Organic Livestock

Cow with calf on pasture.

Breeding and husbandry of organic cattle, swine, poultry and other livestock must meet National Organic Program Standards for livestock origin, feed, health and living conditions.



Organic Livestock Requirements

USDA. AMS. National Organic Program.

Factsheet summarizes National Organic Program standards for all livestock production, ruminant pasture standards, and the benefits of organic livestock production and pasture-based systems.


Guide for Organic Livestock Producers

National Center for Appropriate Technology and the USDA. AMS. National Organic Program

"This guide is an overview of the process of becoming certified organic. It is designed to explain the USDA organic regulations as they apply to livestock producers."


Organic Livestock

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agricultural Information Service.

Full-text publications cover organic livestock production practices and list subject experts, publications and Web sites. Includes highlights of the USDA National Organic Program Regulations and a workbook to help producers understand allowed practices and materials.


Organic Livestock: What You Need To Know (PPT | 217 KB)

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Summarizes organic livestock production requirements and cites relevant sections of the National Organic Program Standards.


Organic Livestock Feed Suppliers

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

"This searchable online database provides information on suppliers who offer certified organic feed for livestock. It is searchable by region and by type of livestock feed offered. Lists of distributors for some organic feeds are also included."


Cyber-Help for Organic Farmers

Canadian Organic Growers; Certified Organic Assocations of British Columbia.

Works to facilitate organic food production in Canada and increase farmer access to electronic information. A "Learning" component, Organic Livestock - Dairy, Meat and Poultry Production links to U.S. and Canadian publications and fact sheets.


Animal Health and Welfare in Organic Farming

University of Reading (Canada). Department of Agriculture. Organic Livestock Research Group.

Compendium of resource material and training tool for "farmers, advisors, inspectors, veterinarians, organic sector bodies and policy makers on issues related to general and specific animal health and welfare aspects of organic livestock production."