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OK-Net EcoFeed: Organic Knowledge Network for Monogastric Animal Feed

Whistance, Lindsay (2019) OK-Net EcoFeed: Organic Knowledge Network for Monogastric Animal Feed. ORC Bulltin, 2019 (128), pp. 6-8.

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When feeding organic farm animals, the goal is to offer balanced diets that are fully organic and from home-grown or regionally-sourced feedstuffs. For monogastrics, pigs and poultry, updated European legislation will come into force in 2021 which will require that “at least 30% of the feed shall come from the farm itself or, if this is not feasible or such feed is not available, shall be produced in cooperation with other organic or in-conversion production units and feed operators using feed and feed material from the same region.” (Regulation EU, 2018). Achieving diets containing 100% organic feed for monogastrics is problematic, and current EU Regulations acknowledge this difficulty by allowing the use of 5% non-organic feed. However, this will cease when the updated legislation comes into force. Senior Livestock Researcher Lindsay Whistancereports on progress being made by the OK-Net EcoFeed project to address the issues.

EPrint Type:Newspaper or magazine article
Keywords:OK-Net EcoFeed, feeding, organic farm animals, home-grown feedstuffs, regionally-sourced feedstuffs, 100% organic feed, EU Regulation
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC)
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:37132
Deposited On:29 Jan 2020 11:32
Last Modified:29 Jan 2020 11:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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