Effect of Furasol and economics of its inclusion in the diet on performance of broiler finisher
T. THIRUMALESH AND S. MALLIKARJUNAPPA
Dept. of Animal Nutrition, Veterinary College , Bidar
Two groups of broilers of seventy-five birds each were reared separately after two weeks of brooding on deep litter. The experimental group of birds was supplemented with antibiotic Furasol (Furaltadone hcl) through drinking water at the rate of 0.5g per liter and the control group was maintained without furasol to know the essentiality and effect of the drug on performance of birds. The birds were reared up to seven weeks of age and data were recorded. The average feed intake, water intake, weight gain, FCR, mortality rate and dressing percentage in control and treatment group were 110.8 and 112.0g / bird / day; 325.1and 330.7 ml / bird / day; 48.5 and 50.8g / bird / day; 1.9 and 1.7; 0.2 and 0.4 % and 68.2 and 74.1 %, respectively. There was no significant difference between the treatment and control groups with regard to performance of broilers. The profit per bird, the cost of production per kg of live weight and the cost of production per kg of meat in control and treatment group were Rs. 21.7 and 16.2; Rs. 25.85 and 28.47 and Rs. 37.91 and 38.42, respectively. It indicated that supplementation of furasol was not required except during their early life of first two weeks if the birds are maintained hygienically in the farm. Further it also reduced the cost of production as Rs. 8.92 was spent per bird for supplementation of furasol in the treatment group till seven weeks. It also avoids residual effect of furasol in the meat from the consumer’s point of view.