An important aspect of the collaboration with farmers and nutritionists is the composition of feed to ensure the best possible health for chickens and the most effective use of feed.
All feed is made from vegetables and careful planning goes into the use of several ingredients in the composition of the feed, with wheat and soya being the major components. We are studying the possibility of replacing a proportion of imported soya that is traditionally used as a feed protein with alternative local protein sources.
Our position on GMO
Opinions differ about the issue of GMO (genetically modified organisms, in this case soya and corn) in feed and its use is widely discussed. Scandi Standard has chosen to adhere to local opinions and therefore requires GMO-free feed in Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Chicken rearing is very resource-efficient compared with the rearing of other animals. For example, the amount of feed and the level of the impact on the climate are much higher in the production of pork and beef.
Feed efficiency is one of the most important indicators for optimising the rearing process. Chickens are very effective at converting feed into meat, and these are direct indicators of the quality of the ingredients and the feed, and of the level of care for the chickens.
Feed conversion rate (FCR), kg feed/kg live weight
The diagram below indicates feed efficiency when rearing different kinds of animals, measuring the amount of feed in relation to growth (the weight is the live weight). The figures should be seen as the mean value of the feed conversion rate (FCR) ascertained from several published sources. An improvement in feed efficiency (lower value) saves natural resources and costs at several stages: less cultivated land, transport, lower energy use for producing feed and less water consumption throughout the value chain.
Alternatives to imported soy
At present some 20 percent or just over 100,000 tonnes of the feed that our chickens receive currently consists of imported soya. Requirements for good quality, traceability and responsible production are set through various third-party certifications such as RTRS and ProTerra. Our long-term goal is to replace imported soya that is traditionally used as a feed protein with other, local protein sources. This is because there are better options from an environmental and animal welfare perspective, which at the same time also promote local agricultural production. A strategic development project has been operating since 2019 together with feed specialists to develop and test new feed mixes, where a significant part of the soya is replaced by locally sourced beans.