Organic Rules and Certification

Animal fodder, origin, pigs - Demeter International 2005

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

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The amount of bought in feed for pigs may not exceed 50%. This rule applies to farms where an equivalent of more than 5 livestock units in pigs are kept. Feeding stuffs of conventional origin cannot be brought in. Conventional feed can be used up to 10% in the ration, if the feed was produced on an area of the Demeter farm itself, which was newly acquired and has not yet completed the first year of conversion period. In case of proven unavailability of Demeter certified feed, the respective organisation can allow the feeding of maximum 50% organic feed. (DI production standards, 5.5.8. Feeding of pigs)


The DI standard contains further restrictions. According to the EU Regulation 2092/91 pigs can be fed with up to 15% of conventional feed if listed in the corresponding annex and organic quality feed is not available. This applies until 31.12.2007, after that the percentage will decline in steps of 5% in two years until reaching 5% in 2012.


In order to produce high quality products. The quality of the feed influences the quality of the animal product. Additionally to enhance independence of the farm from outside inputs and to avoid contamination with objectionable substances.

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 care
Principle of health
ID Code:579
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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