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Organic broiler production systems vary greatly in Europe. Usually they are either free-range systems, with mobile houses, where animals are free to move from inside to pasture, or systems with a fixed house and controlled access to a grazing area. In both cases the feeding area is situated indoors.

Farmers have to respect the European regulation for organic production, which requires that they use feed produced on their own land or in the same region. Otherwise, farmers can buy feed that has been certified by approved certification schemes. In organic broiler production, one of the major difficulties for the farmers is to produce meat with slow growing breeds at reasonable cost. Broilers must remain on the farm for a minimum of 81 days before reaching the slaughter age. It is important to find the right compromise between genetic type and feeding intensity, in order to respect the demand for energy, protein and amino acids at each stage of production.

Respecting animal behaviour and welfare is very important in order to reduce stress and diseases, and to preserve animal health. To help achieve this, broilers needs to have access to a free range area of at least 4 square metres per animal (580 broilers/hectare), and coverage surface about 10 square metres per animal.

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TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
AVIFAF©Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture des Pays de la...OK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2015
Cultivation of soybeansRegierungspräsidium FreiburgOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2018
Foraging of broilers in outdoor areas (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Aarhus University AUOK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , Department of Animal Science2019
Fulfilling 100 % organic poultry diets: roughage and foraging from the rangeOrganic Research Centre ORC, Elm FarmICOPP , OK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm2015
Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farmingSEGESOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , SEGES2018
Green protein from locally grown cropsAarhus University AUOK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , Department of Animal Science2020
Making poultry feed more sustainableOrganic Research Centre ORC, Elm FarmOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm2012
Organic Poultry Production: Providing Adequate MethionineNCATOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2010
Planting an outdoor area for organic laying hensØkologisk LandsforeningOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Weitere Organisationen2015
Poultry feeding in organic farmingFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITABOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture...2015
Profile of a farm with integrated soya production, processing and laying hen...Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFIOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Weitere Organisationen2018
Proteins from organically grown green crops are promising poultry feedICROFS: International Centre for Research in...OK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , ICROFS - International Centre for Research in...2014
Roughage for organic laying hensØkologisk Landsforening (Danish Organic National...Selected tools , Weitere Organisationen2009
Silage feeding for laying hens (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Aarhus University (AU)OK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , Department of Animal Science , FiBL - Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau... , IFOAM EU Group2019
Strategy options for feeding 100% organic feed to organic monogastric livestockVerbund Ökologische Praxisforschung V.Ö.POK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2014
Towards 100 % organic diets for poultryFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITABOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture...2015
Using local raw material for broiler feed in organic farmingITAB , Chambre d’agricultures des Pays de la Loire , IBB , INRAOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , INRA - Institut National de la Recherche... , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture... , Other organizations2016

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