The Efficiency of Feed Additives From Peat in Ostrich Farming in Ukraine

Liliya Stepchenko, Lyudmila Galuzina, Suzanna Koliada, Elena Goncharova

Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress


adaptogens, digestive-system, feed-additives, ostriches, peat, productivity

Stepchenko et al 2012: The Efficiency of Feed Additives From Peat in Ostrich Farming in Ukraine


Theme III. Agricultural use of peat and peatlands


Feed additives (Hydrohumate and Humilid) derived from peat in Ukraine is quite widely used for feeding poultry and other farm animals, due to its ability to act as adaptogen, immunomodulator, regulators of metabolism, growth factors (Stepchenko et al., 1995-2011). The purpose of the work was to establish the effectiveness of feed additives based on peat in ostrich farming in the steppe zone of Ukraine.

The experiment was conducted on a large complex of growing ostriches Corporation “Agro-Soyuz”. Baby birds of ostriches (from several days to 11 months) and individuals (at the age of 7-8 years) were fed by food with the feed additives. Using the biologically active feed additives based on peat “Hydrohumate” and “Humilid” we can increase performance and safety of the growth rate Hy of baby birds of ostriches, and can get more meat of higher quality. We fed ostriches (at the age of 7-8 years) using of “Hydrohumate” during their reproductive period, and we noticed that the number of ostrich eggs increased on 10-15%.

Adding the additives of humic nature into food of ostrich accelerates the formation of the alimentary canal, activation of digestive enzymes, improves metabolism and increases the blood forming organs.