There are a range of aspects as with everything in natural resource management, regenerative farming and restorative forest landscape management …
Rather to constantly looking at and limiting the investigation of potential uses of pyrogenic carbon = chars through a narrow microscope focus, it will help the discussion, the investigation and knowledge building / learning to ask
1. WHY? followed by
2. WHAT? and then
Here we have the overview / intro of the Biochar uses in (industrial scale) Poultry, scientific research program in Germany since 2014:
Biochar in poultry farming
The animal welfare indicator footpad health and minimizing the use of antibiotics play an important role in broilers and turkeys. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured in indicators based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. Animal health and minimization of pharmacologically active substances are politically defined goals with timely implementation. New ways are being sought to achieve these goals. The use of activated biochar and / or a reduction in protein in the feed represent a starting point. The reduction in protein content is sustainable, reduces emissions, reduces animal stress and reduces metabolism.
Since autumn 2014, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture has been working on the use of activated biochar as a litter additive for chicken fattening as part of a pilot project in animal husbandry and animal health. In the preliminary experiments with chickens in a practice, positive effects of biochar as a litter additive were found. The suitability for practical use was not really given due to the dust that should not be despised. Since the results were promising, the activated biochar is fed to the animal in a new approach via feeding.
Approved EIP Agri project "CarboFeet" - presented in the ministry, now the implementation follows Add activated charcoal to the fattening feed of chickens and turkeys
The idea: The animal welfare indicator footpad health will play an important role in fattening poultry in the future. Animal welfare and animal welfare are measured based on the condition of the balls of the feet as an objective evaluation criterion. The balls of the feet are negatively affected by damp litter and an increased production of ammonia. Additional measures will follow in the chicken and turkey fattening to significantly reduce the use of pharmacologically active substances and to "slow down" the fattening with suitable feed programs. These animal welfare regulations for more animal welfare are based on an optimization in the production process by raising the awareness of the farm manager and by improving the management. Ultimately, optimizing posture leads to more animal health and, accordingly, more animal welfare. Monetary company analyzes based on standardized company evaluations for chickens and turkeys should show whether this project also makes economic sense.
The Chamber of Agriculture has recently tested biochar as bedding material in chicken practice and has been able to achieve better balls of foot in chicken fattening.
This experiment was also presented at the last specialist forum in Cloppenburg and in several publications in the specialist press.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture is working on nutrient-reduced feeding concepts in certain growth phases of chickens and turkeys with the aim of capturing nutrient flows, optimizing the amino acid supply in fattening poultry and adapting the nutrient content in the feed to the growth of the animals, reducing growth stress and thereby improving intestinal health stabilize. … cont.
I trust this is an indication how things progress. The article is much further but here I only aimed to provide the indications that they do look at / investigate and trial real life issues rather that pure lab research as it happened in so many institutions Down Under since at least 2007 until the short lived public funds ran out …
As I see it since March 2004, it is crucial to see the uses / the cascading uses of Pyrogenic Carbon = chars in a holistic and bioregional context. Building on the systems approaches of Regenerative Agriculture and Restorative Forest (and watershed/ catchment restoration / hydrology).
Now 16 years later we forming discussions in various regions amongst all age groups and industry clusters. The discussion here in Tasmania, Mainland Australia and New Zealand is about to engage with our ‘glocal’ collaborators in Kaindorf Austria and other places to form intergenerational networks of learning and knowledge exchanges.
zoom enables the discussion and participation from home and home office, even from the garden, the farm and the forest (even poultry shed)
That may be part of it. Poultry operations have been adding biochar to bedding to reduce ammonia. The birds ingest the biochar. We understand that turkeys especially like wood biochar which may be more like grit than the corn cob char.
Does the biochar serve as grit for the chicken's gizzards... ?
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