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Poultry feed study shows benefits of phytase

Monday 17 March 2014 10:04

Scientists say adding high levels of a special enzyme to chick feed could save the industry millions of pounds each year.

A study by Nottingham Trent University found that adding high levels of phytase to rapeseed meal could create a cheap, home-grown protein source.

They say the alternative chick feed is just as nutritious for broiler chicks as soya bean, which is widely used, more expensive and imported from the USA.

Rapeseed meal is about £100/t cheaper than soya bean, but contains higher levels of anti-nutritional factors, which can reduce bird health and performance.

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