Il progetto TP Organics promuove un sondaggio per il progetto H2020 "PATHWAYS for transitions to sustainability in livestock husbandry and food systems", volto a valutare gli interessi dei produttori zootecnici biologici: viene chiesta l’opinione riguardo all'importanza dei servizi eco-sistemici che possono essere influenzati (positivamente o negativamente) dall'allevamento biologico.
72° incontro della Federazione Europea delle Scienze Animali: una sessione dedicata alla zootecnia biologica
A healthy intestinal system in broilers is important to ensure optimal growth and lower mortality. Adding lactic acid bacteria to drinking water or feeding maize silage, could improve performance and have a positive effect on the digestibility of nutrients.
Clover-grass protein by bio-refining: nutrient composition and shelf life (OK-Net EcoFeed practice abstract)
Alternative protein sources can increase the use of locally produced protein, supporting the transition to 100% organic feeding. Clover-grass concentrate has a high protein content with a good amino acid profile for poultry. It is necessary to dry the green protein paste to maintain a good quality, but the drying process is expensive.
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 %.