Organic Livestock

Organic livestock have certain welfare advantages over conventional. This is generally due to the organic standards emphasizing outdoor access, which enables the animals to engage in their natural behaviors. However, this area of organic agriculture is constantly evolving as certifiers, farmers, and regulators trend toward different practices. It is essential that organic stakeholders stay involved to protect the quality of organic livestock products and animal welfare.

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Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule (2017)

Make your voice heard: Submit electronic comments to the USDA by 11:59PM ET on June 9, 2017.

View the UDSA docket folder summary for Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Second Proposed Rule

Read Cornucopia’s comments on the final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule.

Read Cornucopia’s comments on the proposed rules.

Cornucopia Livestock-related Articles and News Releases

Action Alert: Tell USDA to Protect Organic Animal Welfare (May 2017)
Washington Post Investigative Report Documents Rampant Corruption at USDA Organic Program (May 2017)
Grass-fed Dairy an Expanding Market (May 2017)
Showdown at the Organic Corral (Feb 2017)
Years In the Making: Organic Welfare Rule (Way) Too Little / (Way) Too Late (Jan 2017)
The Cream Rises to the Top (Dec 2016)
Beneficial Wildlife (Nov 2016)

Cornucopia Livestock-related Reports and Scorecards

Organic Egg Report and Scorecard: Scrambled Eggs
Yogurt Report and Scorecard: Culture Wars
Organic Dairy Report and Scorecard: Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Milk (update coming in 2017)