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Organic dairy farming: key characteristics, opportunities, advantages and challenges

Ivemeyer, Silvia; Bieber, Anna and Spengler Neff, Anet (2019) Organic dairy farming: key characteristics, opportunities, advantages and challenges. In: Vaarst, Mette and Roderick, Stephen (Eds.) Improving organic animal farming. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, U, chapter 10, pp. 1-20.

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As the organic dairy farming sector grows across Europe, it is necessary to continuously review its various merits and challenges within the organic sector and in comparison with conventional farming methods. Drawing together empirical findings from across the Europe, this chapter summarises some of the major issues surrounding organic dairy farming, such as the effects on herd health, regulations around pasture access and different methods of calf rearing. It then considers a number of current ‘hot topics’ in this area, including the self-sufficiency of concentrated feeds and the effect of organic methods on udder health. The chapter concludes that organic dairy farming presents many potential benefits, but notes that improvements are necessary, particularly in the area of animal health. It emphasises that solutions to current problems must be site-specific, while observing that particularly successful strategies could serve as helpful models in both organic and conventional dairy farms.

EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:organic dairy farming, animal health, calf rearing
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
"Organics" in general
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Farm Animal Behaviour and Husbandry
ISBN:978 1 78676 180 4
Deposited By: Bieber, Anna
ID Code:37187
Deposited On:10 Feb 2020 15:12
Last Modified:28 Jul 2021 14:12
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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