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Selection and characterization of ‘low input’ farm groups in 3 macro-climatic regions in Europe for inclusion in a “farmer participatory” performance recording network (FP-PRN) and performance recording of currently used layer genotypes

Leenstra, Ferry; Maurer, Veronika; Bestman, Monique; Zeltner, Esther; van Niekerk, Thea; Galea, Fabien and Reuvekamp, Berry (2011) Selection and characterization of ‘low input’ farm groups in 3 macro-climatic regions in Europe for inclusion in a “farmer participatory” performance recording network (FP-PRN) and performance recording of currently used layer genotypes. Paper at: First LowInputBreeds Symposium on Ethical Consideration in Livestock Breeding, Wagningen, The Netherlands, March 15 and 16, 2011. [Completed]

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Summary

In poultry, breeding is carried out by a very limited number of international operating breeding companies. For laying hens two companies dominate the market. Laying hens are in general 4-way crosses. Since 1960 the majority of commercial layers are bred and housed in cages. Non-cage housing started to appear again from 1980 onwards and increases slowly in importance, at first in Europe, but recently also in North America. It is questionable if birds bred to perform in cages are also suited for free range housing. In this project we examine the performance of current genotypes in free range systems (organic and conventional), and if and how an improved genotype for free range housing can be developed.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:laying hens, Low Input Breeding, poultry, 4-way crosses, genotypes, free range systems
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Breeding and genetics
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Husbandry and Breeding
European Union > LowInputBreeds > SP 4: Laying hens
International Conferences > 2011: 1st LowInputBreeds Symposium
Netherlands > Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR > Animal Sciences Group ASG
Related Links:http://www.lowinputbreeds.org/symposium-2011.html, http://www.lowinputbreeds.org/subprojects.html
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:18709
Deposited On:07 Aug 2011 14:40
Last Modified:07 Aug 2011 14:40
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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