The advantages and disadvantages of the alternative catching and loading method are evaluated at the same time in terms of labor, production losses, animal welfare and social acceptance.Research approachThe current catching methods for broilers and layers are documented (WP1).
Research into more animal-friendly catching and loading of broilers and reformed laying hens
Four groups of slow growing Sasso broilers (trial 1) and 2 x 2 groups of Novogen Brown laying hens (trial 2) were housed in mobile coops with access to two types of vegetation area (short rotation coppice and grassland with small hazelnut trees).
With regard to the reduction of anti-nutritional components from the seeds, in Flanders we do have processing techniques for the leguminous plants separately, but not for mixed crops and certainly not yet for matching their use with laying hens and broilers in both conventional and organic production systems.
AnalysesDetailsContactpersoonZootechnical trials in small livestockFeed and digestibility trials in broilers, layers and rabbits. More information.Evelyne Delezie, Saskia Leleu
Excretion trials in poultryDetermination of the possible presence of residues in poultry meat and eggs.
The aim is to investigate and design innovative (i) sensor technology innovations to monitor broiler behavior, (ii) machine learning solutions to automatically derive health and productivity indicators of the broilers and (iii) enrichment solutions, including adaptive lighting and perching solutions which can be steered to autonomously and simultaneously
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