Organic Rules and Certification

Livestock housing, rearing, poultry - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006

Plakolm, Gerhard and Fromm, Elisabeth (2006) Livestock housing, rearing, poultry - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

In order to avoid problems regarding the behavioural development during acclimatization to the hen house, pullets must be reared at low stocking densities with perches and access to an open range. The rearing system should be as similar as possible to the system used during egg laying. Bio Austria sets special provisions regarding stocking density, structuring of the house and outdoor access to covered outdoor areas (covered yard or wintergardens) and to grassland. Because these rules for pullet rearing are part of the Codex Alimentarius Austriacus they are valid for all organic farms in Austria, not only for Bio Austria farms. (BA-Rules 2006 chapter 3.14)

Difference

The Bio Austria General Standard is more detailed than the EU Regulation 2092/91. The EU Regulation does not have special rules for pullet rearing. Therefore it is permisable to use conventional pullets if none are available of organic origin. Since 1.1.2006 in the EU conventional producers of pullets for organic farming have to fulfil the requirements of section 4 (feed) and section 5 (disease prevention and veterinary treatment) but not other requirements, especially for husbandry management, housing and free range areas.

Justification

Principle of animal welfare; principle of animal and ecological/organic integrity

EU Regulation

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:Specific animal standards > Pullet rearing (under development)
Country/Standard: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:840
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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