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Economic impact of decreasing stocking densities in broiler production in Belgium

Ann Verspecht UGent, Filiep Vanhonacker UGent, Wim Verbeke UGent, J Zoons and Guido Van Huylenbroeck UGent (2011) POULTRY SCIENCE. 90(8). p.1844-1851
abstract
Stocking density is a prominent topic in public debates on animal welfare and was one of the reasons for the European Commission to set limits to the stocking density on broiler farms. The objective of this paper was to calculate in detail the financial impact of changes in technical and management variables due to decreasing stocking densities in line with new European Union (EU) regulations. Therefore, the productive performance indicators such as BW, mortality, or feed conversion and farm technical data such as water consumption and heating of 3 independent experiments conducted at a poultry research station in Flanders (Belgium) were combined. Using the partial budget technique only those elements that change with stocking density have been taken into account. Reducing stocking density implies a recalculation of all costs on a reduced number of birds. This yields an economic situation that leaves hardly any profit margin for most of the broiler producers under the present market conditions. It was found that the critical threshold of stocking density for maintaining profitability under the present market and technical conditions is around 46 kg/m(2), thus well above the EU maximum of 42 kg/m(2). It is shown, however, that with changing broiler feed and meat prices, the impact might be less negative in economic terms.
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broiler performance, economic analysis, stocking density, YIELD, SILAGE, GROWTH, CHICKENS, MANAGEMENT, BEHAVIOR, PERFORMANCE, WELFARE
journal title
POULTRY SCIENCE
Poult. Sci.
volume
90
issue
8
pages
1844 - 1851
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000292688900029
JCR category
AGRICULTURE, DAIRY & ANIMAL SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
1.728 (2011)
JCR rank
9/54 (2011)
JCR quartile
1 (2011)
ISSN
0032-5791
DOI
10.3382/ps.2010-01277
language
English
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A1
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1889180
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1889180
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2011-08-16 15:22:55
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  abstract     = {Stocking density is a prominent topic in public debates on animal welfare and was one of the reasons for the European Commission to set limits to the stocking density on broiler farms. The objective of this paper was to calculate in detail the financial impact of changes in technical and management variables due to decreasing stocking densities in line with new European Union (EU) regulations. Therefore, the productive performance indicators such as BW, mortality, or feed conversion and farm technical data such as water consumption and heating of 3 independent experiments conducted at a poultry research station in Flanders (Belgium) were combined. Using the partial budget technique only those elements that change with stocking density have been taken into account. Reducing stocking density implies a recalculation of all costs on a reduced number of birds. This yields an economic situation that leaves hardly any profit margin for most of the broiler producers under the present market conditions. It was found that the critical threshold of stocking density for maintaining profitability under the present market and technical conditions is around 46 kg/m(2), thus well above the EU maximum of 42 kg/m(2). It is shown, however, that with changing broiler feed and meat prices, the impact might be less negative in economic terms.},
  author       = {Verspecht, Ann and Vanhonacker, Filiep and Verbeke, Wim and Zoons, J and Van Huylenbroeck, Guido},
  issn         = {0032-5791},
  journal      = {POULTRY SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {broiler performance,economic analysis,stocking density,YIELD,SILAGE,GROWTH,CHICKENS,MANAGEMENT,BEHAVIOR,PERFORMANCE,WELFARE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {1844--1851},
  title        = {Economic impact of decreasing stocking densities in broiler production in Belgium},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3382/ps.2010-01277},
  volume       = {90},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Verspecht, Ann, Filiep Vanhonacker, Wim Verbeke, J Zoons, and Guido Van Huylenbroeck. 2011. “Economic Impact of Decreasing Stocking Densities in Broiler Production in Belgium.” Poultry Science 90 (8): 1844–1851.
APA
Verspecht, A., Vanhonacker, F., Verbeke, W., Zoons, J., & Van Huylenbroeck, G. (2011). Economic impact of decreasing stocking densities in broiler production in Belgium. POULTRY SCIENCE, 90(8), 1844–1851.
Vancouver
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Verspecht A, Vanhonacker F, Verbeke W, Zoons J, Van Huylenbroeck G. Economic impact of decreasing stocking densities in broiler production in Belgium. POULTRY SCIENCE. 2011;90(8):1844–51.
MLA
Verspecht, Ann, Filiep Vanhonacker, Wim Verbeke, et al. “Economic Impact of Decreasing Stocking Densities in Broiler Production in Belgium.” POULTRY SCIENCE 90.8 (2011): 1844–1851. Print.