Genetics and welfare in organic poultry production: A discussion on the suitability of available breeds and hybrids
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Organic production of eggs, broilers and turkey is regulated by international and national regulations and differs from conventional production. Breeds and hybrids selected for conventional production are also used in organic production. Many traits that are important for animal welfare are affected both by environment and genetics. This report gives an overview of the research about how animals with different genetics can be more or less suitable for alternative production systems. Moreover, the answers from a questionnaire among Norwegian poultry producers are reported. Possibilities for the development of animals more suitable for the goals and regulations in organic production are discussed.