Poultry International - June 2018 - 27
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Breeding companies have worked to make chicken
production more efficient, reducing demands on
when it took 3.2 kilograms of feed for a 1.36-kilogram
bird with a 2.35 FCR over the same time span.
Another benefit is in the area of land use. As
the global population continues to swell, agricultural land will become more and more limited.
With a lower FCR, less land will be needed to
grow feed. The grain not used for poultry feed
can be used for other purposes, and the land can
be repurposed for other crops.
As an example, a breeding gain of 2 points in
FCR has translated to land savings of about 1.6
million acres (0.656 million hectares) per year.
That is twice the size of Luxembourg.
The important conclusion is that poultry's naturally lower resource consumption, coupled with
innovative breeding efficiencies, means fewer
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resources are required to produce an increasing
volume of high-quality chicken meat.
Sustainable food for the future
Through dedicated, consistent and balanced
breeding programs, more efficient and healthier
birds can now be grown in a responsible way that is
less demanding on resources and kinder to the planet. Chicken is the best solution to feed our growing
communities with quality protein, and is the sustainable option for the foreseeable future. ■
Jan Henriksen is CEO of Aviagen
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