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".


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.


More antibiotic-resistant E. coli found in conventional and antibiotic-free chicken meat than organic

The use of antibiotics is prohibited in organic farming, while the liberal use of antibiotics in conventional livestock production causes great concern for the development of antibiotic resistance. Indeed, a recent study published in the journal Animals  concurs with the growing body of science that shows livestock produced with antibiotics results in more antibiotic-resistant bacteria that causes food-borne illness in humans. In efforts to combat antibiotic resistance to many currently used antibiotics, a new class of antibiotics, β-lactam, has been developed.


Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Escherichia coli and ESBL-Producing Escherichia coli Diffusion in Conventional, Organic and Antibiotic-Free Meat Chickens at Slaughter

As a result of public health concerns regarding antimicrobial resistance in animal-based food products, conventional poultry companies have turned to ‘raised without antibiotics’ (ABF) and organic farming systems. In this work, we evaluated the influence of rearing systems on antimicrobial susceptibility in E. coli and extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESLB) E. coli diffusion in conventional (C), organic (O) and antibiotic free (ABF) chicken samples collected from cloacal swabs and skin samples in slaughterhouse. The E.

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 %.

COP and Expert Group: the Mipaaft note

We publish the note No 11898 of 20 February 2019 about the “Organic Farming Expert Group” held in Brussels last 30 January and about the "Commitee on Organic Production (COP)” meetingheld on 30/31 January and  1 February 2019.

Note No 11898 of 20 February 2019 (in Italian)

Source: Mipaaft



EIP - AGRI: research of experts in the poultry field

The European Innovation Partnership on Agriculture and Sustainability EIP-AGRI is about to launch a new Focus Group on "Reduction of antimicrobial use in the poultry industry", in which 20 experts will meet to try to answer the main question of the Focus group:


COP held in Brussels on 28-29 November: the Mipaaft note

We publish the Mipaaft note (in Italian) No 92764 of 12/28/2018 drafted by the Organic Farming Unit about the last  COP (Committee on Organic Production) held in Brussels last 28-29 November. All the annexes are in English.

Note No 92764 of 12/28/2018



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