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One of the objectives of organic farming is to keep livestock healthy as a matter of principle, primarily by taking preventive measures. Livestock health depends on a range of factors such as the environment, feeding, housing, social behaviour within the herd or flock as well as general management and husbandry. Holistic animal health strategies consider all these factors; together, they underpin preventive herd/flock health management.
When food-producing animals fall ill they are largely treated using orthodox veterinary medicines, such as antibiotics. However, frequent use of antibiotics results in the development of antibiotics-resistant micro-organisms and these are now often found in farm animals. Moreover, via the animals’ faeces and urine such antibiotics-resistant micro-organisms are discharged into the environment where they may only slowly degrade.
In organic farming, preference is to be given to treating sick animals using complementary veterinary practices (e.g. phytotherapy or homoeopathy). Chemically-synthesized veterinary medication is to be reduced to a minimum and should only be resorted to in emergencies.
On this page, you can find tools and resources to help you keep your livestock healthy, and you can discuss the topic with others.
• FFS are groups of 5-7 farmers including one host and 4-6 advising guest farmers per meeting and one facilitator (possibly an advisor). • A set of…
As part of the CoreOrganic II project ProPig, researchers and advisors assessed animal health, welfare and environmental impact on 74 organic pig…
|Title||Issuing organisation||Project||Year of release||Rating|
|Farmer Field Schools – Using peer-to-peer advisory to reduce antibiotic inputs...||FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food||RELACS||2018|
|Feeding grass silage to fattening pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)||FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture||OK-Net EcoFeed||2019||4.3 (3)|
|Improving health and welfare of pigs - A handbook for organic pig farmers||FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture||2015|
|Relevance of roughage feeding to pigs (OK-Net Ecofeed Practice Abstract)||FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture||OK-Net EcoFeed||2019|