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Veterinary prophylactic treatment, iron injection, pigs - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005

Padel, Susanne and Lowman, Steve (2005) Veterinary prophylactic treatment, iron injection, pigs - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

As well as a number of operations prohibited on welfare grounds (and detailed in another difference item), prophylactic iron injections of pigs are prohibited. Soil Association Organic Standards. Paragraph 13.2.2.

Difference

Soil Association standards prohibit the prophylactic injection of iron for pigs. This practice is not prohibited under EU Regulation 2092/91.

Justification

Prophylactic iron injections may cause health problems, and iron sources from the maternal milk and/or feed ration should be sufficient. Any symptoms of iron deficiency should be looked for in animal health monitoring.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Disease prevention and veterinary treatment/health care - Annex I B5

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Feed/Nutrition
Specific animal standards > Pigs
Specific animal standards
Country/Standard: Europe > UK > Soil Association Organic Standards
Principles:Principle of health
ID Code:196
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:19

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