Sunday, 14 July 2013

Something to crow about.

Old news but interesting ideas. What similar things can we do in the developed world to facilitate a smallholder culture and create sustainable and equitable food production systems.

Naturally I wanted to know more, a brief look found the following:
“The average liveweight gain of Giri Raja fowls after 6 months was higher than that of local fowls (2079.58 vs. 1219.5 g).”
“the average egg production of Giri Raja fowls was higher than that of the local fowls (149.91 vs. 54.75 eggs per year).”
Perhaps the most important consideration ” The cost of rearing Giri Raja fowls was the same as that of local birds.”
The idea seems to that the best of local breeds are selected and combined to produce a bird suitable for local conditions and traditional management, but better at converting food to eggs and flesh without the need for further inputs.  I read some articles about similar programs, some using Giri Raja"s crossed with local birds underway in Africa. Perhaps this breed could be brought to Australia perhaps what we really need to do is reinvigorate the many breeds we have and focus on those with productive attributes rather than on breeding perfect specimens. I do recall that it is still possible to buy strains of Austrolorp, Rhode Island red, Leghorns and some others which have been bred selectively for meat or egg production.

Thank you for your support of equitable food production Bangalore Veterinary College!

Taken from: A study on rearing of Giriraja poultry birds. Authors
Patil, S. D.; Patil, H. D.; Mote, P. U.; Jagtap, J. B. Agriculture Update 2008 Vol. 3 No. 1/2 pp. 208-210 ISSN 0973-1520

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