What is the impact of 100% organic feeding on layer hens’ performance?
100% organic feeding for layer hens is possible without impact on performance but it’s a bit more expensive.
100% organic feeding will be compulsory at the end of 2020. This trial compares the performance of layers fed with 95% organic and 100% organic feeding. 100% organic feeding meets the layers needs while maintaining animal performance and egg quality. Also, no negative impact on hens’ welfare was observed. However, the cost of 100% organic feeding led to an increase in total feeding costs, so now the question; where will this supplement be found? This document can help farmers and feed producers to change feeding formulation from 95% to 100% organic.
This tool is specific for organic hen producers and is relevant for all locations, particularly in the European Union where 100% organic feed is mandated by the end of 2020.