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Animal Husbandry

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  • Any handler who wishes to take up organic livestock rearing with the purposes of processing organic livestock by products.

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  • Animals must be born from production units complying with organic guidelines.
  • No transfer of livestock between organic and non-organic units.
  • ADITI allows livestock from a non-organic source under specific conditions like establishing an organic livestock for first time, renewal of herd, or while introducing breeding males.

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  • Animals shall bear unique identification numbers in the form of ear tags.
  • The producer shall maintain the health, breeding and production records of animals maintained in the farm.
  • Details of parents, source, purchase, animal details (date of birth, parity), breeding details etc. shall be maintained.

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  • Housing and day-to-day management of animals- Fulfill biological and behavioral needs
  • Minimum surface area indoors and outdoors and min number of animals per hectare shall be as per standards
  • Tethering of livestock is prohibited.

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  • For organic livestock-The conversion period shall be for three (3) years. If Simultaneous conversion of land and livestock, then it is reduced to 2 yrs.
  • Minimum surface area indoors and outdoors and min number of animals per hectare shall be as per standards
  • If land alone has reached organic status and the livestock from a non-organic source is introduced, conversion period is ninety (90) days during the implementation after that six months for the livestock reared for milk purposes.

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  • 85% of dry matter feed must be from organic sources
  • Young animals for natural feed, such as, feeding of maternal milk, milk from other mammal or milk replacer of organic origin.
  • The permitted supplements, feed materials and processing aids shall be as per NPOP standards

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  • A program of health management of animals and testing of the herd as per the common diseases of herd
  • Minimum surface area of indoors and outdoors and minmum number of animals per hectare shall be as per standards
  • Preference shall be given for treatment and prevention of diseases herbal/phyto-therapeutic, homeopathic or ayurvedic products when compared to allopathic veterinary drugs or antibiotic

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  • Reproduction through natural methods, although artificial insemination may be used.
  • Breeding techniques employing genetic engineering shall not be used.

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  • Manure application rates shall be at levels that do not contribute to ground and/or surface water contamination.