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A simple formula for calculating exactly how much feed your flocks will consume. This tells you the actual number of bags needed - handy.
Layer feed consumption is arguably the most critical agribusiness metric when estimating poultry egg farming profit.
It comprises some 70% of the overall operational overhead.
Therefore accurately estimating the rate of layer hen feed consumption will play a very influential role in controlling the cost efficiency of your layer farm.
As this is a well known fact for most poultry farmers starting up, we (as poultry consultants) often get asked questions like:
Whilst we are always keen to answer each question via The Big Book Project with individual care and consideration…
…we find sometimes it add far greater value if we build a more sustainable solution to the problem.
In the case of layer feed consumption, we decided to put together this layer feed consumption calculator to assist you practically in making firmer plans.
Without further ado, as they say:
(!) But first, some house keeping before the main event…
*Want a look at the consumption figures in a chart or table, direct from source? Read the Hy-Line Management Guide.
This layer feed consumption calculation tool is purposed to give you the most accurate estimation for answering the following questions:
Before using this calculator – you will need to research & decide on the following:
One particularly useful application for this calculator would be to plan a feed buying schedule & budget for rearing a batch of layer birds from 1 day old chick to 72 week mature layer (beyond which they become a spent hen).
To do this, simply input your baseline figures for flock size, quantity of feed per bag and bag price – then run the figures from week 1 to 72 making note of calculated feed prices. A good hack for writing a solid project report.
This calculator can be used for calculating feed consumption for layer farms in ANY country: equally as accurate for a farm in South Africa as well as in India, for example.
Enjoy the calculator – feel free to leave your comments, or ask questions below.
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