Need of Organic Farming
With the increase in incidences of livestock diseases such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), and other pesticide contamination in food and milk products, interest in organic dairy farming have been considerably increasing all over the world.
The main objective of organic dairy farming is food safety, consumer protection, animal health and welfare and sustainability.
Why Go Organic?
These days there so many adulteration or contamination issues specially in milk & milk products mainly because of the extreme commercialization of the dairy industry which produces so many doubts in the consumers mind about the qualitative aspect of these products. As a general consumer, nobody has the knowledge, time or energy to grade these products as authentic or unauthentic. Till now the government has not regarded dairy as an independent industry and therefore not much efforts have been made to improve its condition which has also served as an important factor of its slow qualitative growth. So the question remains as how do the general consumers could make sure that the milk & milk products that we consume are contamination or adulteration free. Also, in today’s busy lifestyle it is difficult to acquire such knowledge, devote time & energy to search authentic milk with persistent quality. Well, globally these questions have a one word answer which is ORGANIC.
The organic food industry has grown remarkably over the past few years. However, growth in the organic dairy sector has been slow but steady. Dairy industry in India is going to attain 40-50% growth (y to y). Organic dairy in the United States (U.S.) represents 15% of total organic retail food sales and about 1% of the total milk market. Organic dairy products in the U.S. are generally marketed through mainstream supermarket channels and natural foods stores. Germany and Italy are the largest markets for organic milk and milk products in Europe. Denmark is the largest producer of organic dairy products in Europe with dairy products accounting for over 55% of the volume of organic product exports, followed by Austria. Austria also exports 30% of organic milk production to Italy, the UK and Germany.
General practices of organic dairy farming taking into the account livestock management, conversion period into organic, introduction of animals from farms that are non-organic, breeds and breeding, mutilations, feeding, health coverage, transport and slaughter, cleaning and disinfection of sheds and livestock ethical issues.
Organic farming is a form of agriculture which avoids or largely excludes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators, and livestock feed additives. Organic is certification assuring that the goods are produced in the most natural manner as per the global practices.
Organic dairy farm vs. Conventional Dairy
- Non-use of prophylactic antibiotic.
- Wide spread use of straw bedding.
- Restriction on slatted floors and tethering.
- Broader range of breeds.
- Strong emphasis on production from forages.
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