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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.


TitleIssuing organisationYear of releaseRating
Feed in organic productionSwedish board of Agriculture2016
Feeding pigs in organic farming2014
Feeding pigs: effect of silage (OK-Net Ecofeed Video)20195 (2)
Foraging sows on high-protein grassland2018
Fulfilling 100 % organic poultry diets: roughage and foraging from the range2015
Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farmingSEGES2018
Improving health and welfare of pigs - A handbook for organic pig farmers2015
Maize and beans – Organic roughage with benefits?2016
Poultry feeding in organic farming2015
Proteins from organically grown green crops are promising poultry feed2014
Rotating pasture for pregnant sows (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)2019
Roughage for organic laying hens2009
Silage feeding for laying hens (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)2019
Soybean processing technology2014
Using local raw material for broiler feed in organic farming2016

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