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A study on four feeding strategies of 100% organic origin for piglets concerning performance, health status, losses and economy in organic agriculture

Weißmann, Friedrich; Bussemas, Ralf and Falk, Anna (2012) A study on four feeding strategies of 100% organic origin for piglets concerning performance, health status, losses and economy in organic agriculture. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, Denise (Eds.) Tackling the Future Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry, Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, pp. 288-290.

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Summary

Organic agriculture is defined as a low-external-input-system but piglets’ necessity for high quality diets seems to contradict low-external-input feeding strategies. Hence, a total of 361 piglets was tested from day 14 – 63 post natum concerning performance, health status, losses and diet costs by means of four feeding strategies of 100%
organic origin: (i) high-external-input diet, (ii) medium-external-input diet, (iii) lowexternal-input diet, each with grass-clover-silage as roughage source, and (iv) above
mentioned low-external-input diet with straw replacing grass-clover-silage. The highexternal-input-diet achieved the significantly highest live weight gain; all other
strategies were similar at a lower level. There were no differences in health status and loss rates between the four strategies. Low-input-strategies were economical at best in producing a standardized 20 kg piglet. A verification of the results is necessary with a higher number of piglets for a final recommendation.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:piglets, 100% organic feeding, performance, health, losses, economy
Subjects: Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > ICOPP
Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Organic Farming - OEL
ISSN:0376-0723
ISBN:978-3-86576-094-4
Deposited By: Smith, Dr Jo
ID Code:24630
Deposited On:01 Dec 2013 21:26
Last Modified:01 Dec 2013 21:26
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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