Organic Rules and Certification

Animal fodder, roughage requirement, ruminants - UK Compendium 2005

Padel, Susanne and Lowman, Steve (2005) Animal fodder, roughage requirement, ruminants - UK Compendium 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Herbivores, once weaned, are to be reared making the maximum possible use of pastures. Their daily ration must contain at least 60% in dry matter of fresh, dried, or ensiled forage, containing roughage.

Difference

EU Regulation 2092/91 allows a reduction, from 60% to 50%, in the minimum proportion of forage for the daily ration of dairy animals up to a maximum of 3 months in early lactation. This reduction is not permitted in the UK Compendium.

Justification

The EU Regulation allows a higher carbohydrate, lower fibre, cereal-based ration to be fed to dairy animals in early lactation. This ration may promote higher daily milk yields but may also increase the risks to the health, welfare, and longevity of the animals. The higher concentrate ration risks compromising the health and welfare of the livestock.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Animal feed/Animal nutrition - Annex I B4

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:General areas of Organic Agriculture > Organic integrity
Animal husbandry > Feed/Nutrition
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:132
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:29 Oct 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:18

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