Organic Rules and Certification

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Livestock management, general requirements, rabbits - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006
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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.
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. 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.
Livestock management, general requirements, rabbits - DE Bioland Standards 2005
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The specific standards for BIOLAND rabbits regulate the following aspects: Maximum group size, characteristics of stable and roaming area, feeding and purchase of animals. (Bioland production standards, Keeping rabbits 4.2.8.; Bioland production standards, 4.5.7 Rabbit feeding; Bioland production standards, 4.8. Additional purchase of animals, 4.8.2.6 Rabbits)
Bioland has specific standards for rabbits husbandry. This is not regulated by the EU Regulation 2092/91. To provide standards for all types of animal production, practised in the regions inspected and certified by BIOLAND.
Livestock management, general requirements, rabbits - FR Regulation 2000
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There are standards for organic rearing of rabbits.
French regulation includes standards for organic rabbit breeding. There are no such standards in the EU Regulation 2092/91. French rabbit breeders asked for organic standards.
Livestock management, general requirements, rabbits - NO Governmental Regulation 2005
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In addition to the general rules for animals there are special rules for rabbits / conversion period (10 weeks)/ outdoor access (as reg 2092) / use of pens or transportable grazing cages / possibility to conceal themselves / outdoor area shall mainly consist of soil with grass-vegetation / area must have a rest period of one year every second year / access to water obl. / maximum number of animals per hutch (25) / slaughter and angora in common bins, breeding animals can be kept in individual bins (and shall have nest boxes) / minimum area Angora (0,2 m2), fattening rabbits (0,3 m2), breeding rabbits (0,7 m2), floors (at least half shall be solid) / breeding (not more than 4 litters a year, young rabbits at least 5 weeks together with mother) / feeding young rabbits (at least 5 weeks with milk from rabbits) and others (min 60% roughage).
Governmental regulation is more detailed, since the EU 2092/91 does not have specific rules for rabbits. Because the EU Regulation 2092/91 does not cover legal rules for rabbits.
Livestock mangement, general requirements, rabbits - DE Naturland 2005
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The NATURLAND rules for rabbits cover aspects such as the size of the group, size and configuration of the run, outdoor access and feeding. (NL standards on production, Part B.II: 1.8 Rabbits 2.7 Rabbit fodder)
The NATURLAND standard is more extensive. Husbandry of rabbits is not regulated by the EU Regulation 2092/91. To provide clear and detailed rules for any significant type of agriculture / food production.
Livestock mangement, general requirements, rabbits - SP CRAE-MAPA Rules 1999
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The organic rabbits standards approved by the old Spanish Council for the Organic Farming Regulation (CRAE) cover aspects such as the size of the grouping, conversion period, outdoor access and feeding and other issues to prevent diseases. This organic standards are being applied in all the regions in Spain.
The governmental CRAE-MAPA regulation includes standards for organic rabbit breeding. There are no such specific standards in the EU Regulation 2092/91. To provide clear and detailed rules for any significant type of agriculture / food production.