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Biochar improves meat quality of chicken, under intensive production conditions

Updated: Apr 17



Chicken is a very popular meat and as a result of that, intensive farming produces a great deal of what is on offer. With people wanting to pay less and eat more the producers are under economic pressures too, and with 70 - 75% of the production cost being their feed, any impact to that can impact chicken availability.


The goal of this study is to improve chicken carcasses and reduce feed cost. The core element of this experiment are the food additives and I will briefly cover the relevant points to this:

Additives to the chicken food improve feed conversation and poultry health, this is food to sustenance and therefore growth and development, and better poultry health is good not just for the chickens but for costs too.


Minerals are an important part of the food additives, improving the chickens digestions and metabolic processes.


Additional depth

Minerals are also a catalyst for many enzymatic processes, and part of hundreds of molecules involved in intermediary metabolism, hormone secretion, antibacterial effects and immune defence.


The result of this: minerals contribute to growth, meat quality and the chickens appetite (under intensive production for this article).


Minerals usually supplemented with inorganic salts to this purpose.


Observation from the study

The amount of weight loss of the meat under standard conditions was less with high Biochar + mineral supplement. The meat redness was higher under these conditions also.


Conclusion

Biochar can replace mineral supplements due to its composition.


Additional depth

Due to the presence of humid substances and mineral elements in the Biochar’s composition


Optimal ration

75% biochar and 25% mineral supplement had the most impact on these two observations.


Sources

Kashef, M., Afsharmanesh, M., & Salarmoini, M. (2022). Effect of the substitution of different levels of Biochar with mineral premix in diet on growth performance variables, meat quality and bone ash of broiler.


Keywords

#biochar #minerals #farming #supplements #meat #chicken

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