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Free range conditions, access, poultry - CH Demeter Standards 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2006) Free range conditions, access, poultry - CH Demeter Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

DEMETER requires permanent access to out-door excercise or a "wintergarden" (covered area with outdoor climate). For poultry the plots for outdoor run must be switched periodically (for sanitary reasons).

Difference

DEMETER is more detailed than the EU Regulation 2092/91. EU Regulation requires permanent access to out-door exercise for poultry, at least during 1/3 or their lifetime. The requied area is 4m2 per laying hen as outdoor run ( DEMETER requires 5m2).

Justification

Permanent access to an ourdoor run is considered as an essential need for farm animals. Periodic changing/switching the outdoor area reduces risks of parasites.

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:Animal husbandry > Outdoor access
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > Demeter
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:947
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:10 May 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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