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Improving Animal Health on Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views on Policy Options

Krieger, Margret and Jones, Philip J. and Blanco-Penedo, Isabel and Duval, Julie E. and Emanuelson, Ulf and Hoischen-Taubner, Susanne and Sjöström, Karin and Sundrum, Albert (2020). Improving Animal Health on Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views on Policy Options. Sustainability. 12 , 3001 , 1-17
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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, of improving organic health states. Acknowledging the need for further health improvements 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.

Authors/Creators:Krieger, Margret and Jones, Philip J. and Blanco-Penedo, Isabel and Duval, Julie E. and Emanuelson, Ulf and Hoischen-Taubner, Susanne and Sjöström, Karin and Sundrum, Albert
Title:Improving Animal Health on Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views on Policy Options
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:12
Article number:3001
Number of Pages:17
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:production diseases, dairy cows, organic farming, health requirements, outcome-oriented measures, stakeholder consultation, policy instruments
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105926
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105926
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DOI10.3390/su12073001
ID Code:17153
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:29 Jun 2020 07:14
Metadata Last Modified:29 Jun 2020 07:14

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