Whilst organic egg production is growing, formulating sustainable organic diets still has challenges. Limitations on ingredients can result in over supply of certain nutrients. With higher cereal levels there is less ‘room’ in the diet to provide fibre optimally.
Additives used in conventional diets to improve productivity and health may not be allowed. Another issue has been availability of organic oil to supply energy in layer diets. In sourcing this key ingredient, ForFarmers has been able to revolutionise organic layer rations; addressing many of the nutritional issues faced. It has also meant that the diets can be manufactured as a mash; improving feed efficiency and flow through the feeding tracks; resulting in less waste.
ForFarmers launches its new range of organic layer feeds.
Access to organic soya oil, has enabled ForFarmers to revolutionise organic layer diets, with its new range of organic feeds. Iain Campbell, Poultry Specialist at ForFarmers, explained that until now UK feed mills haven’t had ready access to organic oil due to limited, holding tank space and cultivation of organic soya. “Due to the nutritional needs of organic poultry, we’ve used our resources and purchasing power, to source organic soya oil manufactured in Europe.” Organic formulations have previously been constrained by space, as higher levels of cereals, in particular maize, were included in order supply sufficient energy to birds. “Egg production requires a lot of calories. Including organic oil means we can supply the energy hens need, and free up space in the diets.”
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