An analysis of the cost effectiveness of replacing maize with wheat offal in broiler finisher diets
Increasing the level of inclusion of agro-industrial by-products in poultry diets formulation that will not adversely affect growth performance but enhancing feed cost reduction have been the major concern of researchers. In this study the cost effectiveness of using wheat offal to replace maize at 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 percent levels in broiler finisher diets was assessed. The result indicates that, wheat offal can replace maize in broiler finisher diets at 25 percent level without adversely affecting growth performance. At this level of wheat offal inclusion, feed cost per ton would be reduced by about 13.2% of the cost of the control diet. That is, for every ton of broiler finisher produced, about N5,010.00 would be saved when 25 per cent of wheat offal replaces maize. Therefore replacing maize with wheat offal at this level is very cost effective.
Keywords: Broiler, cost-effectiveness, finisher diet, wheat offal
JOAFSS Vol. 4 (1) 2006: pp. 32-36