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Rotating pasture for pregnant sows (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Rotating pasture for pregnant sows (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Roinsard, Antoine. Issuing Organisation(s): ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food. OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract. (2019)

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With this practice, feed and production costs can be reduced by 16 % due to lower quantities of concentrate feed and lower costs of "pasture feed" per ton.
Practical recommendations
• Allow time for the grass ley to establish before sows start grazing.
• Enrich the ley with legumes to provide good nutritional value and palatability for sows.
• Harvest/remove less palatable plants that are not eaten by sows.
• To prevent rooting behaviour remove sows when the grass is still high (> 8 cm).
• Encourage the creation of functional areas (lying area, feeding area) and encourage sows to learn to graze on the paddock.
• Provide individual feeding distribution systems to avoid aggression.
• Provide excess grass as silage during periods with no grass production.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:Feed is the biggest cost in pig farming, especially in free-range systems. In these systems, feed consumption is higher due to higher activity and higher thermal regulation needs. Outdoor sows are usually housed in huts on grass leys.
What solution does the tool offer?:During periods of high grass growth, it is possible to reduce the amount of feed and protein content given to sows in order to get the most out of grazing. The concentrated feed can be limited to 80 % of the recommended amount for at least 3 months. At the same time, this "pasture feed" can be lower in protein. Note: from 3 weeks before farrowing, sows need a complete diet.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:animal husbandry, sows, swine, feeding, rations
Agrovoc keywords:
animal husbandry
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed > OK-Net Ecofeed Tools
France > ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture Biologique
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > IFOAM Organics Europe
European Union > Organic Farm Knowledge
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773911
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/35449, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/photos/a.341364110046066/491231281726014, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1173624331706019841, https://www.itab.asso.fr
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Willer, Dr. Helga
ID Code:35449
Deposited On:09 Sep 2019 13:25
Last Modified:02 May 2024 10:32
Document Language:English

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