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Dairy health in German organic farming - an intervention study on lameness and the implementation of herd health plans

March, Solveig; Brinkmann, Jan and Winckler, Christoph (2006) Dairy health in German organic farming - an intervention study on lameness and the implementation of herd health plans. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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A pilot study carried out in 2002/2003 (50 farms) revealed that production diseases such as mastitis, lameness and metabolic disorders play a considerable role in german organic dairy farming. In a follow-up project, an intervention study on lameness is currrently being carried out in 43 cubicle housed Holstein Friesian herds. Farms are monitored at 3-months intervals for two years. The average baseline lameness prevalence was 26%. Preliminary findings suggest a beneficial effect of access to pasture during summer and improvements due to intervention measures (housing, management) taken in approximately half of the farms. In a third step, herd health plans with regard to mastitis, lameness, metabolic disorders, reproductive disorders and calf diseases will be implemented on the project farms integrating farmers, veterinary practitioners and advisors.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:BÖL, BOEL, FKZ 03OE406, Tiergesundheitskonzept, Qualitätsmanagement, ökologische Milchviehhaltung
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 8: Animal health and disease handling
Germany > Federal Organic Farming Scheme - BOELN > Animals > Tiergesundheit
Related Links:http://www.bundesprogramm-oekolandbau.de, http://www.bundesprogramm.de/fkz=03OE406, http://orgprints.org/perl/search/advanced?addtitle%2Ftitle=&keywords=03OE406&projects=BOEL&_order=bypublication&_action_search=Suchen
Deposited By: Winckler, Prof. Christoph
ID Code:7539
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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