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Free range conditions, access - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005

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

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Summary

On at least 26 days per month during vegetation period and on 13 days per month in winter time animals must have access to the outdoors and pasture.

Difference

While Swiss Ordinance rules the minimal number of days per month of access to pasture or outdoor run in detail, the EU Regulation 2092/91 leaves it to a general principle, not fixing a minimal number of days for outdoor access and not requiring outdoor access during winter time (if pasture was used in summer).

Justification

From an ethological point of view regular access to the outdoor area is seen as an essential need of farm animals throughout the year.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Housing and free-range conditions - Annex I B8, see also Annex VIII

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Outdoor access
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:274
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:20 Nov 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 08:58

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