To be successful in the business of broiler chick production, it is necessary to appreciate the genetic progress for growth, feed efficiency and meat yield that has been both continuous and dramatic. We are told by Primary Breeders that the growth rate is increasing by 50 grams per year. These economic improvements are of course welcomed by the broiler industry.
However, we do not get something for nothing and the poultry business is no exception. While Primary Breeders strive to balance reproductive performance with the prime broiler objectives, inevitably it becomes a difficult task to achieve both predictable and consistently good chick numbers from parents of high performance broilers.