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Organic beef and sheep production (OF0147)

Keatinge, Ray (2001) Organic beef and sheep production (OF0147). ADAS, Redesdale.

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Summary

This is the final report from Defra project OF0147
To study the potential of organic farming in the hills and uplands, a comparison of organic and conventional production systems at similar stocking rates was made at ADAS Redesdale. This was supported by additional assessments in two further organic flocks, managed at reduced stocking rates, and by data collection on 10 commercial organic farms. Data were provided on physical and financial performance, animal health and welfare, and changes in botanical composition. Specific studies were done to quantify the potential of novel crops for parasite control, the performance of treated and untreated animal manures, and the requirement for trace element supplementation in organic hill stock.
The attached main report starts with a detailed executive summary of the methods and findings.


EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:sheep, uplands, hill farming, animal production, financial performance, economics, health, welfare, biodiversity, parasite control, veterinary treatment, manure compost, feeding, trace elements, slurry aeration, knowledge transfer
Subjects: Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication > Technology transfer
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Sheep and goats
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: UK > ADAS
UK > Univ. Newcastle
UK > Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Deposited By: Defra, R&D Organic Programme
ID Code:8087
Deposited On:13 Apr 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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