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CTA. 1993. Duck-rearing. Spore 48. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Duck-rearing manual by Dr Rena Perez 59pp produced by CARDI and available from CTA
This manual was originally produced in Spanish by the Ministry of Sugar Production in Cuba. With funds from CTA, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) was able to translate it and produce it in English in order to help increase duck production as a source of protein for the Caribbean in particular, and also for other ACP countries. The domestic duck has a rapid growth rate: while fattening chickens require 23% and 19.7% of total protein (TP) during the initial growing and fattening stages respectively, ducks can perform very well with 20% and then 16% protein up to the time of slaughter. Perhaps the most important aspect of duck-rearing for the Caribbean and other cane producing countries is their preference for liquid diets, which makes ducks particularly suitable for rearing on some by-products of sugar. Sugar by-products such as intermediate syrups A and B, syrup-off, or even sugar cane juice, can provide the required energy component of up to 65% of dry matter, while soyabeans or soya flour, sunflowers, fish silage, earthworms or organic waste can provide the protein element of the diet. This small manual covers all aspects of duck rearing, production, reproduction, housing, hygiene and management. Sixteen pages are devoted to feeding, with tabulated sugar-based formulae for different stages of duck growth, and tables which show the use of differing amount sand types of compounds that may be utilized. Duck-rearing manual by Dr Rena Perez 59pp produced by CARDI and available from CTA