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100% Organic Feed for Poultry – Results of Feed Trials in the UK

Gerrard, Catherine L.; Smith, Jo; Nelder, Rebecca; Clements, Ruth; Pearce, Bruce and Bright, Ashleigh (2014) 100% Organic Feed for Poultry – Results of Feed Trials in the UK. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 4, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 1147-1150.

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Summary

Current regulations for organic monogastric production systems permit feed ingredients of non-organic origin, primarily due to concerns about meeting the demand for the essential amino acids methionine and lysine. However, 100 % organic diets will become compulsory in the EU from 1st January 2015, so there is a need to develop feeds which will supply the required level of nutrients and support high animal health and welfare. This paper reports on feeding trials carried out with broilers in the UK to investigate the impact of three 100 % organic diets: a control diet with globally sourced ingredients, a diet based on locally sourced (i.e. within Europe) organic ingredients, and a diet based on locally sourced organic ingredients and algae. The results of the summer and winter trials showed that there was no significant difference in bird weights between the three diets, indicating that using locally sourced and locally sourced with algae feeds do not impact on broiler productivity.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:poultry, feed trials, protein, broilers, algae
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > ICOPP
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Other organizations
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Gerrard, Dr Catherine L
ID Code:23497
Deposited On:16 Oct 2014 14:14
Last Modified:04 Nov 2014 16:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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