Improving animal health on organic dairy farms: Stakeholder views on policy options
Jones, Philip J.
Duval, Julie E.
Although ensuring good animal health is a stated aim of organic livestock farming and an important reason why consumers purchase organic products, the health states actually achieved are comparable to those in conventional farming. Unfortunately, there have been no studies to date that have assessed stakeholder views on diﬀerent policy options for improving animal health on organic dairy farms. To address this deﬁcit, stakeholder consultations were conducted in four European countries, involving 39 supply-chain stakeholders (farmers, advisors, veterinarians, inspectors, processors, and retailers). Stakeholders were encouraged to discuss diﬀerent ways, including policy change,ofimprovingorganichealthstates. Acknowledgingtheneedforfurtherhealthimprovements in organic dairy herds, stakeholders generally favoured establishing outcome-oriented animal health requirements as a way of achieving this. However, as a result of diﬀering priorities for animal health improvement, there was disagreement on questions such as: who should be responsible for assessing animal health status on organic farms; and how to deﬁne and implement minimum health requirements. The results of the study suggest that future research must fully explore the opportunities and risks of diﬀerent policy options and also suggest ways to overcome the divergence of stakeholders’ interests in public debates.
636 - Animal husbandry and breeding in general. Livestock rearing. Breeding of domestic animals
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Krieger, Margret, Philip J. Jones, Isabel Blanco-Penedo, Julie E. Duval, Ulf Emanuelson, Susanne Hoischen-Taubner, Karin Sjöström, and Albert Sundrum. 2020. "Improving Animal Health On Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views On Policy Options". Sustainability 12 (7): 3001. MDPI AG. doi:10.3390/su12073001.
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EC/FP7/311824/EU/Impact matrix analysis and cost-benefit calculations to improve management practices regarding health status in organic dairy farming/IMPRO
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