The formulation of a pigs diet has become extremely sophisticated, and accounts for 70-80% of the cost of pig production. Organic farming requires an integrated, whole-farm approach to food production which takes into account of sustainability, environmental and animal welfare considerations.
The selection of appropriate diets and feeding strategies is easily improved by following simple rules for diet formulation, provided by the nutritional value and feeding characteristics of different raw materials for organic pig diets.
This handbook is designed to assist organic pig producers in selecting appropriate diets and feeding
strategies by summarising the relevant knowledge from conventional pig nutrition, discussing the ways in
which organic systems may differ, presenting simple rules for diet formulation and providing information related to the nutritional value and feeding characteristics of different raw materials for organic pig diets.
The target group of this tool is organic farmers (new, converted or experienced) and advisors.
This tool is relevant in all locations where pigs are being raised.