Feed quality and access in the rural areas is a challenge for farmers and producers in the developing countries. Due to this, many producers blend their own feed from locally available feedstuffs for their livestock. This presents a problem, not on in formulation accuracy for the nutritional needs for their locally produced poultry, but also in the use of optimal ingredients for poultry diets.
Recognizing this challenge, the World Poultry Foundation funded the development of a Feed App through partnership with the University of Georgia. This feed App (FeedMix), which is available at no cost from App sites, allows the farmer to simply tick boxes of available feedstuffs (maize, cassava, etc.) and the type of birds being grown, and it will calculate a basic diet.
Since the initial launch of the App, farmers from around the world have requested additional feed ingredients to be added to the list. Therefore, revisions to add additional ingredients have been completed and we will continue to update as requests are made.
For a video demonstration on how to use this app, please visit this YouTube Video.
- Select “Create My Diet”
- Select Your “Chicken Type” (e.g., pullet, laying hen, broiler)
- Select “My Diet” (add ingredients)
- Select the weight of an ingredient you want to use (the box in front of “kg”) and hit ”done” on the calculator pad. A green check mark will show you have selected the ingredient and the weight.
- After all your selection of ingredients, select “Add to Diet”.
- A summary of your selection will appear. If you agree hit “Calculate”.
- You will either see an approved diet, or a “Not Recommended” diet. The “Not Recommended” screen compares the nutrient values of the diet to the “Nutrient Class” guide on the “Nutrient Class” tab. Any value that is outside the range (21-24% protein for a Broiler Starter, for example) will be highlighted in red. Only if 100% of all the nutrients are within their range will it say “Recommended”. The inappropriate value may be too high or too low and will be listed in the color red. The user will know not only that it’s out-of-bounds, but also know why it’s out-of-bounds.
- Once you have a diet you can utilize, you may email the diet to your address.