Organic Rules and Certification

Livestock management, general requirements, rabbits - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006

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

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Summary

In addition to the general rules for animals there are special rules for rabbits about the stock density, outdoor access and feed to stocks of over 50 fattening rabbits: (BA-Rules 2006 chapter 3.16) Husbandry conditions Housing area: minimum 0.125 m2 per fattening rabbit from weaning until the end of the 8th week of age = 8 animals per m2. After the end of the 8th week, 0.25 m2 per animal = 4 rabbits per m. Housing height: minimum 60 cm. Housing flooring: litter strewn resting area. Up to 50 % of the housing floor may be perforated. Outside access: paved and easy to clean, partial roofing possible. Minimum outside access area: 0.125 m2 per fattening rabbit. Group husbandry with manageable group sizes (max. 40 animals per group) Feeding The feeding rules are similar to the other BA Standards. Feeding facilities must be arranged in such a manner that even low-ranked animals receive sufficient feed. Branches with bark must be available for gnawing, and must be changed at least every 14 days.

Difference

The Bio Austria General Standard is very detailed also for rabbit husbandry, while as the EU Regulation 2092/91 does not cover this area of concern.

Justification

Because the EU Regulation do not cover legal rules for rabbit husbandry it was considered to be necessary to give minimum standards to this part of animal husbandry.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > Special other animal standards - others than in EC Reg

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Specific animal standards > Rabbits
Country/Standard: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:876
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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