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Animal welfare
Animals in Agriculture PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 June 2009 08:47

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Half a century ago, family farms were prevalent.  Animals grazed on pasture, breathing fresh air and feeling sunshine on their backs.  During inclement weather, they were sheltered in straw-bedded barns.

In contrast, the rearing of farm animals today is dominated by industrialized facilities that maximize profits by treating animals not as sentient creatures, but as production units.  Raised by the thousands, at a single site, animals are confined in such tight quarters that they can scarcely move, let alone behave normally.  Such production creates what appears to be “cheap” meat, eggs and dairy products, but what at the cash register appears inexpensive in fact costs dearly to farm animals, the environment, rural, traditional farming, human health and food quality.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2009 13:02
 
Health PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009 08:02

Farmer taking care of his piglet The maintenance of healthy and happy animals is one of the key principles of organic farming. This is achieved through careful management and attention to the specific needs of different species.

As with the production of organic crops, the health and welfare of livestock is largely achieved without reliance on synthetic inputs such as antibiotics. Preventive measures are used to minimise the risk of pests and diseases.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2009 13:03
 
Husbandry PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009 07:59

Animal husbandry is one of the areas where the skills of organic farmers are most important and most frequently called upon.

There are many practices and principles involved in this field, all of which are designed to provide livestock with comfortable and stress-free lives in accordance with their natural needs.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2009 13:03
 
Feed PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 May 2009 07:56

Goat herdOrganic livestock feed should contribute to the health and well-being of the individual animal.

For this reason, organic farmers provide their livestock with organically grown feed that not only helps their animals grow and produce, but which also helps to improve the animal’s health and welfare.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2009 13:03
 


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