Lower stocking rates and healthy herds are associated with organic farms, according to Tralee-based Veterinary Surgeon and Organic Farmer Paddy Fenton.
Fenton said that farmers entering into organic beef production for the first time must be aware that managing herd health is a key requirement of the organic certification process.
One of the key differences between conventional and organic beef production is the use of medicines such as antibiotics, he said.
Fenton said organic farmers need to place more of an emphasis on protecting their animals fromdisease and parasites through management practices, rather than relying on over-the-counter products or medicines.
Read full article: Managing herd health key when making the switch to organic beef – Agriland