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Impact of animal health and welfare planning on medicine use, herd health and production in European organic dairy farms

Ivemeyer, Silvia; Smolders, G.; Brinkmann, J.; Gratzer, E.; Hansen, B.; Henriksen, Britt I. F.; Huber, J.; Leeb, C.; March, S.; Mejdell, C.; Nicholas, P; Roderick, S; Stöger, E.; Vaarst, M.; Whistance, L.K.; Winckler, C. and Walkenhorst, Dr. Michael (2011) Impact of animal health and welfare planning on medicine use, herd health and production in European organic dairy farms. Livestock Science, XXX, pp. 1-10.

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A reduction of medicine use (udder treatments, metabolic treatments and total number of treatments) in organic dairy herds was achieved within a time period of one year under different conditions across seven European countries. At the same time an improvement of udder health (SCS) and a stable situation in other health areas (metabolic disorders, fertility) was found, however regardless of the focus area in the AHWP. The AHWP process which was implemented on the farms may therefore be regarded a feasible approach to minimise medicine use without impairment of health, longevity and productivity under most European organic dairy farming conditions. However, further long-term studies are necessary to investigate effects of specific advice included in herd health and welfare plans.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:somatic cell counts, clinical mastitis, Komplementärmedizin, Eutergesundheit, Mastitis
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishAnimal health and welfare planningUNSPECIFIED
EnglishMedicine useUNSPECIFIED
EnglishDairy cowshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_26767
EnglishOrganic farmingUNSPECIFIED
EnglishSomatic cell scoreUNSPECIFIED
EnglishTreatment recordsUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Health
ISSN:1871-1413
Deposited By: Grand, Mr Gregor
ID Code:25608
Deposited On:04 Apr 2014 10:39
Last Modified:04 Apr 2014 10:41
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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