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Increase your Sustainability

Creating a sustainable business that can help the environment and support your businesses' long term development is very important. Recognising this, BOBL has two main projects in this area, a Sustainability Toolkit to help you to save money and improve your footprint, and a project exploring sustainable poultry feed options.

toolkitThe BOBL Sustainability Toolkit has been developed to support organic businesses in Wales to understand and improve the sustainability of their operations and supply chains. With the participation of 27 Welsh organic businesses the project was able to engage with a good cross section of the organic sector, ranging from dairy to meat, fresh produce to processed products and retail.

Compare the potential cost savings and your own footprint here

Making poultry feed more sustainable

Organic poultry rations are heavily dependent on imported ingredients. This does not sit well with the organic principles and leaves producers at the mercy of volatile global markets.

Grow something different: Sunflowers are usually grown for their oil, and the meal left behind has been long been part of poultry diets. But what if we were to grow it primarily as a high protein and energy feed? This report and summary booklet, prepared by the Organic Research Centre, makes the nutritional case and shows that, on paper, it's possible to grow this crop in parts of Wales. On-farm trials at Capestone Organic Poultry in Pembrokeshire showed they are extremely high in energy but protein levels are disappointing. In combination other complementary home grown ingredients such as dehulled beans, it is possible grow significantly more of our feed in Wales than is currently the case.

Make more of what we've got: If we can improve the nutritional value of some of our homegrown protein crops such as peas and beans, we may be able to reduce the amount of soya we buy in. One way to do this is to remove the seed hulls, which reduce the quality of the feed and contain anti nutritional factors which impair digestion. This report and video looks at the dehulling process and the potential nutritional and economic benefits.

Work together: This is all about growing better quality cereals closer to home. Naked oats are particularly suitable for poultry diets because of their high oil content and proportionately higher levels of the amino acids that birds need most. This report confirms the nutritional advantages of naked oats compared to other cereals, documents the experience of producers growing this crop, and looks at how direct relationships between Welsh arable and poultry producers can improve access to quality, traceable ingredients at fair prices.

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