Nutrition and Feeding of Organic Poultry 2nd Edition, Organic poultry production has increased significantly in recent years to keep up with increasing consumer demand for organic eggs and meat.
Nutrition and Feeding of Organic Poultry 2nd Edition
There are many guidelines and restrictions on what should go into the feed of organically-farmed poultry, from which difficulties arise when trying to ensure a well-balanced nutritious diet without the use of any unapproved supplements. This, the second edition of Robert Blair’s classic and bestselling book on the nutrition and feeding of organic poultry, presents advice for organic producers, and the agencies and organizations serving them.
Completely updated and revised to address how to formulate organic diets in situations where there is a declining supply of organic feed, this new edition also includes up-to-date information on the nutritional requirements of poultry and feed-related disease incidence in organic flocks. Also including the feasibility of utilizing novel feed, such as insect meal, and their acceptability by consumers of organic meat products, this book forms a comprehensive reference for students, organic farmers, veterinarians and researchers.
This volume sets out guidance for producers on nutrition and feeding practices that relate to the standards for certification of organic poultry. Details on permitted feed ingredients, with an emphasis on those grown or available locally and on suitable dietary formulations, are included. Although aspects of these topics have been presented at conferences and in trade and scientific publications, no comprehensive text has been published to date.
It is clear that the idealism set out initially in the principles of organic agriculture has had to be tempered by practical considerations. The standards adopted have to aim for a balance between the desire of consumers for organic products and considerations of ethical and ecological integrity, and the practical and financial needs of producers. As a result, synthetic vitamins and pure forms of minerals are allowed in organic poultry feeds, with some restrictions. Some jurisdictions permit the use of certain pure forms of amino acids as feed supplements; therefore this volume will assist producers in formulating diets without and with supplemental amino acids.