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FreeBirds - Optimising the use of the free range as the key to improve organic chicken production

{Project} FreeBirds: FreeBirds - Optimising the use of the free range as the key to improve organic chicken production. Runs 2018 - 2021. Project Leader(s): Gunnarsson, Dr Stefan; Anja Brinch Riber, Dr Anja; Bestman, Dr Monique; Rodenburg, Prof. Bas and Ferrante, Dr Valentina, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) .

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Document available online at: http://projects.au.dk/coreorganiccofund/research-projects/freebirds/


The goal for FreeBirds is to develop more successful husbandry practices in organic poultry production in order to make the chickens be more outdoor, in accordance with the intentions of the organic concept.
The outdoor stay improves the bird welfare and consolidates consumer acceptance and marketing of the organic products.
The welfare of organic broiler and egg production can be improved all over Europe.
Main project activities
≥Different ranging patterns of the birds will be compared using an innovative automatic tracking system.
≥The relation between range use and parasite infections in organic broilers and layers will be investigated.
≥Environmental consequences of manure nutrients in the soil of the range area will be studied.
≥Suitability of different strains for meat or egg production will be evaluated regarding behaviour, health, performance and welfare.

EPrint Type:Project description
Location:P.O. Box 234
S-53223 Skara,Sweden
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > FreeBirds
Turkey > Uludag University
Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Belgium > Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) - (Merelbeke) > Unit Animal Sciences
Italy > Univ. Milano
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) > Department of Animal Environment and Health
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Start Date:1 April 2018
End Date:31 March 2021
Deposited By: Gunnarsson, Dr Stefan
ID Code:35098
Deposited On:22 Mar 2019 10:36
Last Modified:10 May 2021 09:13

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