Right feed – FCR – a key indicator for quality
In comparison with other animals, chicken is an excellent converter of feed to meat. Feed conversion ratio, FCR, measures the ratio between how many kilograms of feed is needed to produce one kilogram of live weight in the chicken.
For us and our contract growers feed quality and feed efficiency are very important and FCR is one of our most important indicators to measure and optimize chicken farming. Good FCR and good conditions in the chicken house goes hand in hand. Also optimal feed quality support the growth of healthy chickens and low fat meat.
Feed also constitutes the major cost for our farmers, as well as for the whole chicken value chain. In total, approximately 19 000 truckloads of feed, consisting of mainly wheat and soybean meal, are transported and eaten by our chickens every year. Improving feed efficiency therefore means less road and ocean transports, less farmland needed, less emissions, less investments and lower costs.
FCR is measured on every flock on every chicken farm. The result depends on many factors in combination. It tells a story of how well balanced feed the chickens are eating to cover their daily nutritional needs, which raw materials are used / available locally, how well their environment is managed to keep the birds in their comfort zone, and how the health status is from day one. Only healthy birds, grown in a good environment, fed with good feed can grow in an optimal way!
Scandi Standards grower advisors work closely with the farmers, sharing knowledge and best practice. At Group level, improvements in FCR have been achieved in the last years – benefiting the environment, the chickens, and the underlying economic factors in the supply chain.
FCR (feed conversion ratio) may vary in different countries based on the differences in local feed raw materials availability and price relationships between them – thereby affecting feed recipe.