Development of Manitoba-based computer models for nutrient management in the laying hen industry

Team:

Project Leader:  Dr. Jim House, Dept. Human Nutritional Science,  Email: j_house@umanitoba.ca
Co-Investigators:
Dr. Ermias Kebreab (U of M), Dr. Bill Guenter (U of M), P Loro (MAFRI)

Goal:

Development of a mechanistic mathematical model to develop and suggest new feeding strategies that improve nutrient use efficiency such as reducing total P in diet while meeting nutritional and production needs.

Objectives:

  • develop model based on typical poultry diets used in Manitoba
  • evaluate feeding strategies suggested by model
  • technology transfer workshop to facilitate uptake and use of model to devise environmentally and economically viable feeding programs