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Nutrition and feeding of organic pigs.

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Organic animal production has increased rapidly in recent years to keep up with the increasing consumer demand for organic meats. There are many guidelines and restrictions on what ingredients go into feedstuffs of organically farmed animals, from which difficulties arise when trying to ensure a well-balanced, nutritious diet without the use of any supplements. The first comprehensive text on feed...


Chapter 4 (Page no: 61)

Approved ingredients for organic diets.

This chapter discusses the different approved ingredients for organic feeding of pigs and their nutritional, as well as antinutritional, features. These ingredients include cereal grains (barley, buckwheat, maize, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, spelt, triticale and wheat), oilseeds (canola, cottonseed, linseed, flaxseed, mustard, groundnuts, safflower meal, sesame meal, soyabeans, sunflower seeds and meal), legume seeds (faba, field peas, lentils and lupins), tuber roots (cassava, potatoes, swedes), forages and roughages (cabbage, grass meal, lucerne and vetch), other plants (molasses and seaweeds), milk and milk products and fish and other marine animals. The different sources of minerals and vitamins, enzymes and microorganisms that can be used in feed formulation are also discussed. A table comparing approved organic feedstuffs in New Zealand and the approved non-organic feedstuffs in the European Union is also included in this chapter.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction and background. Author(s): Blair, R.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 7) Aims and principles of organic pig production. Author(s): Blair, R.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 23) Elements of pig nutrition. Author(s): Blair, R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 208) Diets for organic pig production. Author(s): Blair, R.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 258) Choosing the right breed and strain of pig. Author(s): Blair, R.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 276) Integrating feeding programmes into organic production systems. Author(s): Blair, R.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 315) Conclusions and recommendations for the future. Author(s): Blair, R.