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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.



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Organic soybeans – Managing quality from field to feedingMost popular tool

Organic soybeans – Managing quality from field to feeding

Soybeans are rich in protein and have a well-balanced amino acid profile. Since soya fits well for many farms in Europe, it provides also an option…

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Protein requirement for piglets and weaners (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)Latest tool

Protein requirement for piglets and weaners (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)

The acceptance of a reduced level of amino acids in the diet can enable higher use of locally produced protein feed resources and simplify feed…

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Tools

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)
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
AVIFAF©Chambres d’agriculture Pays de la LoireOK-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
Cultivation of faba beansLLG - Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und...OK-Net EcoFeed2014
Cultivation of soybeansRegierungspräsidium FreiburgOK-Net EcoFeed2018
Fattening chickens in organic farmingFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2003
Feed for organic pigsGård och djurhälsanOK-Net EcoFeed2009
Feed in organic productionSwedish board of AgricultureOK-Net Arable , OK-Net EcoFeed2016
Feeding of pigs: effect of silage (OK-Net Ecofeed Video)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed20193.8 (3)
Feeding organic laying hens with insects (OK-Net EcoFeed Video)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed20205 (1)
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
Feeding strategies for broiler chickens (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)Soil AssociationOK-Net EcoFeed20201 (1)
Feedstuffs for organic pigsCREA - Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e...OK-Net EcoFeed2012
Focus on the amino acid content of energy feedstuff components (OK-Net Ecofeed...Öko-Beratungsgesellschaft mbH , Bioland Beratung GmbHOK-Net EcoFeed20205 (1)
Foraging of broilers in outdoor areas (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2019
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 laying hens: providing species-appropriate and sustainable husbandryFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Bioland Beratung , KÖN - Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen , Bio AustriaOK-Net EcoFeed2010
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
Green protein from locally grown crops (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Improving health and welfare of pigs - A handbook for organic pig farmersFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture20154 (1)
Introducing maize, bean and courgettes into the diet of foraging pigs (OK-Net...ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Maize germ cake (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)Soil AssociationOK-Net EcoFeed2020
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 Poultry Production: Providing Adequate MethionineNCAT - National Center for Appropriate TechnologyOK-Net EcoFeed2010
Organic soybeans – Managing quality from field to feedingLVÖ - Landesvereinigung für ökologischen Landbau...OK-Net EcoFeed20165 (1)
Phase feeding for growing and finishing pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Poultry feeding in organic farmingITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net EcoFeed2015
Protein requirement for piglets and weaners (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice Abstract)SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Proteins from organically grown green crops are promising poultry feedICROFS - International Centre for Research in...OK-Net EcoFeed2014
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)
Roughage for organic laying hensØkologisk Landsforening (Danish Organic National...OK-Net EcoFeed2009
Silage feeding for laying hens (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)AU - Aarhus UniversityOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Single-phase feeding and compensatory growth in growing and finishing pigs...SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Soy with less anti-nutritional factors excellent for yields and rationsCRPA - Centro Ricerche Produzioni AnimaliOK-Net EcoFeed2019
Soybean processing technologyFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2014
Toasting soybeans for feeding laying hens (OK-Net EcoFeed Video)Donau Soja , FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2020
Towards 100 % organic diets for poultryITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net EcoFeed2015
Use of a robot to feed roughage, improving welfare of broilersSEGESOK-Net EcoFeed2018
Using local raw material for broiler feed in organic farmingITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food , Chambres d’agriculture Pays de la Loire , IBB - Initiative Bio Bretagne , INRAE - National Research Institute for...OK-Net EcoFeed2016
Whey in pig feedLa finca de hoyOK-Net EcoFeed2017


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