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Poultry require a variety of nutrients for maintenance, health, growth, development and reproduction. The level and ratio of nutrients needed differs according to the species, age and productive state. This chapter breaks down the nutritional requirements of poultry, discusses a variety of feeds and feeding methods, and explains feed labels.

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5.2 Key ingredients used in complete poultry feeds. (a) Wheat grains. (b) Extracted and toasted soya bean meal.
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5.3 Different types of compound poultry feeds. (a) Meal (mash). (b) Crumbs. (c) Pellets.
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5.4 An example of a label for layer pellets. UFAS = Universal Feed Assurance Scheme; VMD = Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
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