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Aviagen: Balanced breeding brings improved productivity and sustainability

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EDINBURGH, Scotland — Through balanced breeding and innovation, Aviagen® has delivered improved productivity and sustainability to the broiler industry and is committed to continue these efforts into the future. The company has just released an animation “Delivering Improved Productivity and Sustainability for the Broiler Industry over the past 20 years” outlining these improvements and their concrete sustainability benefits.

The animation video can be viewed at

These breeding advantages also contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prioritized by the International Poultry Council, which aligns to Aviagen’s Top Five Commitments.

The United Nations predicts a global population of 9.8 billion by 2050. The food and agriculture industry will have the responsibility to produce enough to feed our growing societies without overwhelming the planet. Poultry is a vital low-fat, high-protein, and nutrient-rich food source needed by people everywhere.

Due to great strides in biological efficiency over the years, today, fewer “inputs” than ever before are required to yield greater “output.” As an example from the animation, because modern flocks are more biologically efficient, less feed is needed to grow robust birds. Since feed represents 60 percent to 70 percent of the cost of a poultry business, producers now can enjoy greater economic sustainability.

In addition, a better Feed Conversion leads to better nutrient utilization, resulting in a 28 percent reduction of nitrates and phosphate excretion, thus decreasing harmful pollutants.

“Aviagen is committed to helping our customers meet the needs of an increasing population in a responsible way that is gentler on our natural environment,” said Tim Burnside, global vice president of welfare, sustainability and compliance for Aviagen Group. “We invest heavily in research and development, and due to ongoing genetic selection and field testing, gains in feed efficiency will continue, sustaining the businesses of our customers, their local societies and the planet for decades to come.”

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