John Erik Hermansen
Department of Agroecology - Farming systems
Aarhus University
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Meeting of the ICOPP project in Oxford, UK

Early October a meeting of the project "Improved Contribution of Local Feed to Support 100% Organic Feed Supply to Pigs and Poultry (ICOPP)" took place in Oxford, UK. The project is funded under the CORE Organic II scheme (Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems).


Nearly 30 delegates from 15 institutes across Europe came together 9-10 October 2012 on FAI Farms, Oxford, to catch-up, plan and discuss the ICOPP project.

The aim of the ICOPP project is to produce economically profitable feeding strategies with the ingredients produced organically and sourced within Europe rather than relying on protein imports and feed supplements of non-organic origin. The local 100% organic feeds must provide the required level of nutrients for different phases of production thus supporting high animal health and welfare, while being economically and environmentally sustainable. The project involves 15 partners across 10 countries in central and northern Europe.

At the meeting, participants were given very interesting updates on how current trials such as feeding algae and mussel shells are going and learned how all the samples of novel feeds being used in the project will be analysed and evaluated; the results will provide directly comparable data that feed mills and farmers can use to formulate diets.

One major  task in the project is to find out what we can produce in the way of organic feedstuffs, what we are importing and where from. This information will be combined with each country’s general feeding practices and number of animals to give a picture of the level of self-sufficiency we have in Europe.

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John E. Hermansen, project coordinator, Aarhus University, Denmark