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What feed formulators need
to know about organic rations
Considerations, challenges and successful strategies
for organic monogastric feed production in Europe
ZOE KAY

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rganic livestock feed producers must take
extra considerations to meet the nutritional
requirements of organic pig and poultry
meat. The availability and price of organically grown
raw materials - and meeting amino acid requirements- remain an ongoing challenge. However,
despite limited options for raw materials and additives,
certain areas of this niche market are growing.

Organic considerations
Most of the raw materials used in organic diets must
be organically certified. As the organic accreditation bodies may have different requirements, feed
producers must understand the standards pertaining to
their customers. For example, some organic certification systems allow around 5% of the raw materials to
be non-organic.
Nonetheless, certain raw materials are prohibited,
including:
■ Materials produced with the use of genetically
modified organisms (GMOs) or products derived
from them
■ Synthetic amino acids
■ Artificial colorants and flavors
■ Ingredients that have been extracted using solvents
■ Farm animal byproducts.
Whereas in conventional diets produced in Europe
the use of fishmeal is cost prohibitive, it is used in
organic diets to achieve amino acid requirements.
However, if organic diets for pigs and poultry are
being made in the same mill as diets for ruminant

In organic feed production, feed manufacturers must
consider the production system in place as well as the
feed ingredients used in the ration. Zoe Kay
animals, fishmeal cannot be used due to potential
contamination.

Organic raw materials
While there are organic cereal growers across Europe,
much of their production goes into human food.
Farmers can achieve higher prices from manufacturers
making organic bread, breakfast cereals, snack bars,
etc. As such, much of the cereals used by organic feed
manufacturers come from outside Europe. Ukraine is a
common source of organic wheat, for example.
Protein raw materials are a further challenge. The
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Contents
In the Mix
Industry Happenings
Mar-Jac Poultry feed mill built for capacity, expansion
A feed manufacturer’s watchlist for 2020
What feed formulators need to know about organic rations
Marketing nutrition by writing the article
Updating thinking on bioactive fatty acids in pig nutrition
Examining the components of optimal dairy cow nutrition
4 programs for the feed industry at 2020 IPPE
Advertisers’ Index
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - CT1
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - CT2
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Feed Strategy - December 2019
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Cover2
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Contents
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - In the Mix
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Industry Happenings
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Mar-Jac Poultry feed mill built for capacity, expansion
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Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 6
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 7
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 8
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Feed Strategy - December 2019 - A feed manufacturer’s watchlist for 2020
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Feed Strategy - December 2019 - What feed formulators need to know about organic rations
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Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 20
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 21
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Marketing nutrition by writing the article
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 23
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Updating thinking on bioactive fatty acids in pig nutrition
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Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 26
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 27
Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 28
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Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Examining the components of optimal dairy cow nutrition
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Feed Strategy - December 2019 - 4 programs for the feed industry at 2020 IPPE
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Feed Strategy - December 2019 - Advertisers’ Index
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