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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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Blue mussels as feedstuff (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)Aarhus University2020
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Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farmingSEGES2018
Green protein from locally grown crops (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)Aarhus University AU2020
Inclusion of some dehulled legume grains as concentrates for broiler chicksANSInet2012
Making poultry feed more sustainableOrganic Research Centre ORC, Elm Farm2012
Organic Poultry Production: Providing Adequate MethionineNCAT2010
Planting an outdoor area for organic laying hensØkologisk Landsforening2015
Poultry feeding in organic farmingFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB2015
Profile of a farm with integrated soya production, processing and laying hen...Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFI2018
Proteins from organically grown green crops are promising poultry feedICROFS: International Centre for Research in...2014
Roughage for organic laying hensØkologisk 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 University2020
Strategy options for feeding 100% organic feed to organic monogastric livestockVerbund Ökologische Praxisforschung V.Ö.P2014
Toasting soybeans for feeding laying hens (OK-Net EcoFeed Video)Donau Soja , Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2020
Towards 100 % organic diets for poultryFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB2015
Use of a robot to feed roughage, improving welfare of broilersSEGES2018
Using local raw material for broiler feed in organic farmingITAB , Chambre d’agricultures des Pays de la Loire , IBB , INRA2016


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