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Feeding insects for organic layers (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Feeding insects for organic layers (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Früh, Barbara; Alföldi, Thomas and Gearing, Jessica. Issuing Organisation(s): FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract, no. 037. (2020)

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Summary in the original language of the document

Live insects and larval meal can replace soy in feed rations. The amino acid profile of insects corresponds to the dietary needs of fish, poultry or swine animals, especially relating to amino acids like lysine, threonine, methionine, and tryptophan.
Practical recommendations
• Processed insect protein legally belongs to the group of ‘animal proteins’ and is currently not permitted in livestock feed; however, this legislsation does not apply to the feeding of live insects, as this is not a processed feed.
• Due the high fat content of the live larvae or worms there is an upper limit, which cannot be determined at present with the available results from the feeding trail.
• Feeding live mealworms (Tenebrio) (Fig. 2) to laying hens does not reduce aggressive behaviour (based on results of a FiBL trial, where hens received 10 g of live mealworms per day).

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:A key challenge remains to achieve organic and sustainable monogastric feeding strategies: meeting their protein and essential amino acid needs with locally sourced feedstuffs.
What solution does the tool offer?:Feeding of insects offers new possibilities to overcome the protein gap in organic farming. Insect feeds offer a sustainable and local alternative to commonly used protein feed sources.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:animal husbandry, layer chickens, rations, feeding
Agrovoc keywords:
layer chickens
animal husbandry
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 > Animal > Poultry
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal nutrition > Protein supply
European Union > Organic Farm Knowledge
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773911
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/38429
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:38429
Deposited On:25 Sep 2020 15:11
Last Modified:02 May 2024 10:32
Document Language:English

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