Poultry Nutrition: Making Your Own Turkey Ration (ONLINE WORKSHOP)
Are you concerned about meeting the nutritional needs of your turkeys? To maintain good health and to ensure your birds are producing delicious, nutrient dense meat, your turkeys need excellent nutrition. Many poultry keepers rely on pelleted feeds most of which don't meet optimal nutrient requirements. Keepers often find when they feed scratch mixes that birds will ignore many of the grains and seeds used in these mixes. Can we do better? Yes, and for a lower cost too.
This short online course shows you how to make a balanced and highly nutritious feed or ration for your turkeys cheaply and efficiently. Turkeys have very specific nutritional requirements which are very different from chickens and other poultry. Its critical to meet these requirements throughout the turkeys life span especially if you are buying day olds and raising them for meat. Your birds get the best feed possible, a mash based on formulea used by farmers for years to make farm based feed rations prior to processed pelleted feeds.
We will show you how to simply make your own turkey mash or ration from easily purchased ingredients at reasonable cost and minimum effort. Taking into account the needs of turkeys at different ages, we show you how to make three different mashes suitable for age ranges.
This mash, adjusted to their age requirements, feeds the turkeys we raise from day olds to 12 weeks every year for sale at Christmas. The birds are very well fed and have a wonderful life with us on the farm. Turkeys are a pleasure to raise. They have a curious nature and like to interact with humans. They love being taken for a ride in the trailer! (see photo)
Principal Educator, Wynlen House Learning Centre: Helen M Lynch, BA, DipEdStud, MEdAdmin, PostGOEd, CertIV TAE. Helen is a qualified & experienced educator from the TAFE and University Sector.
Principle Farmer, Wynlen House: Bronwyn M Richards. Bronwyn runs Wynlen House Urban Micro Farm, one of the SE Australia's most successful very small farms, managing vegetable and poultry production since 2006.
Your Learning Platform
The course is designed using text and video to take you, step by step, through making your own layer mash. The course is presented on CANVAS, a learning management system designed to take learner engagement to the next level. In Canvas you can use forums to talk to fellow students and your facilitator, get important announcements, comment, ask questions and discuss what your are learning.