Abstract: A survey was carried out on production and economic evaluation of different strains of broiler breeder parent stock (BBPS). 25 BBPS breeder farmers in and around Rawalpindi/Islamabad area were interviewed from August to October, 2002. Results show that Arbor Acres (AA, 7 farms), Hubbard (HB, 10 farms), Indian River (1R, 2 farms). Lohman (LN, 1 farm) and Starbro (SB, 5 farms) strains were housed. LN produced significantly more number of eggs (150.0) than HB (148.4), AA (140.3), IR (139.5) and SB (136.2) per hen housed. Better socio-ecnomic status observed in breeders those housed HB (2.0) than SB (3.2), 1R (3.5), AA (3.7) and LN (4.0) strains, respectively. Average farm income was 6399, 13581, 7195, 6794 and 10184, expenditure was 6036, 11782, 5968, 7779 and 9137 th. Rs/farm and profit was 537, 2087, 1227, -985 and 1291 th. Rs/farm for AA, HB, IR, LN and SB farms, respectively. Mortality of various broiler breeder strains was not significantly different during initial rearing and production period followed by overall number of deaths. Chicks of breeder stocks purchased and hen housed at different farms shows no significant variation between various strains. Hatchability percentage of various breeder strains eggs was not different (80.0 LN, 80.5 AA, 81.9 HB, 84.9, 84.9 SB and 85.0 1R) percent. The socio-economic conditions exhibit that HB farmers enjoy better socio-economic status, followed by IR and SB, AA had average socio-eonomic status, while LN farmer falls under average.
Hameed, T , M. I. Rind , R. Rind and A. A. Solangi , 2003. Evaluation of Production and Economics in Various Strains of Broiler Breeder Parent Stock at Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Pakistan. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 2: 413-416.