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Feeding organic laying hens with insects (OK-Net EcoFeed Video)

{Tool} Feeding organic laying hens with insects (OK-Net EcoFeed Video). Creator(s): Alföldi, Thomas and Früh, Barbara. Issuing Organisation(s): FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. OK-Net Ecofeed Video. (2020)

[thumbnail of Youtube-video] Video (MPEG) - English (Youtube-video)

Document available online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX0hyG3gXZY

Summary in the original language of the document

This video presents take-aways from FiBL’s organic feeding trials on laying hens on both processed and live insect larvae.
In the feeding trial on processed insect meal - half and all of the soy feed was replaced with insect meal – comparing 12% and 24%. The experimental groups of laying hens did not differ in terms of laying performance, feed consumption and animal health. In the group with 24 % insect meal, cases of diarrhoea occur and a lower weight development was recorded. We can conclude that a 24% insect meal content in the laying hen feed is at the upper limit.
Looking to the feeding trials with live mealworms -each hen received 10 g mealworms per day. The hens were regularly weighed, feed consumption and laying performance egg quality was assessed. Only the feed consumption per hen showed a significant difference in favour of the mealworm groups. Laying performance, plumage score, egg quality index and riboflavin content in the eggs did not differ significantly between control and experimental group. This tool could be useful for organic farmers and farm advisors, however it may be interesting for all viewers interested in more sustainable feed sources.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Feeding of insects: a potential solution to the protein gap?
What problem does the tool address?:In organic laying hen production, meeting the animals' demand for protein with the required amino acid profile, via a sustainable source, remains a major challenge.
What solution does the tool offer?:Feeding of insects offers new possibilities to overcome the protein gap in organic farming.
Type of Practice Tool:Video
Keywords:animal husbandry, layer chickens, layers, amino acids, feeding
Agrovoc keywords:
animal husbandry
layer chickens
amino acids
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
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 > Knowledge exchange > Advice
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Knowledge exchange > Videos
European Union > Organic Farm Knowledge
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773911
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/38115, https://orgprints.org/38115, https://www.fibl.org, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/photos/a.341364110046066/697776167738190, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1273588108769067008
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:38115
Deposited On:04 Jun 2020 07:42
Last Modified:02 May 2024 10:31
Document Language:English

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