Organic Rules and Certification

Animal fodder, roughage requirement - Demeter International 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Animal fodder, roughage requirement - Demeter International 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

At least 60% of the diet of herbivores must consist of roughage. In summer most of the diet must be fresh green feed, preferably pasture. In winter herbivores (except beef cattle) must be given hay (exemptions can be approved). A feed ration based on silage over the whole year is not allowed. The ration for beef cattle can be based on silage but green material must be given additionally in summer. (DI production standards, 5.5.2. Feeding of dairy cows, sheep, goats and horses; DI production standards, 5.5.3. Feeding of beef cattle)

Difference

The DI standard is more detailed. The EU Regulation 2092/91 solely requires the feeding of roughage (60% respectively 50%) and pasture (young herbivores).

Justification

Feeds must be appropriate to the class of animals and its physiological needs. There are also aspects of product quality, e.g. for milk.

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:Demeter International Standard
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:575
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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