technical support Richard Remmer. “Products like Optimax, a concentrated antibacterial that aids animal performance by reducing the bacterial burden in the feed and birds’ environment and Optimise, which incorporates proven nsp enzyme and phytase synergy and can lead to major reductions in feed costs and drier litter, can significantly help egg producers.”
The presentations were to representatives of several layer farms in the central Konya region and to a number of broiler integrators in Adana on the southern central Mediterranean coast; Tuna Sevgi the local Ekol Sales Manager explained that here climate and heat are important factors to be considered.
In addition to the Optivite presentations, Prof Hasan Kutlu from Cukurova University gave a presentation on the importance of balanced nutrient levels for egg quality and the impact the contamination of feedstuffs with mycotoxins. This he explained can lead to lower egg shell quality, blood and meat spots and a creamy yolk.