OK-Net EcoFeed ration planning tool training, meeting organic farmers’ needs – 18 March 2021, online

On 18 March, ITAB organised a training on the ration planning tool developed within the OK-Net EcoFeed project, in cooperation with FiBL and IFOAM Organics Europe.

What is known as “ration” for animals is what we call “diet” for humans. A nutritionally balanced ration is a must for healthy and strong organic animals. The ration planning tool, developed within the OK-Net EcoFeed project, enables users to calculate feed rations for pigs, broilers and laying hens, independent from the feeding industry and adapted to organic farming conditions and for various scenarios depending on type of animal, age, slaughter weight, laying potential and many more.

About 30 participants attended the training, during which the presenters showed tool and its features, including two practical examples. The training used a hands-on approach allowing attendees to independently use the tool and ask their questions. Moreover, the training also provided participants the opportunity to provide feedback, so the developers can continue improving the ration planning tool to best address organic producers’ specific needs.

Ration planning tool overview ©Antoine Roinsard

The tool and its manual are available on the Organic Farm Knowledge platform for all farmers and advisers interested in achieving 100% organic diet for monogastric animals. Please open this page in the Chrome or Edge browsers since Firefox does currently not support the file.

Visit the OK-Net Ecofeed website to learn more and follow the latest project’s developments on Twitter and Facebook using @ecofeed and #OKNetEcofeed.

OK-Net EcoFeed helps organic pig and poultry farmers to achieve the goal of 100% use of organic and regional feed. The three-year project will extend the OK-Net knowledge platform. IFOAM Organics Europe coordinates the project consisting of 11 partners and 8 third linked parties from 12 countries. Dissemination towards all actors in the EIP-AGRI network is an integral part of the OK-Net EcoFeed activities. OK-Net Ecofeed is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project.

OK-Net EcoFeed has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773911. 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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