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Outdoor paddocks for laying hens for better environment and animal welfare

The demand for eggs from poultry in outdoor system is increasing. However, there is limited knowledge if and how these systems affect the environment. The project intends to investigate the environmental impact in this type of production system and develop concrete proposals for improvements.

The aim of the project is to create a viable and profitable egg production based on new knowledge on sustainable production system for laying hens in outdoor system.

The project aims to 1) develop guidelines for risk assessment for leakage of phosphorus from outdoor paddocks, 2) Identify parts of production and technical solutions that can reduce phosphorus load and 3) Evaluate sustainability, the capacity to bind phosphorus and impact on animal production and health in relation to investment costs of two ground cover material.



Project name

It is a hit to be an outdoor hen



RISE role in project


Project start


4 år

Total budget

2 746205


Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, Lovanggruppen, Odelros AB


Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning, Jordbruksverket

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

6. Clean water and sanitation
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
15. Life on land
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