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Agrivet Research

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#Poultry Research

Broiler:

  • Agrivet research facility has two units Located at DGN and GLB.
  • At DGN:
    • Three Broiler Houses each with capacity to place 800 birds.
    • There are 80 pens in each shed.
  • At GLB:
    • Three Broiler Houses with capacity to place 700, 640 and 400 birds .
    • There are 70, 64 and 40 pens in each shed respectively.
  • In both the units, all sheds have concrete floors and natural ventilation aided by circulatory fans.
  • Pens are on deep litter and separated by wire mesh.
  • Each pen measures 1.22 m X 1.22 m and can accommodate 10 birds.
  • Individual feeder, feed dispensing buckets and auto drinkers are installed in each pen.
  • Brooding is performed through electric /gas brooder.
  • Real time data is captured through an online ERP system.
  • The pen designs are flexible to meet with the objectives of the research and accommodate the protocol.
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#Broiler Performance Studies:

  • Options of conducting trials with straight run or all male flocks are available
  • Bias is avoided by adopting completely randomized block designs in:
    • Distributing chicks within pens
    • and pens within a house
  • Trials are undertaken for raw materials, complete feeds, feed additives, water soluble medications, vaccines and for breed comparisons.
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#The Challenge Facility:

  • The objective of this facility is to simulate the actual field conditions in terms of :
    • Environment: Heat or cold stress
    • High stocking density
    • Exposure to infective agents
  • A separate complex with 32 pens of similar dimensions is available for such studies.
  • Pens are completely separated from each other in order to avoid cross contamination and mixing of the birds/litter materials within the adjoining pens.
  • Designated exclusive workers work in this facility.
  • Equipment to induce thermal stress is available
  • Stock culture of Eimeria spp. Clostridium perfringens, Salmonella and Escherichia coli are available.
  • Specific ATCC strains can be arranged if requested for.
  • A group of poultry veterinarians assesses the load of challenge to be induced and if the load looks ethically permissible then only challenge studies are undertaken. The main objective is to abode by the ethical norms of the country and to prevent cruelty on the experimental birds.
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#Metabolism Study:

  • A metabolism study room having controlled temperature is available for metabolism study.
  • The birds are put into specially designed metabolism cages where they are individually fed.
  • The facility can conduct metabolism trials for major nutrients
    • either by total tract apparent digestibility method (faecal collection)
    • or by apparent ileal digestibility method involving markers (Celite, TiO2 or chromic oxide).
  • Drinking water is offered individually and is quantified. This facilitates the scope of water medication studies.
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#Meat Processing Study:

  • Semi-automatic broiler meat processing facility is in operation which measures yields of dressed meat, internal organs and commercial cuts, chemical composition of meat, drip loss and water holding capacity as well as cooking loss estimation.

The details of the parameters which are measured are detailed out in the Agrivet Laboratory section

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Layer:

#Overview of the facility:

  • Layer birds are reared at DGN in California cages under open ventilation system aided by longitudinally mounted circulatory fans.
  • Cage dimension: 50 cm x 40 cm” x 40 cm approximately.
  • Space allocated per hen: 580 cm2
  • Lighting: Artificial + natural
  • Feed form: mash or crumble whichever fits the study protocol.
  • Water supply is through nipple drinker.

#Parameters studied:

  • Body weight, feed intake and feed conversion ratio.
  • Egg production, egg weight and egg mass.
  • Egg grading
  • Egg shell thickness and breaking strength.
  • Yolk Colour scoring
  • Measurement of Haugh unit

The details of the parameters which are measured are detailed out in the Agrivet Laboratory section

Feed Milling:

  • Pelleted feed manufacturing unit (capacity: 100kg/h)
  • Mash feed manufacturing unit (capacity: 100kg/h)
  • A precision premixing facility is available where additives in small quantities are added into the final batch following progressive dilution technique through a 6 kg and 20 kg fine mixer.
  • Vast choice of ingredients to formulate diets as per the need of research is available.
  • Pre-formulation analysis of ingredients for precision matrix correction is the added advantage.
  • Proximate analysis of every batch of production is done to ensure quality control.
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#Study of Feed Production parameters:

  • Pelleting parameters
    • Pellet Durability and hardness.
    • Particle size distribution analysis.
  • Measurement of pelleting throughput.
  • Measurement of power consumption ampere load, machine efficiency and other parameters pertaining to pelleting equipment.
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Laboratory:

  • Agrivet laboratories are operated by competent technicians and are equipped aptly to provide all the required services related to advanced livestock research.
  • The laboratory has the following divisions:
    • Microbiology
    • Biotechnology and Biochemistry
    • Pathology and Parasitology
    • NIRS and Nutrition Lab
    • Feed testing
  • Overview of the parameters studied
    • Raw material analysis by NIR and wet chemistry.
    • Serum assay
    • Histology/Histopathology of internal organs
    • Gross organ morphometry
    • Rapid toxin analysis by ELISA
    • Immunology and serology
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#Aqua Research

Research of IMC / Shrimp / Tilapia:

  • Aqua research facility is located at DGN
  • Independent aerated recirculation tanks are installed
  • Tanks are circular with 300 lit water capacity
  • 24 individual tanks allow the flexibility to conduct elaborate research
  • Following parameters can be generated from Production trials
    • Total biomass production
    • Feed conversion efficiency (FCE)
    • Average daily growth rate per tank

#Dairy Research

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