Required Certification Practices for Livestock

Purchasing (or raising your own) parasite-free, organically-raised stock and providing access to ample pasture, water, and nutritional feed should allow for healthy organic livestock production. Livestock must receive 100 percent organic feed. Synthetic hormones and antibiotics are not permitted; however, the natural bacteria present in vaccinations is permissible. Synthetic parasiticides are not allowed; instead, organic farmers rely on natural parasiticides, such as diatomaceous earth (DE). Livestock must have access to pasture in order to be certified organic. Alternative health therapies, such as botanical remedies and muscle manipulation, are used by some organic livestock producers. Organic cows must be raised as organic (following prior specifications) in the final trimester in order to sell calves as "organic." Supplements (vitamins, minerals) must be approved by your certification agency and must not be listed as Prohibited Substances of the National List (www.ams.usda.gov/-nop/NationalList/ListHome.html).

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