Cracking the code to longevity: The revolution of long-life layer production

The egg industry is undergoing significant transformations, setting ambitious targets for production efficiency and sustainability. Recent outbreaks of avian influenza have led to a reduction in the number of hens, further challenging the industry to enhance its efficiency and sustainability. The ability to produce 500 eggs over 100 weeks requires holistic considerations, and nutritional support…

Optimal gilt management ensures optimal lifetime performance

Sows serve as integral components within the dynamic framework of a piggery. Their pivotal role involves the proficient and precise generation of the next cohort of porkers or breeding animals. This process is executed through a nuanced understanding of porcine biology, effectively incorporating scientific principles into breeding practices to ensure optimal lifetime performance. The role…

Trace mineral transfer from hen, to egg, to chick: At last, seeing the big picture

Throughout this series, we have looked at the phases in which trace minerals play a vital role in almost all metabolic processes surrounding a broiler breeder hen’s reproductive cycle, including promoting the performance of her progeny. Given their importance, it is imperative that the animal is supplemented with trace minerals in a highly bioavailable form…

Trace mineral transfer from hen, to egg, to chick: Broiler health and performance

As discussed in the preceding articles in this series, the hen deposits nutrients, including minerals, into the egg and eggshell during egg formation. If the hen consumes highly bioavailable minerals, the minerals are deposited at a higher rate and the egg contains more minerals that are then available to the embryo. The developing embryo will…

Trace mineral transfer from hen, to egg, to chick: Visualising the cycle

The links between parental nutrition, reproduction efficiency, and offspring health have long been established and studied. As early as the 1930s, researchers identified, and in the 1950s started treating, the prevalence of neonatal swayback in newborn lambs caused by copper deficiency in grazing pastures. Today, it is well known that essential trace minerals play a…

How Zinpro is different … and better

by Dr Chris Reinhardt If we could get trace minerals into the animal’s cells at a greater rate than by just feeding conventional inorganic trace minerals alone, animal health and performance can be radically enhanced. Not all cells throughout an animal’s body have the same trace mineral requirements, and the requirements within a given cell…

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