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Feeding grass silage to fattening pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Feeding grass silage to fattening pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Holinger, Mirjam; Scheibler, Samuel and Früh, Barbara. Issuing Organisation(s): FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract, no. 031. (2019)

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A reduction in gastric ulcers leads to increased animal welfare. Additionally, roughage, such as grass silage, may satisfy the pigs’ need for rooting and lead to a reduction in tail biting. Furthermore, the pigs are occupied with feeding for longer periods of time, which leads to a reduction in boredom. As grass silage has a good nutritional value, it is an ideal supplement to concentrate feed.
Note: feeding roughage does not negatively impact meat quality.
Practical recommendation
• Provide fattening pigs with roughage on a daily basis (minimum 100-300 grams per pig every day)
• Grass silage is an ideal roughage: it is very attractive for the pigs due to its taste and consistency. Besides grass silage, grass, hay, and other types of silage have comparable effects on health and welfare.
• To avoid feed waste and to provide good access, place feed in racks at an optimal height.
• Place racks away from areas where pigs rest in order to avoid disturbances.

Summary translation

• Fournir quotidiennement du fourrage grossier aux porcs en engraissement (minimum 100 à 300 g de MS par porc chaque jour).
• L'ensilage d'herbe est un fourrage idéal : il est très appétent pour les porcs en raison de son goût et de sa con-sistance. L'ensilage d'herbe, l'herbe, le foin et d'autres types d'ensilages ont des effets comparables sur la santé et le bien-être.
• Pour éviter le gaspillage des aliments et assurer un bon accès, disposer les aliments dans des auges à une hauteur optimale.
• Placer les auges loin des zones de repos afin d'éviter les perturbations.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:Current production systems compromise pig health and welfare through a lack of structural feed components, which is associated with the development of gastric ulcers.
What solution does the tool offer?:Feeding a diet which includes roughage, like grass silage, increases pig gut health.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:animal husbandry, animal health, swine
Agrovoc keywords:
animal health
animal husbandry
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
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
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Pigs
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > IFOAM Organics Europe
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773911
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/36454, https://orgprints.org/36454/, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1173937267259465735, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/photos/a.341364110046066/491669898348819
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Basler, Andreas
ID Code:36454
Deposited On:16 Sep 2019 12:19
Last Modified:19 Jun 2023 07:57
Document Language:English, French/Francais, Spanish/Español

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