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Veterinary treatment in organic husbandry

By R. Koopmann, M. Ganter and M. Link

Abstract

The organic farming regulations put emphasis on the preservation of animal health by prophylaxis in the agriculture. The No 5 of the regulation EC 1804/99 (EC organic regulation) Appendix I B defines the veterinary treatments in organic animal husbandry. The veterinarian can use any medicine, which is effective for the indication and the animal species. If possible, effective homeopathics, phytotherapeutics or the like should have priority. \ud Problems of implementing the EC organic regulation into the daily farm practice arise mostly from the doubling of the withdrawal period and the restriction of the numbers of treatments. The strict ban on prophylactic treatments is not mentioned any longer in the new regulation 834/2007, which shall apply as from 1st January 2009.\ud Clarification of the guidelines for animal treatments in organic farming seems to be useful for farmers, veterinarians and boards of control. \ud \u

Topics: Health and welfare
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:orgprints.org:11643
Provided by: Organic Eprints

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