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Nutritional developments: What is next?

Smith, P.

When I was asked if I would speak about future nutritional trends effecting the poultry industry, I thought “WOW, I don’t have a crystal ball”. Anyways, I have been around a good while, and I have seen a lot of changes in how birds are grown. Certainly, the biggest factor improving live performance and carcass yield has been through genetic selection by the primary breeders. Also, improvements in housing, equipment, and overall environmental management have been huge factors in allowing broilers to reach their genetic potential.

Feed formulation has adjusted as the bird’s nutrient requirements have changed and feed ingredient availability and cost are constantly changing. The presentation will cover some possible future nutritional developments in poultry nutrition.