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Animal fodder, roughage requirement, ruminants - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006

Plakolm, Gerhard and Fromm, Elisabeth (2006) Animal fodder, roughage requirement, ruminants - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Roughage must comprise at least 60 % of the daily ration for ruminants. Calves are to be offered structured roughage from the second week of age.

Difference

The EU Regulation 2092/91 allows in special cases for at least 3 months a reduction to 50 % roughage and the offer of roughage to calves is not regulated. The Bio Austria General Standard requires a higher ratio of roughage in the daily supply and considers all ruminants including calves.

Justification

Ruminants need structured roughage for a species-appropriated function of the digestion. To develop a good ruminant stomach it is important to give calves roughage very early. It is a measure against intensification too.

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: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:868
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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