MU Researcher Finds Cheaper Way to Fatten Turkeys

7 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Friday, November 25 2011 Nov 25, 2011 Friday, November 25, 2011 6:29:29 AM CST November 25, 2011 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA - Fattening turkeys doesn't have to be as expensive as it is now.

That's the finding of a researcher at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia. Professor Jeff Firman has studied the amino acid requirements needed for turkeys to gain weight.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that he found that the birds don't need as much protein as they typically get.

He says that reducing protein makes costs come down. Firman tested a mix using an increased amount of cheap grains and fewer proteins on 800 turkeys. He found that the birds still met health targets and reached market weight in 18 to 21 weeks.

He says that adopting the feeding patterns could help the industry save more than $100 million.

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