Performance of Japanese quails fed with brewer's dried grain

S.T. Selvan
Poultry Research Station, Nandanam, Chennai - 35

800 day-old Nandanam Quails belonging to single hatch were randomly divided into four groups with 2 replicates in each group. Four rations T1, T2, T3 and T4 were formulated by incorporating Brewers Dried Grain (BDG) at 0, 10, 20 and 30 % levels substituting a protein mix. The results revealed better feed efficiency, lower mortality and higher weight gain in quails fed with 10 % BDG, when compared to other inclusion levels. Various alternate sources of fed ingredients are being tried in poultry. Though it is very difficult to substitute the conventional feed ingredients, still other unconventional feed stuffs have been tried and met with little success. Brewer’s Dried Grain is one such Agro industrial based by product, which is readily available. Due to low cost, non-toxic nature and high nutrient content makes it highly suitable for poultry feeding. BDG is rich in protein and energy. However, it’s utility is restricted due to high fiber content. BDG is commonly used in cattle feeding. On an average 10 MT of BDG waste are being produced from each brewery in a single day. With the spiraling ingredient cost, inadequate availability, unsteady market trends, BDG can be tried substituting a part of cereal (energy) and oil cakes (protein).

Source : IPSACON-2005

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