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OK-Net Ecofeed project: feeding insects for organic layers

Feeding of insects offers new possibilities to overcome the protein gap in organic farming. This is what the UE OK-Net EcoFeed project presents through a video (which can be seen at this LINK) .


Progetto OK-Net Ecofeed: nutrire con insetti le ovaiole biologiche

L'alimentazione con insetti offre nuove possibilità per superare il divario proteico nell'agricoltura biologica. E’ quanto presenta attraverso un video (che si può vedere a questo LINK ) il progetto UE OK-Net EcoFeed .


OK-Net Ecofeed project: whey for fattening organic pigs

OK-Net Ecofeed has published a new sheet, useful for pig farmers, regarding the use of whey for fattening organic pigs. EU regulations indicate that organic agriculture will be obliged to provide feed derived from 100% organic origin by 2021. To assure the sustainability of the feed supply, the regional feeds and raw materials shall be preferred. It is necessary to look for mutually beneficial collaborations with the organic sector stakeholders, such as the food industry.


Progetto OK-Net Ecofeed: siero di latte per l’ingrasso dei suini biologici

OK-Net Ecofeed ha pubblicato una nuova scheda, utile agli allevatori di suini, riguardante l’utilizzo del siero di latte per il loro ingrasso. I regolamenti dell'UE indicano che l'agricoltura biologica sarà obbligata a fornire alimentazione per gli animali al 100% di origine biologica entro il 2021. Per garantire la sostenibilità dell'approvvigionamento di mangimi, saranno preferiti i mangimi e le materie prime regionali.


OK-Net Ecofeed: rotational grazing for organic pregnant sows to replace protein components

An interesting video of OK-Net Ecofeed project (it can be downloaded HERE) highlights a research on rotational grazing to replace protein components in organic pregnant sows. As approximately 80% of production costs are feed costs, the video shows that it possible to partially replace feed with grazing. Grassland rich in legumes, rotated properly with paddocks can help to replace some supplied feed and therefore decrease production costs.


OK-Net Ecofeed: rotazione del pascolo per scrofe biologiche gravide come sostituto della componente proteica

Un interessante video del progetto OK-Net Ecofeed (che è possibile scaricare QUI) fa il punto sulla possibilità di sostituire le componenti dell'alimentazione proteica con un pascolo appropriato per quanto riguarda le scrofe allevate con il sistema biologico. Il problema sorge per i costi elevati dell’alimentazione, che raggiungono circa l'80% dei costi di produzione.


Focus on the amino acid content of energy feedstuff components (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)

Switching poultry rations from 95 % to 100 % organic feed can lead to a reduction in the use of home-grown and regional feed. Currently, conventional maize gluten and conventional potato protein are replaced by organic oilcake (soya, sunflower, rapeseed, sesame). Oilcake has a comparatively low content of important amino acids such as methionine and so higher proportions of oilcake must be used. This can lead to further reductions in the use of regionally produced and home-grown feed components such as cereals.

Recommendations for using soy-based feedstuffs for poultry production (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)

Soya is one of the most important sources of protein in poultry feeding. However, the high crude protein content alone is not sufficient to meet the special needs of poultry on essential amino acids. They need to be supplemented with other components to get optimal amounts and ratios. In poultry, the feeding of raw soya beans is not possible due to digestive inhibiting components (trypsin inhibitors), and must be prepared by thermal treatment. Soya beans have a very high oil content. Full-fat beans can therefore be used in the ration with a maximum of 10 - 12 %.

Foraging organic pigs: contribution of protein-rich fodder to finish pigs

Carl Sheard is an organic pig farmer (45 sows) in the Pays de La Loire region of France. He is experimenting a system of outdoor fattening using various combinations of forage crops. In the OK-Net Ecofeed project, a trial began at his farm this autumn 2019. The aim is to provide a diverse range of mixed forage crops throughout the year and evaluate the interest of pig foraging in fattening/finishing. The expected results are to reduce the amount of concentrate feeding and improve the nutritional quality of carcasses.


Foraggiamento di maiali biologici: il contributo di un foraggio ricco in proteine per la finitura dei suini

Il progetto OK NET Ecofeed presenta un contributo di un allevatore francese di suini biologici (45 scrofe), Carl Sheard, attivo nella regione francese della Loira. Sta sperimentando un sistema di ingrasso all'aperto usando varie combinazioni di colture foraggere. Nel progetto la sperimentazione nella sua azienda è iniziata nell'autunno 2019. L'obiettivo è fornire una gamma diversificata di colture foraggere miste durante tutto l'anno e valutarne l’importanza per l’ingrasso / finitura dei maiali.



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