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Are organic poultry farms more sustainable than conventional farms?

Sustainable Practices in Cattle & Poultry Industry


The findings of a recent study suggest sustainable poultry farming needs to include elements from both indoor and organic systems.

Perspectives and insights

  • Natural environment and foraging might not always be more sustainable, as these could even result in poor input conversion efficiency and lower yields.
  • The ability to range outdoors might not always mean good for the birds as the rate of internal parasite infection is higher in organic systems.
  • Sourcing organic feedstuffs locally requires less transport, but by limiting the variety of feed ingredients available could result in suboptimal nutrition.
  • Combining the best parts of organic and conventional systems is perhaps the most practical way of improving sustainability.