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Improving Animal Health on Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views on Policy Options

Krieger, Margret; Jones, Philip; Blanco-Penedo, Isabel; Duval, Julie; Emanuelson, Ulf; Hoischen-Taubner, Susanne; Sjöström, Karin and Sundrum, Albert (2020) Improving Animal Health on Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views on Policy Options. Sustainability, p. 3001.

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Although ensuring good animal health is a stated aim of organic livestock farming and an important reason why consumers purchase organic products, the health states actually achieved are comparable to those in conventional farming. Unfortunately, there have been no studies to date that have assessed stakeholder views on different policy options for improving animal health on organic dairy farms. To address this deficit, stakeholder consultations were conducted in four European countries, involving 39 supply-chain stakeholders (farmers, advisors, veterinarians, inspectors, processors, and retailers). Stakeholders were encouraged to discuss different ways, including policy change, of improving organic health states. Acknowledging the need for further health improvements in organic dairy herds, stakeholders generally favoured establishing outcome-oriented animal health requirements as a way of achieving this. However, as a result of differing priorities for animal health improvement, there was disagreement on questions such as: who should be responsible for assessing animal health status on organic farms; and how to define and implement minimum health requirements. The results of the study suggest that future research must fully explore the opportunities and risks of different policy options and also suggest ways to overcome the divergence of stakeholders’ interests in public debates.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Production diseases (en), Dairy cows (en), Organic farming (en), Health requirements (en), Outcome-oriented measures (en), Stakeholder consultation (en), Policy instruments (en)
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Research affiliation: France > INRAe - Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement
ISSN:ISSN: 2071-1050
Project ID:HAL-INRAe
Deposited By: PENVERN, Servane
ID Code:40409
Deposited On:12 Aug 2021 10:37
Last Modified:12 Aug 2021 10:37
Document Language:English

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