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Health and welfare in organic livestock production systems—a systematic mapping of current knowledge

Presto Åkerfeldt, Magdalena and Gunnarsson, Stefan and Bernes, Gun and Blanco Penedo, Isabel (2021). Health and welfare in organic livestock production systems—a systematic mapping of current knowledge. Organic Agriculture. 11 , 105-132
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Abstract

This review aimed to systematically map and summarize the status of animal health and welfare in organic production. The prevalence of diseases and behavioural effects in organic dairy cow, beef cattle, sheep, pig, laying hen and broiler chicken were discussed in the context of the organic values and current knowledge on animal health and welfare. In total 166 peer-reviewed scientific publications between 2008 and 2020 were included. No strong evidence for neither inferior nor distinctly higher animal welfare in organic compared with conventional production could be supported. The welfare status of organic livestock is in general good in relation to the OIE definition of animal health and welfare. However, organic systems are still facing several challenges related to animal health and the arising of goal conflicts due to management and practical implications. Greater possibilities to perform species-specific behaviours in organic production systems, however, indicate that the organic standards offer a good framework for high animal welfare management. For organic dairy farmers, the main health problems are similar to those of non-organic farms; especially mastitis and lameness need improvement. Parasites, together with mastitis and lamb mortality, are important welfare issues in organic sheep production. Piglet mortality, leg problems, parasite load and increasing respiratory problems are of major relevance in organic pig production. For organic laying hens, major health challenges relate to feather pecking and cannibalism, parasites and possibilities to express species-specific behaviours. For organic broilers, dermatitis of footpads, hocks and breast are reported as main health issues.

Authors/Creators:Presto Åkerfeldt, Magdalena and Gunnarsson, Stefan and Bernes, Gun and Blanco Penedo, Isabel
Title:Health and welfare in organic livestock production systems—a systematic mapping of current knowledge
Series Name/Journal:Organic Agriculture
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:11
Page range:105-132
Number of Pages:28
ISSN:1879-4238
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
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.
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Other Veterinary Science
Keywords:Animal welfare, Organic farming standards, Systematic review, Health indicators
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108841
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108841
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s13165-020-00334-y
ID Code:23353
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management
(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
(VH) > Dept. of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden

(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:27 Apr 2021 07:43
Metadata Last Modified:27 Apr 2021 07:51

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