Jim Riddle, University of Minnesota
In order to be certified, §205.201 of the National Organic Program (NOP) final rule (United States Department of Agriculture [USDA], 2000) requires that all organic dairy and livestock producers complete Organic System Plans that:
Section 205.103 requires that all organic operations, including livestock and dairy producers, must maintain records that:
In addition, §205.236(c) requires that "the producer of an organic livestock operation must maintain records sufficient to preserve the identity of all organically managed animals and edible and non-edible animal products produced on the operation," (USDA, 2000). This means that all organic animals must be tagged, named, grouped in flocks, or otherwise identified, with corresponding records maintained of all health events and medications or activities; all feeds and feed supplements purchased and consumed for all stages of life; housing and pasture rotations; etc. Records must also be maintained of all products produced, including meat, milk, eggs, wool, and so forth.
For further information, see Organic System Plan Overview.
This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.