M. B. Timmons, R. S. Gates

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A procedure to maximize economic return from broiler production was developed. This procedure formed the basis for an optimizing system that yields optimal economic return for any given housing type and arbitrary outside temperature variations. The optimization procedure begins after an initial 21 day brooding period. The method is dynamic, providing an inside set point temperature for current environmental and economic conditions. Several methods of optimization were investigated demonstrating the need to identify the appropriate unit of optimization. The optimizing system was used for simulations over a broad range of outside temperature, and three housing types, to evaluate its potential for savings. Minimum savings predicted were on the order of 0. 5 cent/kg of liveweight produced with savings exceeding 2. 5 cents/kg being predicted when compared to some management methods currently in use. It was clearly established that the optimal economic temperature depends on housing type and current outside temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1373-1378, 1384
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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