The requirement for 100 % organic feed raises many questions in the poultry sectors and among organic feed manufacturers. One of the risk is that protein dependence on soybean imports might be increased. Also, it might generate technical and economic uncertainties.
This article presents the results of an evaluation of innovative raw materials and formulation strategies to achieve 100 % organic feed.
The article summarises the results of French and European research projects. It presents the vegetable protein market for animal feed, the nutritional values of various high-protein raw materials and the results of testing formulation strategies (diversification of raw materials and foraging). New raw materials are interesting, but not available and/or expensive. The tests reveal additional costs related to feed price and increased consumption indices. Formulation strategies with lower levels of protein in the finishing period make it possible to limit these obstacles. This article is mainly interesting for advisors. It is specific to organic farming, but not limited to a geographical area.
ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food
Chambres d’agricultures des Pays de la Loire
IBB - Initiative Bio Bretagne
INRAE - National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment