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Replacement of anthelmintics, antibiotics, and syn-thetic vitamins in organic animal husbandry – the contribution of the Horizon 2020 project RELACS

Maurer, Veronika; Athanasiadou, Spiridoula; Experton, Catherine; Leiber, Florian; Steinshamn, Håvard and Tamm, Lucius (2020) Replacement of anthelmintics, antibiotics, and syn-thetic vitamins in organic animal husbandry – the contribution of the Horizon 2020 project RELACS. In: Schmid, Otto; Johnson, Marion; Vaarst, Mette and Früh, Barbara (Eds.) Proceedings of the IAHA Video Pre‐Conference on “Organic Animal Husbandry systems – challenges, performance and potentials", 21-22 September 2020, online, pp. 53-56.

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Summary

Organic farmers adhere to high standards in producing quality food while protecting the envi-ronment and ensuring animal health and welfare. However, organic farming needs to improve continuously to keep meeting its ambitious objectives. The project ‘Replacement of Conten-tious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems’ (RELACS)fosters the development and adoption of tools and techniques to further reduce the use of external inputs on organic farms. RELACS takes far-advanced solutions forward. With regard to animal husbandry, this is brought about by (i) developing integrated endoparasite control strategies for ruminants by exploiting bioactive forages (heather) and the biocontrol agent Duddingtonia flagrans.(ii) reducing dependency on antibiotic use in dairy cows by transferring Animal Health and Welfare Planning protocols and by refining the use of essential oils.(iii) exploring the potential for reduction or replacement of synthetic/GMO produced vitamins by validating requirement definitions and by developing GMO-free vitamin B production.This paper gives an overview of the overall work plan related to livestock and presents se-lected results obtained during the first 18-month period of RELACS. Outcomes of the REL-ACS-survey on the use of antibiotics and anthelmintics are presented by Chylinski et al. in these proceedings


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:gastro-intestinal nematodes, mastitis, vitamins , Abacus, FiBL2505404, animal welfare, animal husbandry, poultry, cattle, animal nutrition
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
Englishanimal husbandryhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8532
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal nutrition
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Cattle
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Poultry
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:39247
Deposited On:15 Feb 2021 08:50
Last Modified:15 Feb 2021 08:51
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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