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on August 28, 2017

Sustainable poultry production driving industry advances

Poultry producers, already leading in some areas of environmental sustainability, will face growing pressure to minimize their impact as demand for meat continues and eggs intensifies

Broiler and egg producers are facing growing demand for animal protein, but they are also under pressure to be more environmentally sustainable and transparent.

Read the entire report about sustainable poultry production exclusively in the September issue of Poultry International.

Sustainable production in its broadest sense interlinks three dimensions – environmental, social and economic, and companies and policymakers have placed varying emphases on each of these strands.

Within the poultry industry, many companies have already made significant progress in reducing environmental footprints and greening their businesses. However, as demand for animal protein increases, reducing or stabilizing environmental impacts will become more important but harder to achieve, meaning that even businesses with advanced sustainability policies will need to constantly review them.

Poultry genetics businesses have made significant progress in developing birds that make better use of the resources expended on them. The modern broiler or layer is a very different bird from that of only a few decades ago, with better livability, improved growth and feed conversion rates, and higher yields, be it for meat or eggs.

Continued progress will also occur in nutrition, both from the perspective of bird genetics and from a deeper understanding of nutrition itself. As technology develops, it may be possible to include ingredients in diets that, to date, have not proved feasible or economical, and that can be locally sourced. Technological developments should also allow nutrition to be better aligned over the entire growing or laying period.

Sophisticated house management systems, able to control environments and feed and optimize performance, require investment, possibly beyond small producers. Such systems not only regulate inputs but also alert producers to problems.

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This is the ninth article in WATT Global Media’s 100-year anniversary series, which considers the future of poultry processing. The next article in the series will explore industry structure.

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