Organic Rules and Certification

Origin of livestock, general requirements - Demeter International 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Origin of livestock, general requirements - Demeter International 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Brought in animals must come from certified biodynamic or at least organic farms. Brought in organic animals must be converted to Demeter before being marketed with reference to the Demeter trademark. The import of conventional animals for breeding or herd expansion can only be granted in case of rare breeds, to increase herd size, when another complete farm (land and animals) is leased. Animals, that were born on conventional farms can never be marketed with reference to Demeter. This does not apply to goats and pigs, that were brought in for breeding purposes. Bovines of conventional origin can never be marketed as Demeter nor as In conversion to Demeter. (DI production standards, 5.7. Origin of animals, brought in stock and marketing; DI production standards, 5.7.2. Beef cattle for fattening) DI production standards, Appendix 7, APP 15)


The DI standard is more detailed by requiring animals from Demeter origin to be bought in and the conversion of organic animals to Demeter. Demeter quality is not regulated by the EU Regulation 2092/91. Regarding the possibilities of buying in animals from conventional origin the DI standard is less detailed.


To ensure biodynamic quality throughout the whole production chain. To avoid problems with BSE in Demeter products.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Origin of animals/livestock sources - Annex I B3

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Labelling provisions
Animal husbandry > Origin of animals
Country/Standard:Demeter International Standard
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of health
ID Code:582
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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