Organic Livestock Operations
Organic certification of livestock operations prohibit the use of antibiotics and hormones. Organic operations place emphasis on preventative practices such as reduced stress animal husbandry practices, diet and living conditions. Certified organic operations are also required to manage waste in order to prevent soil and water contamination.
National Organics Program published annually by The Code of Federal Regulations outlines in detail all requirements of organic livestock and crop operations.
As a veterinarian working with organic producers it is important to understand the role and responsibilities of a veterinarian treating organic livestock. It is important to know how to treat the animal and best advise the owner in order to not jeopardize their organic status and certification.
In order to be marketed as “Organic” in the United States, all domestic and imported livestock products must comply with Federal regulations. The Code of Federal Regulations describes the National Organic Program, and is run by the US Department of Agriculture. The Organic Foods Production Act authorized the organization and formation of the National Organics Program to establish organic standards. The USDA supervises the production and labelling of organic products under the Organic Foods Production Act.