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The principles of organic livestock farming

Padel, Susanne (2019) The principles of organic livestock farming. In: Vaarst, Mette and Roderick, Stephen (Eds.) Improving Organic Animal Farming. 1 edition. Burleich Dodds Science Publication, Cambridge, chapter 2, pp. 13-31.

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Summary

Organic livestock farming is guided by naturalness, systems thinking and sustainability, and the four IFOAM principles of Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care. The Principle of Health emphasises the interconnectedness of different parts of the system and promotes high animal health through systems design and prevention. The Principle of Ecology implies the integration of livestock with crops for feeding and nutrient recycling on the farm or in the region. The Principle of Fairness points towards respect for animal rights, and the Principle of Care places responsibility for the humane treatment of animals on the people who work with them. Organic standards and the EU Regulation on Organic Production state that organic livestock farming should meet species-specific behavioural needs and restrict the use of external inputs. This chapter illustrates that achieving high animal health and welfare requires active engagement from the whole sector, from farmers to consumers, including regulators, advisors and researchers.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Organic livestock, organic animals, principals, ethics, animal health, animal welfare, land-based
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems
Animal husbandry
Values, standards and certification
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
DOI:10.19103/AS.2017.0028.02
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:35153
Deposited On:28 Mar 2019 09:35
Last Modified:10 Sep 2019 12:28
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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