Organic Rules and Certification

Livestock housing, area, poultry - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2005) Livestock housing, area, poultry - CH Bio Suisse Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

For fattening poultry not more than 2000 animals and for laying hens not more then 600 may be reared in one stable (towards end of fattening period max 500 poultry,for turkey max. 250 animals/stable, for geese and ducks max. 250 animals /stable).

Difference

The number of animals per stable, the stocking density in-house, is lower in the Bio Suisse regulation compared to the EU Regulation 2092/91. EU defines the max number of animals per stable as 4800 poultry, 3000 laying hens, 5200 guinea fowl, etc.

Justification

From an ethological point of view a lower number of animals per square meter and a lower maximum number of animals per stable is considered as more animal-friendly.

EU Regulation

Annex VIII. Minimum livestock surface areas indoor and outdoors
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 > Animal housing
Specific animal standards
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > BIO SUISSE
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:69
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Sep 2005
Last Modified:24 Nov 2008 08:18

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