Organic Rules and Certification

Origin of livestock, general requirements - DE Bioland 2005

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

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Summary

Animals have to be preferentially brought in from BIOLAND certified farms or from other organic farms. If organic animals are not available, in certain cases conventional animals can be brought in after approval by BIOLAND. These animals have to pass the conversion period, before animal products can be offered with reference to organic farming and the BIOLAND trademark is used. Cattle, that have been born on conventional farms and reared with feeding stuffs, that are not permitted, can never be sold using the BIOLAND trademark. Young laying hens can only be brought into farms with more than 100 laying hens, if they have been reared in accordance with the BIOLAND provisions for pullet rearing. Conventional laying hens of up to 18 weeks can be brought into smaller units after approval. (Bioland production standards, 4.8 Additional Purchase of Animals, 4.8.1 Principles; Bioland production standards, 4.8.2 Possible permits for conventional purchase of animals, 4.8.2.1 - 4.8.2.6; Bioland production standards, 9.2.4 Use of Trade Mark for Animal Products, 9.2.4.1 Product related Conversion)

Difference

The BIOLAND standard is similar, but more restrictive in the case of young laying hens. According to the EU Regulation 2092/91 laying hens of conventional origin of up to 18 weeks of life can be brought in if organic hens are not available. According to Bioland this is only possible after approval and for farms with more than 100 laying hens only if they have been reared according to specific pullet rearing provisions.

Justification

To ensure the BIOLAND standards to be complied with troughout the whole production chain.

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:Animal husbandry > Origin of animals
Country/Standard: Europe > Germany > Bioland
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of health
ID Code:696
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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