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FiBL report shows organic protein availability and demand

Cover of the ICOPP report

Ruminants should mainly eat roughage and little to no concentrate feed. (Photo: FiBL)

Crude protein requirements of pigs, poultry and bovine animals for all ICOPP countries. (Source: FiBL)

The aim of the study, carried out as part of the project "Improved Contribution of local feed to support 100 % Organic feed supply to Pigs and Poultry" (ICOPP), was to assess feed availability and demand throughout the countries of the ICOPP project and Europe. The self-sufficiency regarding organic feed for monogastrics was calculated for each of the countries participating in the project.

There is a need to explore and evaluate the practical possibilities of the requirement to use entirely organically produced feed for livestock, from both a production and animal welfare point of view. The CORE Organic II project, ICOPP, was initiated to suggest economically viable feeding strategies based on 100 % organic feed across Europe, to supply poultry and pigs with the required level of nutrients in different phases of production and support high animal health and welfare. The existing literature and relevant statistical data on organic feed has been compiled in this report written by FiBL-experts in order to evaluate the availability of feeds across Europe. Information sources for protein contents of key crops, as well as existing data on the protein demands of pigs and poultry for the feeding calculations were investigated. Based on these data, the balance between feed supply and feed demand was calculated in terms of dry matter, energy, crude protein, and essential amino acids.

ICOPP is the acronym of the project ”Improved Contribution of local feed to support 100 % Organic feed supply to Pigs and Poultry,” which ran from 2011 to 2014.

It was funded through the European CORE Organic II ERA-net programme to support organic research, and led by Aarhus University in Denmark with 13 partners from 10 EU countries.

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