livestock Nutrition manages production for optimal yields to ensure economic viability and to supply sufficient volumes to feed large populations. Organic farmers need to understand the nutritional needs of the livestock to produce tasty and nutritious organic animal products. The animal’s behavior, growth pattern, reproductive capacity and food production are intimately linked to the feed it consumes. The nutritional value of the feed and the feed components must be delicately balanced. The results of good organic management and good organic feed include the great taste, colour, texture, nutritional value and optimal yield of the food product. Animals, including humans, have a hierarchy of needs. The primary uses of nutrients derived from food are for general maintenance and reproduction. This channels the animal’s nutrients to survive, move and perform basic bodily functions. If there is additional energy and protein available, the animal may be able to devote resources to growth and good body condition. If your animals appear healthy but are not producing enough eggs, milk or meat for you, you may have a problem with a lack of energy and protein in the feed.