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IN ORDER FOR LAYING farms to remain commercially
viable, strategies need to be found to improve the
economics of production.
Improving the economics of
'cage-free' egg production
Cage-free eggs are becoming a commodity, representing
more than 50 percent of the market in countries like
Germany and the U.K. In order for laying farms to remain
commercially viable, strategies need to be found to
improve the economics of production.
For longer laying cycles to be viable, diets need to
be developed to meet the specific requirements of birds
in late lay. It is then possible to improve lay persistency

and egg quality while potentially reducing feed costs. A
split feeding program that meets the dynamic requirements of egg formation can lower the total nutrient
intake. Birds need to remain healthy throughout from a
production and welfare point of view - particularly if
their laying life is extended. Welfare, which ultimately
affects productivity, also needs careful consideration.
The use of strategies such as free-choice fiber sources,
will also have an important role to play in future cagefree hen management. ■

Zoe Kay is an independent consultant providing technical services to the animal health and nutrition industry. She
can be reached at cuckooconsulting@gmail.com.

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Egg Industry - May 2019
7 cage-free layer nutrition issues that require attention
Feeding for success in cage-free egg production
Top Egg Company trends, statistics and predictions
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