Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Science Search

Science and Research Projects

Return to Science Search homepage   Return to Project List

CORE 2: Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry (ICOPP) - OF0395

Description
This project is highlighted by the requirement to base the feeding of organic produced poultry and pigs on feed of 100% organic origin from the 1st January 2012. The aim is to produce economically profitable feeding strategies based on 100% organic feed across Europe, which will supply poultry and pigs the required level of nutrients in different phases of production and support high animal health and welfare. This is done on the basis of the following tasks:
• Improved knowledge of availability and nutritional value of underutilised or new organic feed ingredients per animal category with a focus on local feed resources
• Improved understanding of the possible benefits of roughage inclusion in relation to nutritional and behavioural needs as well as its impact on health and welfare
• Understanding how direct foraging in the outdoor area can contribute to meeting the animals nutritional needs
• Assessing the economic and environmental consequences of increased reliance on local organically produced feed

The working hypothesis is that it is possible - through an extended knowledge of the characteristics of different local feeds and their wider impact on growth, health and welfare and environment - to produce strategies which comply with the aims for high animal welfare, production economy and environmental concerns. Through co-operation between 11 partners, a range of feeding experiments will be carried out with pigs (sows, piglets and finishers) and poultry (layers and broilers), clustered around concentrate feedstuffs, roughage, and foraging. The insight gained from these activities will be used to analyse and produce feeding strategies adapted to the differences in local feed supply, the economic impact related to different feed procurement, and variations in production structure in different countries/agroecological zones in Europe

See CORE Organic website for further details and project outputs: http://www.coreorganic2.org/

http://www.coreorganic2.org/upload/coreorganic2/document/leaflet_icopp_2012.pdf
Objective
2.2 Objectives

The overall aim is to produce economically profitable feeding strategies based on 100% organic feed applicable to organic monogastric production systems across Europe, which will supply poultry and pigs the required level of nutrients in different phases of production and support high animal health and welfare, while also taking environmental effects into consideration. This aim will be fulfilled by addressing the following objectives:

• Improved knowledge of availability and nutritional value (in the widest sense) of underutilized or new organic feed ingredients per animal category, with the focus on local feed resources
• Improved understanding of the possible benefits of roughage inclusion in relation to covering nutritional and behavioural needs as well as the impact on health and welfare
• Understanding how direct foraging on crops and pasture in the outdoor area can contribute to covering the nutritional needs of pigs and poultry differing in genetics (inclination for activity)
• Assessing economic and environmental consequences of increased reliance on local organically produced feed

WP 1:(a) To evaluate the availability and suitability of local feeds of relevance for pigs and poultry throughout Europe.(b) To evaluate the potential for increasing the self-supply of organic feed components within Europe (c) To provide examples of innovative feeding strategies under different conditions for organic poultry and pig farmers. The findings of this WP will feed into all the subsequent feed trials.
WP 2: Evaluation of feeding value of novel feed resources throughout Europe by a common methodology will facilitate exchange of results across countries, easy knowledge transfer and ultimate ease producer’s possibility to composite an appropriate diet for monogastrics
WP 3: Testing and evaluation of various local feed ingredients and diets of 100% organic origin concerning their suitability for contributing to the nutritional needs of pigs and poultry
WP 4: a) To explore to what extent fibrous roughage can contribute to covering the nutritional requirements of slaughter pigs and poultry in different stages of life, b) to identify the role of roughage in supporting gut health and c) to investigate effects on product quality.
WP 5: To evaluate to what extent foraging in the range area can contribute to the nutritional needs of different genotypes of broilers and pigs.
WP 6: to develop economical profitable feeding strategies based on 100% organic feed applicable to organic monogastric production systems across Europe that at the same time support animal health and welfare and have improved environmental impacts compared to the current prevailing systems.
WP 7: Dissemination and exploitation of project findings and outputs to ensure that information is generated in a range of user-focused formats to support the development of economically viable, local, 100% organic feed systems for monogastrics.
WP 8: To ensure the development of the project according to the work plan with particular emphasis on the between WP communication and quality control in outputs
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2014

Cost: £104,545
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Progressive Farming Trust Ltd, FAI Farms Ltd
Keywords
Animal Feed              
Organic Farming              
Sustainable Farming and Food Science