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Feeding and ration planning

Feeding and ration planning

Producing or purchasing feed usually accounts for more than 50 % of costs in organic monogastric production. Growing and manufacturing on-farm feedstuffs can therefore be an important way to reduce costs for farmers. The ration design of organic feed not only takes economic criteria into account, but also ecological and ethical criteria. It therefore differs from the conventional approach and must be specially designed for organic conditions.

To produce an appropriate feed, farmers need to:

  • Know the nutritional value of organic feedstuffs
  • Know the animals' requirements
  • Calculate the nutritional balance between feedstuffs to provide a diet that meets the needs of the animals

Database and calculation tools can provide very important information and services to help the farmers achieve this.


Cultivation of soybeansLatest tool

Cultivation of soybeans

The on-farm cultivation of soybeans presents the farmer with challenges. Climate and location requirements, the preceding crop and crop rotation play…

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Tools

TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
AVIFAF©Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture des Pays de la...OK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2015
Cultivation of faba beansLandesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Gartenbau...OK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Landesanstalt Landwirtschaft2014
Cultivation of soybeansRegierungspräsidium FreiburgOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2018
Feed for organic pigsGård och djurhälsanOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Sweden2009
Feed in organic productionSwedish board of AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , OK-Net Arable , Weitere Organisationen2016
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 broilers in outdoor areas (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Aarhus University AUOK-Net EcoFeed , OK-Net Ecofeed Tools , Department of Animal Science2019
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
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
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 pea productionInstitut du Végétal Arvalis , UNIP , French Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB , Le réseau de l’initiative Bio en Bretagne IBBOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , ARVALIS - Institut du végétal , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture... , Other organizations2014
Organic pig feeding. Feed, rationsBavarian State Research Center for Agriculture LfLOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Landesanstalt Landwirtschaft2020
Organic Poultry Production: Providing Adequate MethionineNCATOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2010
Organic soybeans – Managing quality from field to feedingLandesvereinigung für ökologischen Landbau Bayern...OK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Other organizations2016
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
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
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
Soybean processing technologyResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Agriculture2014
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
Whey in pig feedLa finca de hoyOK-Net EcoFeed , Selected tools , Colombia2017


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