A.S. Series 76-7
Numerous studies, including several at this station, have shown that the layer type pullet can utilize diets as low as 10% protein during the later growing stages without affecting their subsequent reproductive performance. Frequently, these types of diets are rather bulky and therefore do not work properly in mechanical feeding systems. This year's study involved the use of 3 12% protein, 2825 Kcal diet that was supplemented with methionine and/or lysine to the NRG recommended levels. A fourth diet utilized dehulled oats as its major ingredient. Ten percent alfalfa and 2% yellow grease were used in each diet to help eliminate cannibalism and dust problems. Table 1 shows the composition of these diets.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Nelson, R. A. and Carlson, C. W., "Low Protein Grower and Layer Diets and Their Effects on Reproductive Performance" (1976). South Dakota Poultry Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1976. 8.