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Performance of commercial laying hen genotypes on free range and organic farms in Switzerland, France and The Netherlands

Bestman, Monique; Leenstra, Ferry; Maurer, Veronika; van Sambeek, Frans; Zeltner, Esther; Reuvekamp, Berry; Amsler, Zivile; Galea, Fabien and van Niekerk, Thea (2012) Performance of commercial laying hen genotypes on free range and organic farms in Switzerland, France and The Netherlands. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, Denise (Eds.) Tackling the Fututre Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Braunschweig, Germany, Landbauforschung Sonderheft 362, pp. 355-359.

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Free range and organic systems provide different circumstances for laying hens than closed houses or cages, where most hens are selected in. An enquiry and farm visits were done in The Netherlands, Switzerland and France in order to find out what genotypes are being used and how they perform. There are differences between countries, systems (organic vs free range) and groups of breeds. There is not just one genotype suitable for organic and free range systems.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:LowInputBreeds, Tierhaltung, laying hens, free range system, organic, genotypes
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Breeding and genetics
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Husbandry and Breeding
Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
European Union > LowInputBreeds > SP 4: Laying hens
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR) > Animal Sciences Group ASG
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:222623
Related Links:http://www.lowinputbreeds.org/, http://www.fibl.org/en/switzerland/research/animal-husbandry/animal-husbandry-research.html, http://www.vti.bund.de/de/startseite/vti-publikationen/landbauforschung-sonderhefte/sonderhefte-2012.html
Deposited By: Maurer, Dr. Veronika
ID Code:21734
Deposited On:22 Nov 2012 13:27
Last Modified:26 Nov 2012 09:00
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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