Increasing performance through bacterial control in broilers and layers, improving egg shell quality and reducing bacterial loading on farms were some of the issues covered at a series of meetings with Turkish egg producers. United Kingdom-based, natural animal feed additive manufacturer Optivite and its Turkish distributor, Ekol, hosted the meeting.

In recent years Turkey has 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 percent over the past 12 months to 1.4 billion units and the number of slaughtered chicken is up 2.8 percent 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."

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The presentations were given 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, Ekol's area sales manager, explained that climate and heat are important factors to be considered in this part of the world.

In addition to the Optivite presentations, Professor Hasan Kutlu from Cukurova University gave a presentation on the importance of balanced nutrient levels for egg quality and the impact of mycotoxin contamination on feed. This, he explained, can lead to lower egg shell quality, blood and meat spots and a creamy yolk.