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Use of organic Camelina in laying hen feed (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice abstract)

{Tool} Use of organic Camelina in laying hen feed (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice abstract). Creator(s): Micheloni, Cristina. Issuing Organisation(s): AIAB - Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica. OK-Net Ecofeed Practice abstract. (2021)

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To diversify hens' diet with a locally grown crop that can improve the quality of feed in terms of amino acids bal-ance, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants content that improve hen health and productivity (Figure 2).
Camelina cake, on average, has 34% protein and 10% fat. The protein includes 38% of essential amino acids with a 2,65% of methionine. In the oil omega 3: omega 6 is 2:1.
Camelina can be included in the laying hens diet up to a maximum of 10% (due to anti-nutritional factors that, with higher contents, can affect animal health). In the practical trial, 3,5% of camelina cake replaced the same amount of soya bean cake (Figure 3). 1,5% of camelina oil was also added to the feed. Later trials support the possibility to increase the percentage of camelina cake and, with specific varieties characterized by low anti-nutritional factors, potentially no limits need be set.
The trial indicated that camelina cake and oil can be fed through the whole hens' productive life cycle and, com-pared to the usual feed (based on soya bean cake), resulted in:
• no negative effects on laying parameters (number of eggs, dimension of eggs etc.)
• no negative effect on physical egg parameters (i.e. albumen viscosity does not change; the shell is reported to be more resistant)
• higher omega 3 contents in eggs (Figure 4).
• longer productive life of hens.
Overall, the value of the eggs was increased, the production costs decreased and animal welfare improved.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:Soya bean is a major source of protein for laying hens, that cannot be cultivated everywhere and is unbalanced in terms of amino acids contents. An alternative, Came-lina, contains interesting types and amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and tocopherols (Vit. E).
What solution does the tool offer?:To use camelina cake as partial replacement of soya bean cake in laying hens feed and the addition of camelina oil to improve hen health and egg quality (Figure 1).
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:soybeans, soya bean, feeding, broiler chickens, broiler, layer chickens, layers, camelina
Agrovoc keywords:
broiler chickens
layer chickens
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
Italy > AIAB
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773911
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39649, https://aiab.it/, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/posts/237926894786619, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1384115218830139392
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:39649
Deposited On:31 Mar 2021 10:52
Last Modified:17 Jun 2022 11:37
Document Language:English

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