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

Smith, Jo; Gerrard, Catherine L.; Nelder, Rebecca; Clements, Ruth; Pearce, Bruce and Zaralis, Konstantinos (2014) 100% Organic Feed for Pigs – 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. 1151-1154.

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Current regulations for organic pig and poultry production systems permit feed ingredients of non-organic origin, primarily due to concerns that a 100 % organic diet would be unable to meet the demand for the essential amino acids lysine and methionine. 100 % organic diets for monogastrics will become compulsory in the EU from 1st January 2015, and so there is an urgent need to develop economically profitable feeding strategies based on organic feed across Europe. Feeding trials carried out with Gloucester old spot pigs in the UK found that there was no significant difference in the weight gains across the diets until the last week of the trial when there a significant difference in weight increase for the male pigs on the bean diet. This suggests that a 100 % organic diet using peas or beans can provide an acceptable alternative to a soya-based diet.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic feed, pigs, protein, silage, soya, roughage, beans, peas
Agrovoc keywords:
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)
Deposited By: Smith, Dr Jo
ID Code:23498
Deposited On:16 Oct 2014 14:21
Last Modified:04 Nov 2014 16:18
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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