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Development of an agroforestry system for chicken production

Philipps, Lois; Engel, Cindy and Wolfe, Martin (2002) Development of an agroforestry system for chicken production. In: Powell, Jane and et al., (Eds.) Proceedings of the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, pp. 257-258.

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This report was presented at the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference. Because conventional production of chickens has gone further than any other animal production system towards complete control of the animal’s brief lives, development of effective silvo-poultry systems seems particularly necessary for these essentially woodland birds. The objective is to develop a production system that closely matches the physiological and behavioural needs of the animals being reared. For the example of chickens, this means trying to mimic a woodland/forest-clearing environment. By providing a wide range of trees, shrubs and herbs, it should be possible to provide shelter, nutrition and medicinal benefits for the birds. At the same time, the system needs to fulfil other functions in terms of biodiversity and community assets for the farm, together with profitable organic chicken production.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Colloquium of Organic Researchers; COR; poultry; agroforestry; production systems; woodland; biodiversity
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Farming Systems
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: UK
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2002
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:8417
Deposited On:23 Oct 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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