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Search for the ideal laying hen for organic and free range systems

Leenstra, Ferry; Maurer, Veronika; Bestman, Monique; van Sambeek, Frans; Zeltner, Esther; van Niekerk, Thea; Galea, Fabien and Reuvekamp, Berry (2011) Search for the ideal laying hen for organic and free range systems. In: proceedings and speaker’s presentations from the 7th European Symposium on Poultry Genetics, Peebles, 5-7 October 2011, pp. 32-34.

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Since 1960 the majority of commercial layers are housed in cages. Non-cage housing started to appear again from 1980 onwards and increases in importance. It is questionable if birds bred to perform in cages are also suited for free range housing. We examined the performance of current genotypes in free range systems (organic and conventional) by an inventory among laying hen farmers in Switzerland, The Netherlands and France (325 flocks on 275 farms) and organised workshops with farmers to discuss their ideas on breeding goals (‘the ideal hen’) for free range systems.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:frre range housing, laying hen, bird bred, non-cage housing, orgnaic farming, animal welfare, Tierhaltung, nachhaltige Tierzucht, LowInputBreeds, sustainability assessment
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Breeding and genetics
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Poultry
European Union > LowInputBreeds > SP 4: Laying hens
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR) > Animal Sciences Group ASG
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:222623
Related Links:http://www.roslin.ed.ac.uk/7espg/, http://www.fibl.org/en/switzerland/research/animal-husbandry/animal-husbandry-research.html
Deposited By: Maurer, Dr. Veronika
ID Code:20558
Deposited On:07 Mar 2012 13:00
Last Modified:28 Jul 2021 14:21
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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