Quality of Low Input Food
Subproject - Development of strategies to improve quality and safety and reduce cost of production in organic and “low input” livestock production systems
|Title||Quality of Low Input Food Subproject - Development of strategies to improve quality and safety and reduce cost of production in organic and “low input” livestock production systems|
|Abstract||The availability of protein feeds and sources of essential amino acids are the main limiting factor in organic pig production. This is due to restrictions concerning bought-in feedstuffs, and to the ban on GM-crop based feed, on synthetic amino acids, and on the use of chemically extracted soybean meal. As a result, organic pork production is dependent on a relatively high product price to compensate for the lower production efficiency compared to conventional production.|
|Keywords||amino acids, organic pork, intramuscular fat|
|Aims||1. To develop quality oriented production systems with an emphasis on sensory quality 2. To identify protein crops which can provide additional sources of suitable protein and essential amino acids to improve the production efficiency and reduce cost|
|Results||Due to the restricted availability of limiting amino acids in organic livestock production, protein accretion capacity is limited compared to conventional production. This may restrain the intramuscular fat (IMF) content which influences the sensory quality of pork. In on-farm trials the effect of the implementation of a specific feeding strategy using a high proportion of home-grown grain legumes on the IMF content of pork was assessed under different conditions on German and Austrian organic farms. Results confirmed the great variation between the farms for IMF. It was thus concluded that there is a need for a direct assessment of IMF content of pork at the abattoir to fulfil the expec-tations of consumers with regard to a high eating quality of organic pork.|
|Beneficiary||farmers, association of farmers, service providers|
|Applications||Results obtained in the QLIF subproject 4 have provided recommendations to farmers and stakeholders on how to improve organic livestock farming. Progress was made in areas of housing, feeding and management. Often the recommendations are straightforward, and ready for implementation. In other areas challenges remain. In some cases, progress with respect to one objective has created new challenges. In these cases it is difficult to decide whether a change is an overall improvement or not.|
|Last Changed||2013-07-11 13:58:29|
Farm Management, Housing, Feeding Management, Economics, Reducing Cost, Raising Productivity, Other
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