Pelleting rations for chickens and turkeys has been shown to increase the rate of gain and improve feed efficiency. A primary effect of pelleting is to increase the density of the feed, thus allowing greater feed intake and consequently an increase in rate of growth and efficiency of feed utilization. This effect of pelleting is very important, especially with higher fiber feeds (low density) in which the performance is limited by the amounts of feed intake, The pelleting process also has been shown to increase availability of nutrients such as starch, fat, etc. With the recent interest in sunflower meal availability, consideration of its use in turkey diets needs to be given; however, a big concern would be the calculated need for the considerable lysine supplementation.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Hassibi, M.; Carlson, C. W.; and Luther, R. M., "Pelleting A Corn-Soy Diet Containing Wheat Bran And The Lysine Requirement On Corn-Sunflower Diets" (1984). South Dakota Poultry Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1984. 12.