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Broilers welfare, health and production in organic and conventional systems.

Ferrante, Dr Valentina; Baroli, Dr Daniela; Lolli, Dr Susanna and Di Mauro, Dr Francesca (2008) Broilers welfare, health and production in organic and conventional systems. Poster at: Cultivating the Future Based on Science: 2nd Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR, Modena, Italy, June 18-20, 2008.

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Animal welfare, product quality and organic or niche production system rise to more and more interest. Organic farming has grown rapidly in European and Italian agriculture during the last decade. The aim of the trial was to compare five organic and five conventional broiler farms from the productive, health and behavioural point of view. The productive performance showed that conventional broilers (CB) consumed significantly less feed then organic broilers (OB) and the first got a better FCR.. These different figures could be due to the different environment and life style. OB are more exposed to natural climate, they can move much more and then they increase feed consumption and FCR become worsen.
The different age at slaughter determined the significant difference observed for the final body weight of 2.943±0.2 CB vs 4.486±0.2 of OB (P=0.0003). The same trend was observed for carcass and chest weight. The first weighed 3.530±0.2 g for CB vs 4.410±0.2 for OB (P=0.01) and the second 2.450±0.15 for CB and 3.150±0.15 for OB (P= 0.01).
The mortality was similar and the main cause was SDS related to genetic factors.
From the behavioural point of view the result might indicate that less intensive farming and the presence of an enriched environment, as in organic farming, seems to promote a better adaptation of animals, both to the environment and to man presence, ensuring better welfare conditions.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:organic poultry, broilers, behaviour production, reactivity
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: Research Track / ISOFAR > 3.4 Animal health and nutrition – non ruminants
Italy > Univ. Milano
Deposited By: Ferrante, Dr Valentina
ID Code:12007
Deposited On:12 Sep 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:This paper is published in the conference proceedings:
Neuhoff, Daniel; Halberg, Niels; Alfldi, Thomas; Lockeretz, William; Thommen, Andreas; Rasmussen, Ilse A.; Hermansen, John; Vaarst, Mette; Lck, Lorna; Carporali, Fabio; Jensen, Henning Hgh; Migliorini, Paola and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2008) .Cultivating the Future Based on Science. Proceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), held at the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Consorzio ModenaBio, 18 . 20 June 2008 in Modena, Italy.. International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o IOL, DE-Bonn, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick. http://orgprints.org/13672 and http://orgprints.org/13674

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