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J. Appl. Poult. Res.
Vol. 12, No. , 2003, Pages:

New Production Systems: Evaluation of Organic Broiler Production
in Denmark

M. A. Pedersen,* S. M. Thamsborg,†,1 C. Fisker,‡ H. Ranvig,*
and J. P. Christensen†

Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1575 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1597.


In Denmark organic production of broilers (chickens for meat production) has expanded since 1996, when only a few farmers produced approximately 6,000 broilers. At that time, the broilers were sold directly to customers. At present, the yearly production is 350,000 broilers, and professionals organize the sale. Organic broiler production should comply with the overall goals for organic farming. This new production system differs from the conventional system due to specified standards. The production period is prolonged because broilers need to be at least 81 d old when slaughtered, and these chickens are genetically programmed to be slower growing with a maximum growth rate of 30 g/d. Additionally, daily access to roughage, organic feed without coccidiostats, and outdoor pasture areas is required. In the present paper the organic production system and data concerning growth, feeding, animal health, and slaughter quality is described based on an investigation conducted on 9 Danish farms in 1998. This investigation is the first of organic broiler production in Denmark.

Keywords: broiler, ecological farming, feed intake, growth, ISA 657, organic farming, slowgrowing chicken, Organig farming.

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E-mail: smt@kvl.dk.


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