Save the date for ‘Improving sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production’, an online conference – 25-26 January 2021

It is with great excitement that OK-Net EcoFeed announces its final project conference bringing together four research projects: OK-Net EcoFeed, PPILOW, Freebirds and POWER. Mark 25-26 January 2021 in your calendar and join the projects for ‘Improving sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production’ from the comfort of you (home) office. 

Production systems with monogastric animals rely mainly on high quality feeds from external sources that compete with food for human consumption. Also in organic farming, monogastric systems tend to be highly specialised and decoupled from other areas of farming. The challenge is to design systems which overcome the contradiction between animal welfare and “naturalness” on one hand and feed and resource efficiency on the other.  

Within such context, ‘Improving sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production’ is a perfect opportunity to share the unique knowledge acquired during our projects and foster the transition towards more sustainable organic production systems. Themes include: ration-planning tools, sustainable and regional feeding for pigs and poultry, welfare self-assessment tools and the further development of the Organic Farm Knowledge platform.  

This online event will also host a policy debate targeting a wide range of audience including policymakers, farmers and animal welfare associations, processors, feed companies and retailers. Discussions are expected to deepen and consolidate the importance of organics within the feed sustainability and animal welfare concept. Stay up to date by visiting the OK-Net EcoFeed project website where news and further details will be published soon. 

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The OK-Net EcoFeed project 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 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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