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Poultry Farming , ready to make a new source of income?

Chris Davies
Chris Davies
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Poultry Farming has proven to be a profitable job, so you may be ready to make a new source of income. Poultry farming means promoting different types of national birds commercially for the use of meat, eggs, and feather creation. Poultry products are among the leading source of animal protein, apart from beef, meat, and food. Chickens are already the intrinsic part of human experience. Small scale poultry industry fulfill the animal food requirement for the home. The large scale or technical basis poultry farming provides the opportunity for these people to make a large sum of money.

Poultry farming is going to cost you a lot of money. There are lots of initial investments that you need to make such as land, building the poultry house, buying the poultry equipment, and sourcing your first flock. Then there are the ongoing costs such as the cost of feeding. “Changing in commodity prices for poultry feed has a direct effect on the cost of doing business in the poultry industry. For instance, a significant rise in the price of corn in the United States can put significant economic pressure on large industrial chicken farming operations” (Starkey). This puts the effect of how much poultry farmers have to spend on raising the poultry and how much they put the poultry up for the market.

Poultry farmers have to provide land for their poultry. Approximately 3 acres is required to grow feed for about 1000 broilers per year

Poultry farmers have to buy a specific type of food for their poultry. Poultry consumes a feed of high-value which depends on arable land as their need for nutrition is mainly met by arable crops. The production of poultry rely on mainly feed concentrates. In view of this, their actual environmental effects are related to production out of the farm and feed concentrates delivery on-farm. With regard to the effect of climate change on consumed primary energy, ruminants are approximately 50% higher than chicken production. “Farming of chickens on an industrial scale relies largely on high protein feeds derived from soybeans; in the European Union, the soybean dominates the protein supply for animal feed” (Fao.org).  and the poultry industry is the largest consumer of such feed. “Two kilograms of grain must be fed to poultry to produce 1 kg of weight gain,” (Brown). “much less than that required for pork or beef” (Adler & Lawler). “However, for every gram of protein consumed, chickens yield only 0.33 g of edible protein” (Lovell).

Works Cited

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  • “Protein Sources For The Feed Industry” Fao.org May 3, 2002.
  • Lester R. Brown (2003). “Chapter 8. Raising Land Productivity: Raisins protein efficiency”. Plan B: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. NY: W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN 0-393-05859-X
  • Adler, Jerry; Andrew (June 2012). “How the Chicken Conquered the World”. Smithsonian. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  •  Lovell, Tom (1998). Nutrition and feeding of fish. Springer p. 9. ISBN 978-0-412-07701-2.
  • Regenstein, Joe M., and R. Paul Singh. “Poultry Processing.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 15 Aug. 2018, www.Britannica.com/technology/poultry-processing.
  • Lawrence, Felicity, and Andrew Wasley. “Revealed: the Dirty Secret of the UK’s Poultry Industry.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 23 July 2014, www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/23/-sp-revealed-dirty-secret-uk-poultry-industry-chicken-campylobacter.
  • Chew, Jonathan. “Ex-McDonald’s Suppliers Plead Guilty to Abusing Chickens.” Fortune, Fortune, 30 Oct. 2015, fortune.com/2015/10/30/mcdonalds-chicken-abuse/.
  • Ziegler-Ulsh, Melanie Bare and Christine, et al. “How to Establish a Small-Scale, Pastured Poultry Operation.” Rodale Institute, 25 Apr. 2019, rodaleinstitute.org/blog/how-to-establish-a-small-scale-pastured-poultry-operation/.
  • “How Long Do Chickens Lay Eggs?” Morning Ag Clips, 16 Apr. 2019, www.morningagclips.com/how-long-do-chickens-lay-eggs/.
  • Davies, Tish. “Pasture Chickens • Davies Family Farm.” Davies Family Farm, 26 June 2020, daviesfamilyfarm.com/chickens/.

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