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Animal fodder, origin - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2005) Animal fodder, origin - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Fodder must be procured from organic farms. Purchase is limited by the limits for fertilization intensity on the farm. Also by strictly limiting the export of farmyard manure (which implements a limit on the number of animals) the purchase of fodder is automatically restricted.

Difference

The Swiss Ordinance requires a balanced equation of fodder, farm yard manure and commercial fertilizers used in order to ensure a closed production cicle with no excessive farm yard manure produced within the organic farm. The EU Regulation 2092/91 has less requirements, since it only recommends that at least 50 % of the feed should come from the farm unit itself or if this is not feasible produced in cooperation with other organic farms.

Justification

Fodder production and fertilization on farm must be in balance. In order to avoid soil independent animal husbandry, the Swiss Ordinance limits the purchase of fodder by strictly limiting the export of farm yard manure and by limiting the fertilization with farm yard manure and commercial fertilisers on the operations own land.

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:Animal husbandry > Feed/Nutrition
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of care
Ecological principle
Principle of health
ID Code:271
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 08:58

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