Wednesday, 11 July 2012


The Web 2.0 workshop organised by the CTA with the collaboration of Faculty of Agriculture and the Food and Agricultural Council was launched on Monday 9th July 2012 at the R. Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre , University of Mauritius. 

The workshop was very enriching and it has been with great enthusiast that all participants have been contributing. During theses three day, i have realised the power of the Web 2.0 tools and how it would make sharing of documents, knowledge as well as reduce the time I normally spend on the web to do research work considerably.

The trainers who have been so energetic, kind and attentive have answered to all questions raised by the participants. They have also ensure themselves with a good sense of humour that everyone is able to perform the exercises given to us and hence it has been a pleasure for us to participate in the workshop.


Introduction to Broiler Production

Industrial Broiler Production


Broilers are chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) bred and raised specifically for meat production. Chickens are one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, and although the global population has decreased from more than 24 billion in 2003 to 19 billion in 2011, there are more chickens in the world than any other species of bird. Mauritius imports about 90 000 day-old parent-stock out of which 90% are of the broiler type

Broiler production is the raising or keeping of chickens (broilers) primarily for meat production. The key to successful broiler production depends on a systematic and efficient management program the farmer has adopted. In addition, it is advisable to do proper planning and preparation well on time for the arrival of chicks on site.

The Broiler Production Cycle

Day old chicks are bought locally and raised for 6 weeks after which the chicken houses are cleaned,   disinfected and allowed to rest for 2 weeks. At 5 to 6 weeks the broilers reach an average live weight of 2kg and are selected, slaughtered, packaged and sold to different market outlets. A complete cycle is therefore 8 weeks long, making it 6 to 7 complete cycles annually.

Some farms separate male and female birds, a practice called separate-sex feeding. Separate-sex feeding accomplishes a number of goals. When birds are separated and fed according to gender (versus rearing males and females together), there will be more uniformity among males and among females in the flock. Separation of the birds also allows producers to feed diets that more closely meet the nutritional needs of the male and female birds.