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Pigs

Pigs

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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Rotational grazing for organic pregnant sows to replace protein components (OK-Net Ecofeed Video)

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TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
Acorns for fattening free-range pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Ecovalia - Asociación Valor Ecológico , Universidad de CórdobaOK-Net EcoFeed20204.5 (2)
Animal-friendly pig husbandry: an advisory tool for SwazilandFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Sahee FoundationOK-Net EcoFeed2016
Appropriate feed strategies for organic sows and their pigletsFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Bioland , Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen , KÖN - Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen , University of KasselOK-Net EcoFeed2011
Avoiding too large of a litter and piglet lossesFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2015
Blue mussels as feedstuff (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Boar fattening on organic farms: animal-friendly alternative to castrationFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2013
Breeding sows in organic farmingFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Bio SuisseOK-Net EcoFeed2002
Brewer’s yeast for organic pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Ecovalia - Asociación Valor Ecológico , Universidad de CórdobaOK-Net EcoFeed20201 (1)
Cultivation of soybeansRegierungspräsidium FreiburgOK-Net EcoFeed2018
Feed for organic pigsGård och djurhälsanOK-Net EcoFeed2009
Feeding grass silage to fattening pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed20194.3 (3)
Feeding of pigs: effect of silage (OK-Net Ecofeed Video)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed20193.8 (3)
Feeding pigs in organic farmingITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , Le réseau de l’initiative Bio en Bretagne IBB , Chambres d’agriculture Pays de la Loire , Institut du porc IFIPOK-Net EcoFeed2014
Feeding pigs silageInnovative FarmersOK-Net EcoFeed2016
Feedstuffs for organic pigsCREA - Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e...OK-Net EcoFeed2012
Foraging of pigs in outdoor areas (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Foraging sows on high-protein grasslandITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net EcoFeed2018
Free-range pigs: high animal welfare with appropriate infrastructure and...FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Fulfilling 100% organic pig diets: Feeding roughage and foraging from the rangeORC - Organic Research Centre, Elm FarmOK-Net EcoFeed20153 (2)
Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farmingSEGESOK-Net EcoFeed2018
Group suckling in organic pig husbandryFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Bioland Beratung GmbH , KÖN - Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau NiedersachsenOK-Net EcoFeed2011
Hygiene management in organic pig husbandryFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Bioland Beratung GmbH , KÖN - Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen , Bio AustriaOK-Net EcoFeed2011
Improving health and welfare of pigs - A handbook for organic pig farmersFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture20154 (1)
Inclusion of some dehulled legume grains as concentrates for broiler chicksANSInetOK-Net EcoFeed2012
Introducing maize, bean and courgettes into the diet of foraging pigs (OK-Net...ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Maize and beans – Organic roughage with benefits?Thünen InstituteOK-Net EcoFeed2016
Optimising weaning management in pigletsFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Bioland Beratung GmbH , KÖN - Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen , Bio AustriaOK-Net EcoFeed2011
Organic pig feeding. Feed, rationsLfL - Bavarian State Research Center for...OK-Net EcoFeed2020
Organic pig production in Europe: health management in common organic pig...FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture2011
Phase feeding for growing and finishing pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Prevent tail biting: watching – thinking – actingFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , FBN , FLI - Friedrich Löffler Institut , WUR - Wageningen University and Research , INRAE - National Research Institute for... , CEA LETI , DTI - Danish Technological InstituteOK-Net EcoFeed2017
Protein requirement for piglets and weaners (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Recommendations for using soya-based feedstuffs in pig husbandry (OK-Net Ecofeed...Donau SojaOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Relevance of roughage feeding to pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Rotating pasture for pregnant sows (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Rotational grazing for organic pregnant sows to replace protein components...ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , Chambres d’agriculture Pays de la Loire , Institut de l'ElevageOK-Net EcoFeed20205 (1)
Seaweed as feed supplement (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Single-phase feeding and compensatory growth in growing and finishing pigs...SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Starfish as feedstuff (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Strategy options for feeding 100% organic feed to organic monogastric livestockVerbund Ökologische Praxisforschung V.Ö.POK-Net EcoFeed2014
Successful weaning of organic pigletsFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Bio Austria , Bioland , Bio Suisse , Demeter , IBLA Luxemburg , KÖN - Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau NiedersachsenOK-Net EcoFeed2014
Whey for fattening organic pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Ecovalia - Asociación Valor Ecológico , Universidad de CórdobaOK-Net EcoFeed20203.7 (3)
Whey in pig feedLa finca de hoyOK-Net EcoFeed2017


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