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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
AVIFAF©Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture des Pays de la...2015
Feed in organic productionSwedish board of Agriculture2016
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 IFIP2014
Feeding pigs: effect of silage (OK-Net Ecofeed Video)Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20193.3 (2)
Foraging sows on high-protein grasslandFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB2018
Fulfilling 100 % organic poultry diets: roughage and foraging from the rangeOrganic Research Centre ORC, Elm Farm2015
Grass protein - a golden chance to improve organic farmingSEGES2018
Improving health and welfare of pigs - A handbook for organic pig farmersResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)2015
Maize and beans – Organic roughage with benefits?Thünen-Institut2016
Poultry feeding in organic farmingFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB2015
Proteins from organically grown green crops are promising poultry feedICROFS: International Centre for Research in...2014
Rotating pasture for pregnant sows (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Institut de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation...2019
Roughage for organic laying hensØkologisk Landsforening (Danish Organic National...2009
Silage feeding for laying hens (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)Aarhus University (AU)2019
Soybean processing technologyResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2014
Using local raw material for broiler feed in organic farmingITAB , Chambre d’agricultures des Pays de la Loire , IBB , INRA2016

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