Dates’ remnants instead of imported maize to compose compound feed for poultry

Riyadh –

A recent scientific study recommended making use of dates’ remnants unfit for human consumption in varied percentages to compose poultry feed instead of imported maize.

Outcomes of the study, conducted by Dr. Ahmed Ahmed Khalifa, King Abdulaziz University, titled “Development and evaluation of some non-conventional local resources to compose compound feed for poultry” were encouraging when using unfit dates remnants, dried distillation grains along with their distilleries besides barley as an alternative to maize without adverse effects on birds’ meat quality.

The study, supported by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST),  focused on composing multi-purpose non-conventional feeds as well as evaluating their impacts on poultry performance both broilers and laying hens through conducting chemical and nutritional evaluations of available resources then  studying how to best use these resources in composing compound feed for poultry.

The study’s experiments emphasized using percentage up to 20% of dates’ remnant unfit for human consumption as well as 15-20 % of dried distillation grains with their imported distilleries without prejudice to the productive performance of birds in general, mortality rates or the quality of the meat or eggs , which consequently encourage to promote using these materials in support of the consumer and the national economy in the Kingdom to reduce reliance on maize and soybean whose prices are constantly increasing as a result of using these materials in generating  bio-fuels.

The study proved that about 60 – 70 % of production costs for animal and poultry production projects  are feeding costs  and an effective means to reduce the cost of feeding raw materials is replacing traditional animal and poultry feed by unconventional available materials.

The study recommended concentrating on farms and markets remnants including remnants of dates unfit for human consumption, feed outputs of wet corn milling, oils unfit for human consumption as well as reliance on barley as a source of energy along with localizing enzymes technology to make full use of these non-conventional nutrients in addition to commencing importing such materials available worldwide instead of the traditional materials.


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