The course deals with the management of the point-of-lay pullet and layers in production. A section on ventilation includes the principles of natural and mechanical ventilation and the effect of environmental conditions on feed consumption and health management.
The function of water in egg formation, digestion of feed and body temperature regulation is discussed. With regard to feed management, concepts such as protein, energy, and calcium content of diets, the control of mould and keeping of feed records are shortly dealt with. Egg quality and factors affecting will also be discussed. The effect of light intensity and photoperiod on layers and the importance of lighting programs form the concluding part of the training session.
Practical work: Point-of-lay pullets and hens in lay will be dissected and the organs identified and physiology briefly noted.