November 6, 2008

                

Winter to pressurise poultry producers' margins
                   
 

There are concerns that poultry producers will have to face additional costs as winter descends across the northern hemisphere.

 

As winter moves in, poultry producers will have to provide more heat to keep their flocks warm, while ranchers will be concerned about forages that has become tainted due to the freeze.

 

The poultry industry will face rising production costs as more fuel will be used to keep flocks warm, said Susan Watkins, Extension poultry specialist for the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture.

 

Attempts to save costs by lowering heating would have a negative effect on bird health, weight and feed conversion, Watkins warned.