Livestock Feeding Systems

Our focus over the past 10 - 12 years were on lowering the feed cost for poultry (chicken broilers and layers), pig and inland fish production by investigating local feed resources as replacement for more expensive imported ingredients.

A recently concluded ACIAR funded project - Mini Feed Mill - had further investigated the development of cheap balanced diets for the monogastric sector and the feasibility of small scale regional feed mills to manufacture diets based mainly local feed resources rather than imported ingredients. Previous research had identified that there would be a significant reduction in costs when poultry diets are manufactured by mini mills using local feed ingredients. The project achieved the following major outputs: