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Development of strategies to improve quality and safety and reduce cost of production in organic and “low input” livestock production systems

Spoolder, H.A.M.; Maurer, V. and Sundrum, A. (2007) Development of strategies to improve quality and safety and reduce cost of production in organic and “low input” livestock production systems. Paper at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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The demand for organic livestock products is still increasing. To support this growth and to help remove potential obstacles the fourth Subproject of QLIF addresses several themes related to livestock farming. In this overview paper the main results to date are presented. It briefly discusses progress made on preventative treatments against pig and poultry parasites, as well as the reduction of rodent burdens on farm. The activities on probiotics and nutribiotics experiments are listed, as are studies undertaken to improve the meat quality of pigs through different protein sources and diet composition. Finally, work is being presented aiming to reduce the incidence of mastitis, and the reduction of faecal shedding of pathogens in cattle. The overview concludes that much work has been done, but that the main task of increasing competitiveness of the organic and low-input livestock sector through the implementation of our knowledge, still lies ahead of us.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic husbandry, animal health, meat quality, animal nutrition, probiotics, Veterinärparasitologie, Endoparasitenkontrolle, Prophylaxe QLIF, Phytotherapie QLIF, QLIF, FiBL 35001
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Husbandry and Breeding
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Animal Nutrition and Animal Health
European Union > QualityLowInputFood > Subproject 4: Livestock production systems
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 4 Livestock production
Netherlands > Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR > Animal Sciences Group ASG
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Veterinary Parasitology
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/10417/
Deposited By: Spoolder, Dr Hans
ID Code:10462
Deposited On:12 Mar 2007
Last Modified:04 Jul 2014 12:26
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information: The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick.http://orgprints.org/10417/
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