Scientific turkey farming comprises of forty chapters on different aspects of scientific turkey farming, feeds and feeding and hatchery management. In this book all technological interventions and scientific know how to on scientific rearing and housing, poult management, grower management, layer management, breeder management, discussed. Feeding management for turkeys at different age group based on seasonal management is also discussed in detail. It covers turkeys flock health and biosecurity. Product technology aspects such as nutritive value of egg and meat and its processing and a way how to market the product is elaborated. As to encourage the entrepreneurs, information regarding bank loan and insurance, bank norms and interest rates are given. As to keep the profitable farm, record keeping and types of records to be maintained with a model format is discussed. Manufacturing of compound feed and technique involved are discussed. The feeding management is very quite important in turkey farming. All about, feed, feeding of brooder, grower, layer and breeder along with nutrient requirement are presented. Computation of ration and preparation ration for different age groups of turkey are also outlined. Establishment of feed mill and feed milling process is also discussed. In hatchery management, formation and structure of egg, embryonic development, factors required for incubation, hatchery designs, hatchery hygiene and hatching ability of turkey egg are narrated in detail.
Being the first book of turkey farming, it will give definitely over all idea to new entrepreneur, scientific outline for students on identified new technological intervention for sustainable turkey farming.
Dr. D. Thyagarajan being specialised in poultry science with doctorate degree, having more than 80 research articles, 130 research paper presentations, 126 popular articles, 26 books edited, authored 10 books, generated six technologies, completed nine research projects as Principal Investigator and recognised nationally with ICAR “Outstanding extension scientist/worker award” for the year 1996-1998. Right now, the author holding two assignments as Dean, Faculty of Food Sciences and Director of Research, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. Completed 32 years of University service from Assistant Professsor to present position. Currently involved in many positions for policy development of state and centre.
The author has completed ICAR funded scheme -Evolving optimum management practices and nutritional requirement of turkey” which outlined 42 biological experiments. He has established, “Package of practice for scientific turkey farming”. He was responsible for technology dissemination to turkey farmers in Kancheepuram district. He was instrumental to create microentrepreneur avenues in scientific turkey farming among the resource poor women. He has completed DBT funded project,” Poverty alleviation through scientific turkey farming in selected rural areas of Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu”. He has carried out lot of pioneer works in the turkey, and guinea fowl farming. His rich experience and scientific knowledge gathered over the years is outlined in the present book in different segments as scientific turkey management, turkeys feed and feeding and hatchery management. He has carried out lot of pioneer works in the turkey, and guinea fowl farming.
Dr. A. Ashok is a Assistant Professor of Poultry Science of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai. He has over 13 years of experience in teaching, research and extension activities. He is a recipient of senior fellowship in poultry science awarded by ICAR. He is also recipient of Ms.Venkatehwara Hatcheries gold medal for the first rank in M.V.Sc. Poultry science in College of Veterinary Science, Hyderabad, APAU. He was also awarded the Ms. Venkatehwara Hatcheries gold medal for the best Ph.D. thesis in the field by TANUVAS. He has published several technical papers/articles to his credit. He has also authored/edited over 10 books. He is a life member of several professional societies.