Production

Production

Once in production, birds must be managed properly so male birds produce high quality semen, and female birds lay high quality eggs. Nutrition and lighting schedules each play an important role in helping your birds perform to full potential. After laying, eggs must be inspected and handled correctly to maximum hatching ability.

Male Management

Artificial insemination is a routine practice in the turkey breeder industry implemented in order to ensure high levels of fertility when performed by skilled staff. Male turkey management includes proper methods of efficient and welfare-friendly handling.

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Good quality semen can be identified by color and consistency. By collecting and identifying good quality semen, expected fertility rates can be achieved.

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Proper semen storage and handling are essential to avoid any significant drop in fertility or hatchability. Learn the best guidelines for the storage of top quality semen.

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A lighting program for toms that are ready for production includes specifications for hours of light and light intensity

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Female Management

Artificial Insemination is crucial to ensuring the production of fertile eggs. Learn the four key areas of focus to ensure successful insemination.

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An appropriate broody program will always be a good investment towards the profitability of a breeder flock. To manage this issue, broody prevention methods are more effective than trying to control broodiness after the fact.

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Eggs that are laid outside the nest pose a higher risk of bacterial contamination. Proper pre-lay conditioning of hens and nest training in the first weeks should prevent floor eggs.

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A lighting program for hens that have come into lay includes specifications for hours of light and light intensity that will stimulate egg production.

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We offer reproductive goals for parent stock products in our portfolio – Converter, Grade Maker and XL. This tool allows you to benchmark your flock against each product's genetic potential.

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Nutrition

During the production phase, nutrient guidelines aim to ensure maximum egg production and hatch from female birds and maximum semen production from male birds.

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When formulating your birds' diet, from rearing to production, it is important to consider vitamin and trace mineral supplementation

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From week 16 on, it is important that male breeder turkeys are monitored for weight control. Toms that are too heavy or too light will not perform to their full potential.

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Eggs

In any flock, hens will produce a small percentage of cull eggs (eggs that are not suitable for sale or incubation). Learn to identify a cull egg and how to reduce the incidence of cull eggs within an average parent stock hen flock.

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The hatchery depends on lay farms to provide quality fertile eggs. Learn the four key areas of focus for on-farm egg handling that will ensure top quality results, every time.

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Shell quality may be affected by physiological, nutritional, and mechanical factors. Good quality eggs will go on to hatch good quality poults.

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