Organic Rules and Certification

All differences in one table by Subjects

  • Subject Areas
    • Specific animal standards
      • Horses
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Title Description Difference Justification and Comments
Horses and other equines - UK Soil Association Organic Standards 2005
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Equine animals cannot be certified organic under UK Soil Association Standards. Soil Association standards explain that, although equines cannot be certified as organic within these standards, there are a set of recommendations and requirements for their management when they are kept on organic land. It is recommended that equines are included with other livestock in a clean grazing rotation and to feed them organic or approved feed. There are also further requirements if more than five equines are kept, relating to manure management, avermectin treatment, GMO feeds, health planning and pasture management planning. Equine manure management must be the same as for other non-organic manure. (Soil Association Organic Standards. Subsection 3.8.)
Soil Association standards do not allow certification of equines, unlike EU Regulation. EU Regulation allows equine animals to be certified organic, and include stocking rate figures for manure management when keeping equines on organic land. Equines are very rarely used for any type of production activity on UK farms, so standards to certify them or their products as organic would be redundant. They would probably also be considered offensive to most UK consumers. In this context, some rules are useful to ensure that their presence on organic farms does not compromise the ecological or organic integrity of the land, crops or other livestock.
Livestock management, external responsibility, horses - DE Bioland Standards 2005
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Horses on the farm, that are not under the responsibility of the farm manager, can be fed or treated with substances that are not in line with the standards, as long as these are not contaminating the farm in any way. The horse manure should be handled as animal manure from external sources. (Bioland production standards, 4.5.6 Horse feeding)
The BIOLAND standard is more detailed. According to the EU Regulation 2092/91 conventional livestock from extensive husbandry can be kept on organic pastures for a limited period of time each year, without indicating details about the harmlessness of feed and treatment and the handling of manure. To avoid contamination with objectionable substances, i.e. GMO.
Livestock management, general reqquirements, horses - SP CCPAE Catalunya 2002
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The CCPAE Catalunya Organic Standards for horse breeding has 5 pages (Article 11.06 of General CCPAE standards, pages 154-158). The main points of these Horse Standards are: origin of the animals, conversion period, management, suckling and breeding of foals; animal welfare, free ranch areas and facilities for breeding horses, animal feeding, animal health and animal identification.
There are no specific standards of organic horse breeding within the EU Regulation 2092/91. To provide clear rules for any significant type of agricultural / food production.