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Organic pig production systems vary greatly in Europe. In some countries, pigs are managed in free-range systems on pasture, while in other countries, pigs are mainly housed in indoor systems with concrete outdoor runs. As a result, management challenges are also different.

One of the major challenges organic pig producers face is producing pig meat of high quality at a moderate price while at the same time not losing sight of high animal health and welfare standards. Animal-friendly and efficient pig production requires the consistent use of all preventive measures in husbandry, hygiene, feeding and management to prevent the development of major diseases, injuries and stress. Other challenges for producers are that the EU regulation for organic farming requires that feed comes from the farm itself or from the same region and that the feed be varied in order to meet the demand for energy and protein at each stage of production.

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Cultivation of soybeans

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TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
Cultivation of soybeansRegierungspräsidium FreiburgOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2018
Feed for organic pigsGård och djurhälsanOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Sweden2009
Feeding grass silage to fattening pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)OK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , FiBL - Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau... , IFOAM EU Group20194.3 (3)
Feeding pigs in organic farmingFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB , Le réseau de l’initiative Bio en Bretagne IBB , Chambre d’agriculture Pays de la Loire , Institut du porc IFIPOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , IFIP - Institut du porc , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture... , Other organizations2014
Feeding pigs silageInnovative FarmersOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations , Soil Association2016
Feeding pigs: effect of silage (OK-Net Ecofeed Video)Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLOK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , Animal Husbandry and Breeding20193.3 (2)
Feedstuffs for organic pigsConsiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e...OK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , CREA2012
Foraging of pigs in outdoor areas (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , Department of Agroecology2020
Foraging sows on high-protein grasslandFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITABOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture...2018
Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farmingSEGESOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , SEGES2018
Improving health and welfare of pigs - A handbook for organic pig farmersResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)ProPIG , Univ. BOKU Wien , Animal Health , Bioinstitut , Institute of Animal Science (VUZV) , Tiergesundheit , Federal Research Institute of Animal Health - FLI , INRA - Institut National de la Recherche... , CRA - National Council of Agricultural Research , Univ. Newcastle2015
Maize and beans – Organic roughage with benefits?Thünen-InstitutOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Institute of Organic Farming - OEL2016
Organic pig feeding. Feed, rationsBavarian State Research Center for Agriculture LfLOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Landesanstalt Landwirtschaft2020
Relevance of roughage feeding to pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Research Institute of Organic Agriculure FiBLOK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , Animal Husbandry and Breeding2019
Rotating pasture for pregnant sows (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Institut de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation...OK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture... , IFOAM EU Group2019
Seaweed as feed supplement (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , Department of Animal Science2020
Strategy options for feeding 100% organic feed to organic monogastric livestockVerbund Ökologische Praxisforschung V.Ö.POK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2014
Whey in pig feedLa finca de hoyOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Colombia2017

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