NEW RESEARCH: Additives in chicken feed may save farmers money and time

Dr Ben Jones, an experienced agricultural scientist working with Premise, recently contributed to a research article in the latest Journal of Environmental Management.

Along with fellow researchers at Central Queensland University (including Dr Tanka Prasai, Professor Kerry Walsh, Professor David Midmore and Dr Surya Bhattarai), Ben helped produce compelling findings that could influence the way Australian farmers formulate chicken feed.

Ben Jones - Premise Agriculture

Agricultural scientist Dr Ben Jones, part of the team at Premise Agriculture.

The team combined the additives biochar, bentonite and zeolite to existing chicken feed mixtures. Their observations determined that:

  • These additives produced manure with greater structural integrity, which produced a stronger granule.
  • Achieving a good granule strength allows for use of normal fertiliser spreaders, offering a viable option for farmers seeking organic fertilisers that are cost-effective and simple to distribute.
  • Bentonite additives increased water retention in manures, decreasing litter wet areas.
  • Other work has demonstrated animal production benefits with use of the additives.

 

For more information, visit the Journal of Environmental Management online.


Posted to Agriculture on 22nd September 2017