The NOSB recommends that conventional feed be allowed only if the organic feed supply has been compromised by a national, state or local weather emergency, or by fire or flood on an organic farm.
Growth promoters and hormones, and plastic pellets for roughage in feed are prohibited. Synthetic vitamins and minerals are allowed.
Organic Livestock Production
Standards for organic livestock production are meant to assure both an organic product to the consumer and living conditions for farm animals that limit stress and promote good health. They address substances used in health care and feeding, as well as herd or flock management and housing.
Livestock includes cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, wild or domesticated game and horses raised for slaughter or used as draft animals. There are even standards for organic bee-keeping.
Regardless of whether they’re raised as breeding stock, as dairy animals, or for slaughter, all livestock is covered by the Act.
Housing and Health Care for Organic Livestock
Healthy living conditions and attentive care are considered first steps in the prevention of illness. Therefore, animals must not be overcrowded, and must be allowed periodic access to the outdoors and direct sunlight.
Antibiotics, wormers and other medications may not be used routinely as preventative measures. See The National List for specific details on medications recommended by the NOSB for use in organic livestock health care.
Recordkeeping for Organic Livestock
Records must be kept on all feeding and health care practices for each animal or flock, and there must be a verifiable audit trail to trace any animal or flock back to the farm.
Health-e-Solutions comment: Note that it does not require animals be raised using natural feed (e.g. grass for cows) or in their natural environment. This is why it is also important to know if the animals were, in the case of cattle as an example, grass-fed, finished and pasture raised.
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