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Developing an agro-forestry system for production of a commercial organic chicken flock focusing on profits on a 'Triple bottom Line'

O'Brian, J; Philips, L and Aspray, C (2006) Developing an agro-forestry system for production of a commercial organic chicken flock focusing on profits on a 'Triple bottom Line'. In: Atkinson, C; Ball, B; Davies, D H K; Rees, R; Russell, G; Stockdale, E A; Watson, C A; Walker, R and Younie, D (Eds.) Aspects of Applied Biology 79, What will organic farming deliver? COR 2006, Association of Applied Biologists, pp. 67-71.

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In most modern free-range poultry systems birds do not fully utilise the range provided. Knowledge of the ancestral history of the domestic chicken, and research observations suggests benefits of agro-forestry systems for chickens. A commercial organic poultry agro-forestry system was developed for Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Berkshire, UK, affording the benefi ts of an agro-forestry system, whilst retaining commercial viability. Five avenues of highly diverse parallel hedges incorporating tree, shrub and herb species were planted. On-going monitoring of the system was put in place to evaluate its development and help assess the types of ‘profits’ the system delivers. Conventionally profits tend to be viewed purely in terms of economic gain. However, in an organic farming system more emphasis is placed on the intrinsic and sustainable qualities it has. Organic farming adopts a holistic approach to profit, viewing it in environmental, social and economic terms. The profits afforded by the system are discussed.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Poultry, agro-forestry, organic, ranging, profit
Subjects: Environmental aspects
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Ornamentals, flower bulbs and tree nurseries
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2006
Deposited By: MILLMAN, Mrs Carol A
ID Code:10181
Deposited On:13 Dec 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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