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Practical approaches to animal health issues on organic farms

Plate, Peter


Peter Plate


A summary of a workshop attended by 15 delegates at the BCVA congress on 19th October 2018. The workshop
started with an overview of organic animal health standards and the organic market. In the EU animal health
standards promote ‘positive health’ and preventive medicine, but treatments can be given without the animals
losing their organic status. This is different in some other countries, especially the USA, and this is relevant when
UK producers export produce. A misunderstanding of standards can lead to potential welfare problems, but
correctly managed, organic standards promote high levels of welfare and health. Some examples of common
health issues and their management within the organic system are given — mastitis, calf issues, Johne’s control,
trace element deficiencies and parasite control.


Plate, P. (2019). Practical approaches to animal health issues on organic farms. Livestock, 24(1), 34-40.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 2, 2019
Publication Date Jan 2, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 12, 2022
Print ISSN 2053-0862
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 34-40


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