Organic Rules and Certification

Livestock housing and free range conditions, stocking rate, minimum - Demeter International 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Livestock housing and free range conditions, stocking rate, minimum - Demeter International 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The stocking rate is determined by the possibilities for fodder production, as dictated by climate and the local conditions. Soil fertility should be maintained and developed by keeping animals and applying their manure. The minimum stocking rate has to be defined by the certification organisation in each country. The maximum stocking rate may not exceed 2.0 livestock units/ha, corresponding to a maximum of 1.4 manure units/ha, if feed is brought in. (DI production standards, 5.2. Stocking rate)

Difference

Compared to the EU Regulation 2092/91, the DI standards define not only a maximum but also a minimum stocking rate. Furthermore, the maximum stocking rate as defined by Demeter Interantioal is lower than the one indicated in the EU Regulation.

Justification

Demeter farms must incorporate livestock, but they must be kept and fed in accordance with the given conditions of the site.

EU Regulation

Annex VII. Maximum numbers of animals per ha

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Stocking rates (land)
Country/Standard:Demeter International Standard
Principles:Ecological principle
ID Code:884
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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