The necessity of records cannot be overemphasized as a part of the broiler production program. Without careful records there is little indication of the economic progress of the flock.
A record system mustn’t contain excess and unnecessary information. The system must be well organized so that the access to information is quick and illuminating. Apart from the financial records, is the keeping of a few production records also important. Just as the financial records are an indication of where the difficulties lays in a business, is the production records of invaluable worth to solve production problems.
Records of expenditures are interesting, but more important; they should be studied following the sale of each flock so the grower may benefit from the additional knowledge gained. There are many kinds of records – some very fancy, some very simple. The simple records seem better if they still show the necessary detail.
For broiler production, these items are about all that are needed:
The number of chicks bought and their cost; the kilogram and price of feed, etc. the cash costs of other items such as medicines, vaccinations, repairs, new equipment, hired labour, disinfectants, litter, etc. and the number of birds sold, their weights and the price received.
Even though some flocks may have to be sold for less than their feed bills, there is something to be learned even from failures. These will help you to prevent the same mistake next time. In this connection, many growers keep a mortality record sheet tacked on the disinfectant room door or some other handy place. Some supplement this information with a diary of happenings. Five years from now you won’t remember what made the great difference between flocks unless you have such records to fall back on.
On large flocks, mortality usually is figured as the number sold or slaughtered compared to the number ordered. This usually will be off about two chicks per hundred. However usually one or two percent of the chicks are dead upon arrival or die in a day or so. The extra chicks are included by the hatchery to assure that you will receive the number of live chicks ordered. Thus the average grower should rise to market age from 90 to 94 out of each 100 chicks ordered. An efficient operator usually will have mortality running consistently lower than 6 percent.
As EPEF and FCR still do not give us the information we require, in broadest terms our goal in broiler production is as follows:
Maximize the return per square meter of housing per unit time (Unit Profitability). Unfortunately, many broiler farmers do not keep accurate enough records to be able to calculate this figure.
Types of Broiler Records
Certain records must be compared with a set of standards if there is to be any assurance that the flock is as good as or better than average. There are three types of broiler records:
The most important parts of each record keeping system are given below:
Those Involved with Growing the Flock
1. Date broiler chicks started
2. House number and location
3. Number of chicks started (DOC)
4. Parent stock age
5. Source of chicks
6. Floor space per chick
7. Name of feed manufacturer
8. Type of feed used, including any medication
Daily record of:
Feed Consumption – must be noted as accurate as possible. The reason for feed consumption figures is to see whether there is a decrease in feed intake. Such a decrease can point to sickness or palatability problem.
Weekly record of
Final Record of
Kilogram of feed used per kilogram slaughtered
Feed conversion – it is important to know how much meat and other saleable products are produced with the quantity feed. This is calculated with the following equation: Total feed used during the cycle divided by the Total body weight produced.
EPEF – European Production Efficiency Factor can be determined as follows:
(Liveability X Ave Live weight) / (FCR X Ave Slaughter age) X 100
Those used for general management:
Those Involved with Determining Profit or Loss:
This record is a list of income and expenses connected with each group of birds and are primarily for the integrator, although the independent operator could use it. Income
Net profit or (loss)
Remember that there is little point in keeping records if you don’t use them.
For any other information regarding broiler records, Attie Venter can be contacted at 082 779 8329.
Date published: 2003-11-25