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5 > Image 5 of Kentucky farm and home science, vol. 1 No. 2 fall 1955

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

Simplified rations plus legume * range show possibilities as . g poultry researchers seek key to e y t in P d ` L C E PO llClI1g OW- OS ggS i 1 ' By ]()HN BEGIN [ Poultry farmers are constantly concerned with re- on a natural or wild type range and divided into _ A ducing costs of production, especially now because of four groups. Three groups were fed an 18-percent __ high feed prices. Essential in producing low-cost eggs protein range ration and a mixture of whole corn and _; is to raise healthy, sturdy pullets and bring them oats freechoice. The fourth received only the corn into production at the lowest possible cost. This was and oat mixture and steamed bonemeal. The feed the purpose of two experiments conducted at the for all birds was available in hoppers, and the birds Robinson Substation. had access to pasture at all times. They were housed yy The studies were made to determine (1) if it would in the laying house when approximately 20 weeks be practical to use a simple, cheap grain mixture old, and then all birds were fed the same 2()percent f along with a mineral supplement instead of a more protein laying mash and grain mixture free-choice. complex type of ration, and (:2) if this plan would In respect to production, the most significant dif- i produce the type of pullet necessary for most efficient ference between the birds was in the percentage of Ggg pf0lU0ti011- eggs laid during the high-eggprice months of Sep- T! The Pf0ll10tl011l>1`l New HH1`f1PSl1i1 chicks used tember through December. During that period the A W1` brooded lll1d1' SiH1il&1 00Hditi0HS, and {OY the pullets which had received the mash and grain out- K fi1St 8 Wl A ; r a \* it K `y ` if {yi ~J 2 ' , { . Y " 'JH i * M . ( V2"} ,4 C _ d H I ; _ 5 ri hr V it ., v ,ettmg stur y pu ets suci as * V , { . ~i . A these off to lowcost produc- _ , if In _V'> [_ V V)>>*" A `s tion is the poultrymans goal. wi , s ; ' M. &#<* A W _ { yr _ 4 . r _ " fi ( ..... t .- * 2- * ,1, ,f`j_"_ I. QT'- .... ~ ___ V ' >~**. " . .. __ _ .... I,- .1 .... ,,. ._;.. ,, ,.1, .,,. ...4..,, _,_.. __. , _ * ``` j.( it - { Il ; Kr;NrUcr

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