“Helping meet organic farmers’ needs: Training on ration planning tool” – 18 March 2021, online

Formulating feed rations for organic pigs and poultry is a challenge. OK-Net Ecofeed’s new ration planning tool helps you meet the nutritional needs of your animals. OK-Net EcoFeed  aims to help farmers achieve a 100% organic diet for monogastric animals.


Feeding organic pigs: a handbook of raw materials and recommendations for feeding practice

The project “Organic Farm Knowledge” has published a handbook, produced by Professor Sandra Edwards, School of Agriculture Food & Rural Development, University of Newcastle,  dedicated to raw materials and recommendations for pig feeding practices.

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.


PPILOW project: now available the second newsletter

PPILOW is a European project which aims to co-construct through a multi-actor approach solutions to improve the welfare of poultry and pigs reared in organic and low-input outdoor production systems. It started in 2019 and will run until 2024.


"Improving sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production": final conference of the OK-Net EcoFeed project in January 2021

Save the date: on 25-26 January OK-Net EcoFeed announces the final conference of the project which brings together 4 research projects: OK-Net EcoFeed, PPILOW, Freebirds and POWER. The theme will be "Improving sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production".


Core Organic II: “A tool improving health and welfare of pigs”, a handbook available in 8 languages

This handbook, developed as part of the CoreOrganic II project ProPig and published on the Organic Farm Knowledge platform, summarises the expertise of farmers, consultants, scientists and technical literature for maintaining the health of pigs. Organic pig producers face the major challenge to produce pig meat of high quality and at a moderate price based on high animal health and welfare standards.


Save the date – Online conference on sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production

The EU project OK-Net EcoFeed announces its final project conference bringing together four Horizon 2020 projects: OK-Net EcoFeed, PPILOW, FreeBirds and POWER. The joint online conference "Improving sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production" will take place from 25 to 26 January 2021.


OK-Net Ecofeed project: whey for fattening organic pigs

OK-Net Ecofeed has published a new sheet, useful for pig farmers, regarding the use of whey for fattening organic pigs. EU regulations indicate that organic agriculture will be obliged to provide feed derived from 100% organic origin by 2021. To assure the sustainability of the feed supply, the regional feeds and raw materials shall be preferred. It is necessary to look for mutually beneficial collaborations with the organic sector stakeholders, such as the food industry.


Recommendations for using soya-based feedstuffs in organic pig husbandry

Soya beans are rich in protein with a valuable composition of amino acids but also contain anti-nutritive substances (trypsin inhibitors) and approximately 20% fat, which can limit the applicability in organic pig husbandry. If soya beans are pressed and heat treated, the products can be used in organic feed rations for pigs. Critical points in ration planning must be considered to achieve a high meat quality.

Foraging organic pigs: contribution of protein-rich fodder to finish pigs

Carl Sheard is an organic pig farmer (45 sows) in the Pays de La Loire region of France. He is experimenting a system of outdoor fattening using various combinations of forage crops. In the OK-Net Ecofeed project, a trial began at his farm this autumn 2019. The aim is to provide a diverse range of mixed forage crops throughout the year and evaluate the interest of pig foraging in fattening/finishing. The expected results are to reduce the amount of concentrate feeding and improve the nutritional quality of carcasses.


The Mipaaft note on the last COP meeting (26-27 September)

We publish the note No 73178 of 18 October 2018 drafted by the Mipaaft "Organic Farming Unit" on the last COP (Committee on Organic Production) meeting,  held in Brussels last 26-27 September (whose agenda can be found HERE).

Note No 73178 of 18 October 2018 (in Italian)



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