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Annette Pontillo
Institute of Organic Farming

Trenthorst 32
23847 Westerau
Phone: +49 4539 8880 0
ol@thuenen.de



Kontrollstellennr.: DE-ÖKO-006


Feeding silage from early-cut red clover to fattening pigs

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 (c) Thünen-Institut/OL

Feeding silage from early-cut red clover to fattening pigs

Feeding silage from early-cut red clover to fattening pigs

Forage legumes like red clover are an important part of organic crop rotations, but are rarely used as feed for pigs. This study sets out to determine the potential of ensiled red clover as feed for fattening pigs.

Background and Objective

Despite their high potential for supplying amino acids, forage legumes are rarely used as feed for pigs. While the European regulations for organic farming demand the provision of roughage to pigs, roughage is mostly regarded as a manipulable material without feed value. By feeding silage from early-cut forage legumes, the provision of roughage could be combined with an added feed value. Also, feeding forage legume would increase the proportion of regional feed in organic diets for pigs.

In our study, we will determine if feeding high-quality, early-cut silage as part of the diet of fattening pigs can help save concentrate feed without impairing growth performance and carcass quality.

Approach

In two replicates of 40 pigs each, feeding will either be based on concentrate alone, or with concentrate and silage.

The concentrate mixture of the experimental groups will be adjusted, based on the nutrient composition and the feed allowance of the silage.

Data collection includes feed allowance and weight gain of pigs, documentation of illnesses and medical treatments and carcass quality (carcass yield, meat percentage, …).

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Duration

6.2019 - 12.2020

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Project status: ongoing

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