Firm lists ways to successfully produce broilers
Broiler production has been described as one of the most rewarding businesses that ensure returns on investments if mortality of birds is avoided.Director of FDH AgroVet Ltd, Mr Femi Akinwale, during a launch of a poultry vaccine in Ibadan last week, said reduction or elimination of deaths of bird by taking precautionary steps would increase the number of birds surviving at the point of harvest.
He revealed this while listing ways to successfully raised broilers to meet up with rising demand for chickens, especially in urban areas.Coccidiosis, Akinwale added, is one of the most devastating poultry diseases causing losses to farmers by inflicting heavy mortalities on poultry farms.
This disease, he explained, could be prevented by vaccination of the broiler birds between one and seven days.According to the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), most poultry farmers had stopped doing the business because of disease outbreaks, high mortality rates and rising cost of production.
Presenting a new vaccine called Advent Coccidiosis Vaccine, the company said the preventive technological product is capable of giving farmers zero mortality rate if instructions are carefully followed.
Technical agent of HuvePharma, the manufacturer of the vaccine, Dr Gbenga Oluyemi, said coccidiosis poses a serious challenge in the poultry industry all over the world, with a burden worth over $3 billion annually.
Giving further advice to farmers at the public presentation of the vaccine, Akinwale urged that farmers should use vaccine in no more than three consecutive batches of birds on a farm to avoid building up resistance to the vaccine. He suggested that chemical based veterinary medicines be used after the third batch of broilers on a particular farm. And thereafter, farmers should shift back to vaccination, and vice versa.Poultry farmers were also urged to avoid sharp practices, and use vaccination appropriately to minimise use of antibiotics.
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