New scientific publication on riboflavin supplementation in organic chicken feed

The RELACS project, which aims at finding alternatives to contentious inputs in organic farming, released a new scientific paper inquiring methods and strategies for adjusting riboflavin supplements in organic feeds.

The study finds that supplementing 4mg riboflavin per kg feed is recommended for ensuring healthy hens and chicks.

To achieve this result, researchers compared two feeding experiments. Experiment A compared different riboflavin supplementations in parent stock hens and cockerels, while experiment B compared different levels of riboflavin supplementations in their offspring. Based on their findings, comparably low levels of riboflavin supplementation to parent hens and their offspring (broilers) resulted in no clinical symptoms of vitamin B2 deficiency in either hens or chicks. A supplementation level of 4mg riboflavin per kg feed is therefore recommended as it resulted in healthy animals.

Learn more about these findings and other scientific publications on RELACS’s website.

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RELACS seeks to promote the development and adoption of environmentally safe and economically viable tools and technologies to reduce the use of external inputs in organic farming systems. IFOAM Organics Europe is responsible for the communication and dissemination of project results as well as the coordination of the science-practice-policy dialogue.

RELACS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773431. This communication only reflects the author’s view. The Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.

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