Chicken is one of the most common ingredients in Caribbean cuisine. The high costs of beef and pork make poultry the most preferred meat in households.
The yearly production of poultry averages approximately at 200,000 metric tonnes of meat. The majority of poultry are raised on large factory farms using intensive farming techniques. The introduction to new technologies in the poultry sector has allowed large commercial farms to produce more stock. Poultry are living longer and reaching full size due to temperature controlled houses and access to medicines.
Some Caribbean countries, most notably Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, have domestic poultry farms also known as backyard farming. These smaller farms are primarily run by local poultry farmers and supply the local market. They also export small quantities to other regional markets
Poultry Production in Trinidad and Tobago
In recent years, poultry meat consumption per capita reached 58.3 kilograms. Trinidad and Tobago produce 800,000 broilers per week and imports make up around 20% of its market.
There are a large number of street food chains in Trinidad and Tobago, with chicken meat being the most popular choice. This is because it is cheaper to supply and also costs less for consumers to buy, compared to other meats. The street food chains make poultry more accessible to the consumers.
Poultry Production in The Dominican Republic
It is estimated that the local production of poultry meets between 60% and 70% of the country’s demand. To make up for this, imports are used to be able to fully supply it.
In 2018, broiler production in the Dominican Republic was up by 23.6%. a contributing factor toward this could be the development of the food industry and factory farming in the region.
How does tourism impact poultry production in the Caribbean?
The Caribbean is a very popular holiday destination for tourists and has thousands of hotels and restaurants. It is estimated the annual consumption of food and beverage of the tourism industry costs over US $500 million. It is expected to keep increasing with more hotels being built.
As the tourism in the Caribbean continues to increase, so does the demand for food supply to accommodate the tourists. There is a higher demand for large quantities of meat products in the hotel and tourism sector, particularly around peak holiday season. the demand is also for food of a higher quality as more people become educated on food safety and hygiene.
With all of this extra supply also comes a lot of waste. It is estimated that 6% of global food losses occur in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is especially true when it comes to poultry waste, as it is the most popular, easily accessible meat in the country.
What is Poultry Waste and Why Should You Get Rid of It?
With the increasing demand for poultry, it is important that you dispose of your poultry waste quickly and efficiently.
Tackling the problem of waste will help to reduce the risk of disease and infection amongst the poultry. This would help to avoid the slowing down of production as all of your stock will be healthy and of high standard. If your stock is healthy, this would improve product quality and your reputation as a business.
Types of waste you will find on a poultry farm include:
- Dead Birds (fallen stock)
- Poultry manure
- Dressing waste
- Poultry litter
Before you incinerate your poultry litter, see if you can recycle it and use it for other purposes. There are many different ways to make use of your poultry litter that can help save costs on things such as animal feed.
Incineration is the best method of disposal for controlling bio-security. Incineration can help you control and prevent diseases from infecting your stock. Our bird flu incinerators can help to control diseases such as:
- Avian Bird Flu (Avian Influenza)
- Newcastle Disease
- A(H1N1) and A(H3N2) strains
- LPAI & PAI strains
Inciner8 offer a wide range of poultry incinerators to help you dispose of your poultry waste. There are regulations in place when it comes to disposing of poultry waste SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) and NETREGS outline basic legislation for disposing of poultry waste, including dead stock.
The i8-55A is a medium capacity animal incinerator from our range of ‘DEFRA Approved’ models. It is suitable for disposing of birds and poultry waste. This option benefits from a simple top loading door and advanced secondary chamber technology. This provides an environmentally friendly option for a variety of industries.
The I8-75A model is a mid-range incinerator, giving you quality design and engineering. The i8-75A is a medium capacity animal incinerator from our range of ‘DEFRA Approved’ models. this model is suitable for disposing of game, small deer, poultry, sheep
The i8-140A is a high capacity animal incinerator. This model is suitable for disposing of large domestic animals, sheep, lambs and many others. This model is an ideal waste disposal solution for farms, shooting practices, slaughterhouses, abattoirs or veterinary practices.
Read more about the Poultry Industry in other countries
- North Africa & The Middle East – Poultry Industry Overview
- Southeast Asia – Poultry Industry Review
- The Caribbean – Facts about the Poultry Industry