animal husbandry

Focus on the amino acid content of energy feedstuff components (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)

Switching poultry rations from 95 % to 100 % organic feed can lead to a reduction in the use of home-grown and regional feed. Currently, conventional maize gluten and conventional potato protein are replaced by organic oilcake (soya, sunflower, rapeseed, sesame). Oilcake has a comparatively low content of important amino acids such as methionine and so higher proportions of oilcake must be used. This can lead to further reductions in the use of regionally produced and home-grown feed components such as cereals.

Recommendations for using soy-based feedstuffs for poultry production (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)

Soya is one of the most important sources of protein in poultry feeding. However, the high crude protein content alone is not sufficient to meet the special needs of poultry on essential amino acids. They need to be supplemented with other components to get optimal amounts and ratios. In poultry, the feeding of raw soya beans is not possible due to digestive inhibiting components (trypsin inhibitors), and must be prepared by thermal treatment. Soya beans have a very high oil content. Full-fat beans can therefore be used in the ration with a maximum of 10 - 12 %.

Switzerland: farm and pasture slaughtering for improved animal welfare

The Federal Council has given the green light for farm and pasture slaughter. Farmer associations and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL, welcome this decision in favour of animal welfare. This decision will enable the respectful and humane slaughtering of livestock. Pilot trials in Switzerland and abroad have shown that animals slaughtered on the farm are subjected to significantly less stress.


Increasing organic yields: risks and benefits – a new study

In conventional agriculture, increases in yields are largely due to increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and thus have come with a number of negative side effects. More recently, there has been a push to increase yields in organic agriculture but there has been little assessment of potential unintended consequences. A new study recently published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development has tried to assess the potential costs and benefits associated with increasing yields within organic agriculture.


Spain: MAPAMA publishes the "Strategy for organic production 2018-2020"

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and the Environment has developed, in response to the needs of the organic sector, a "Strategy for organic production 2018-2020" with the aim to strengthen this strategic Spanish agro-food production sector and its adaptation to the market  trends, in conjunction with the new recently approved European regulatory framework.


The 90th edition of the Italian Agriculture and Livestock Fair: focus on organic

From 16 to 18 February the Garda Exhibition Center in Montichiari (Brescia) will host the edition of the  Italian Agriculture and Livestock Fair: a mirror  of the Italian agricultural sector,  dedicated to farm mechanization , technical means, structures and solutions for breeding, feed and animal welfare.


EIP-AGRI: looking for Focus Group experts

EIP-AGRI, the European Innovation Partnership in productivity and sustainability in agriculture, launched by the European Commission in 2012, aims at promoting competitive and sustainable agricultural and forestry sectors to help ensure a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials, and sustainable management of essential natural resources depending on agriculture and forestry, working in harmony with the environment.

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