Producing organic monogastric livestock feed

This field lab will be set up via a partnership between the Soil Association and Horizon 2020 project OK-Net EcoFeed, looking at the production and supply of feed for monogastric livestock.

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Field Lab Timeline

    1/22/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Idea formation

    Idea formation
  • 3/27/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Surveys sent out

    Surveys sent out
  • 5/13/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Survey results analysed

    Survey results analysed
  • 6/17/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Kick-off meeting

    Kick-off meeting
  • 7/9/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Aims and methods discussion

    Aims and methods discussion
  • 7/15/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Methods finalised

    Methods finalised
  • 8/5/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Trial starts

    Trial starts
  • 8/26/2018 11:00:00 PM
  • Progress meeting

    Progress meeting
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  • Achievements

    March 2019

    Further meetings to develop the field lab

    Meetings have now been held for the 3 OKNET ECOFEED project in Cirencester, Inverurie and Suffolk, with 30 Pig and Poultry farmers attending. The groups have been looking for areas to investigate further, such as a grain sprouting system, use of home mixed feeds and the potential to produce organic rape meal.

    There was interest in the value of intercropping to produce a premixed feed, the value of weed seeds and tailings as a feed source and alternative forages such as Lucerne and whole crops as well as the potential for insects to provide both protein and sustainable waste disposal, and these are areas the group may explore further.

    Milestone: Kick-off meeting

    July 2018

    First group meeting

    20th July 2018 - please register on the eventbrite website here:

    This will be the first group meeting to discuss results of a survey carried out by organic producers and discuss how these can be taken forward to find solutions to issues and a possible field lab trial.

    The OK-NET ECOFEED project can be found at:


    10.30 Registration and coffee
    11.00 Welcome and Introduction to OK-net Ecofeed
    11.15 Survey results
    11.45 Ongoing research as a result of the survey
    13.00 Lunch
    13.45 Discussion of bottlenecks, innovations and solutions.
    15.00 Close

    Bathurst Room
    Royal Agricultural University
    Stroud Rd
    GL7 6JS Cirencester
    United Kingdom

    Please email Jerry Alford - with any queries.

    Milestone: Kick-off meeting

    March 2018

    Trial survey

    A survey has been sent out as a simple starting point for this project, aimed at gaining an insight into the feeding practices of both large and small pig and poultry keepers. Later in the year we will have a meeting to discuss these innovations and opportunities to increase the supply of local feed into pig and poultry enterprises.

    Please get in touch with the group coordinator if you would like to get involved in this field lab.

    Milestone: Surveys sent out

    January 2018

    Background to the trial

    A key objective of organic farming is that animals are fed with feed produced at or near the farm. Yet, this is difficult to achieve in large parts of Europe. Organic feed and livestock production are concentrated in different regions. Animal feed often has to be imported from regions far away from where the animals are raised. The problem is most challenging for protein feed, which is sometimes even not available in organic quality.

    As a part of this, the project will work with a field lab group to trial solutions in organic monogastric feed.

    Milestone: Idea formation

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