New Feed Grains for Australia’s Chicken Meat Industry – Broiler Performance on Pearl Millet Based Diets

  • 39 pages

  • Published: 21 Sep 2009

  • Author(s): Singh, D N, Nagle, T A D, Trappett, P C

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Increase in feed prices and the real prospect of declining availability of grains for livestock in the future has stimulated research into finding alternative feed sources.
This RIRDC report evaluates pearl millet as a feed ingredient for broilers. It demonstrates the value of pearl millet grain in chicken meat production and establishes the optimum economic inclusion levels in diets of meat chickens as well as the effect of pearl millet on carcass yield. It also identifies pearl millet as a suitable, alternative, efficient and cost-effective feed source for the Australian meat chicken industry at a time when world feed demand is predicted to exceed supply in the near future.