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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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|AVIFAF©||Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture des Pays de la...||2015|
|Blue mussels as feedstuff (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)||Aarhus University||2020|
|Cultivation of soybeans||Regierungspräsidium Freiburg||2018|
|Foraging of broilers in outdoor areas (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)||Aarhus University AU||2019|
|Fulfilling 100 % organic poultry diets: roughage and foraging from the range||Organic Research Centre ORC, Elm Farm||2015|
|Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farming||SEGES||2018|
|Green protein from locally grown crops (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)||Aarhus University AU||2020|
|Inclusion of some dehulled legume grains as concentrates for broiler chicks||ANSInet||2012|
|Making poultry feed more sustainable||Organic Research Centre ORC, Elm Farm||2012|
|Organic Poultry Production: Providing Adequate Methionine||NCAT||2010|
|Planting an outdoor area for organic laying hens||Økologisk Landsforening||2015|
|Poultry feeding in organic farming||French Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB||2015|
|Profile of a farm with integrated soya production, processing and laying hen...||Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFI||2018|
|Proteins from organically grown green crops are promising poultry feed||ICROFS: International Centre for Research in...||2014|
|Roughage for organic laying hens||Økologisk Landsforening (Danish Organic National...||2009|
|Silage feeding for laying hens (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)||Aarhus University (AU)||2019|
|Starfish as feedstuff (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)||Aarhus University||2020|
|Strategy options for feeding 100% organic feed to organic monogastric livestock||Verbund Ökologische Praxisforschung V.Ö.P||2014|
|Toasting soybeans for feeding laying hens (OK-Net EcoFeed Video)||Donau Soja , Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL||2020|
|Towards 100 % organic diets for poultry||French Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB||2015|
|Use of a robot to feed roughage, improving welfare of broilers||SEGES||2018|
|Using local raw material for broiler feed in organic farming||ITAB , Chambre d’agricultures des Pays de la Loire , IBB , INRA||2016|
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