Welfare of dairy cattle in summer and winter – a comparison of organic and conventional herds in a farm network in Germany

Dairy cow welfare in 19 organic and 15 conventional farms in distinct soil climate regions of Germany was examined using the Welfare Quality® assessment protocol for dairy cattle (WQ®). In comparison to other studies, this one is outstanding in that (a) the WQ® protocol was carried out twice per farm (in the winter period 2014/2015 and in the following summer period) and that (b) some parameters were measured directly on pasture, if pasture access was provided on the farm during the summer period.

Faecal egg counts to improve worm control in organic sheep farming

Dewormers represent a contentious input in organic farming. Their synthetic residues enter animal products and the environment, and further contribute to the global spread of anthelmintic resistance. Monitoring of faecal egg counts (FEC) is the most powerful tool available to determine levels of worm infections on farm. When done correctly, they can significantly improve parasite control strategies.

FEC can reduce anthelmintic inputs by enabling:

• Strategic targeting of anthelmintic treatments

Productivity of multi-species organic farms in Europe: initial insights toward sustainable livestock systems

Core Organic Cofund project is working on the diversification of farming systems, that  might provide significant environmental and socio-economic benefits. Multi-species livestock farms are complex, and therefore difficult to characterize; however, this complexity can potentially be an advantage for developing robust animal production systems.


Save the date – Online conference on sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production

The EU project OK-Net EcoFeed announces its final project conference bringing together four Horizon 2020 projects: OK-Net EcoFeed, PPILOW, FreeBirds and POWER. The joint online conference "Improving sustainability and welfare in organic poultry and pig production" will take place from 25 to 26 January 2021.


US and Japan expand organic trade opportunities, livestock added to trade arrangements

The United States and Japan announced the expansion of their organic equivalence arrangement to include livestock products. The arrangement has gone into effect July 16, 2020 and reduces costs and streamlines the process for anyone involved in the organic livestock supply chain by requiring only one organic certification.


Special issue of "Animals" dedicated to "Animal health, welfare and sustainability of organic production"

The opportunity to present papers on the theme "Animal health, welfare and sustainability of organic production" is now open on Animals, an international open access magazine entirely dedicated to animals, including zoology and veterinary sciences, published monthly online. Guest editor Dr. Valentina Ferrante, from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the Università degli Studi di Milano.


MIX-ENABLE - new research project about sustainable livestock farming

Under the name MIX-ENABLE ten partner organisations from all over Europe and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL launched a research and development project on sustainable organic mixed livestock farming at the beginning of April. The kick-off meeting of the MIX-ENABLE project took place in Toulouse, France. Twenty-five researchers from seven countries met to plan the first stages of this project.

Abbonamento a livestock