Organic Standards defined as a criterion for organic poultry farming which is must be maintained in farming practice organically. Normally these types of organic standards criteria approved by the certifying authority that is located in the various region of the world. Organic certification based on the organic standard of chicken.
Organic certification of chicken is based on the principles of enhancement utilization of the natural biological cycles in soils, crops, and livestock. According to these regulations, the following points must be considered for certification of organic chicken-
Using natural resources
Organic chicken production must maintain or improve the natural resources of the farm system, including soil and water quality.
Prohibition animals by product
Dietary supplements containing animal byproducts such as meat meals are also prohibited. Some commercial fishmeal which contains anima origin crude protein. any types of bone, blood meal, feather meal which are called animal by-products should be forbidden.
No hormones can be used, a requirement which is easy to apply in poultry production since hormone addition and approved veterinary biologics are inadequate to prevent sickness, the producer must administer conventional medications
Nearly all synthetic animal drugs used to control parasites, prevent disease, promote or act as feeds in amounts above those needed for adequate growth and health are prohibited in organic production.
Housing conditions should be such that disease risk is minimized, i.e. ventilation should be adequate, stocking rate should not be excessive and adequate dry bedding should be available.
The scavenging area should be kept for minimal contamination. Grazing management should be designed to minimize pasture contamination with parasite larvae.
Keep stress free
Stress should be minimized at all times. Rather than being aimed at maximizing animal performance, the dietary policy should be aimed at minimizing metabolic and physiological disorders; hence the requirement for some forage in their diet.
Organic poultry health and performance are optimized by careful attention to the basic principles of live six husbandries, such as the selection of appropriate breeds, Nutrition & stocking
appropriate management practices and nutrition, and avoidance of overstocking
Organic Feed, including pasture and forage, must be produced organically and health care treatments must fall within the range of accepted organic practices.
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Good Management Practise
The organic standard requires that hat livestock edible livestock product to be sold as organic must be maintained under continuous organic management from birth to market.
in order to organic standard, Chicken living conditions must accommodate the health and natural behavior of the animal. providing access to shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air and direct sunlight suitable to the animal’s stage of production or environmental conditions while complying with the other organic production regulations.
Better Waste Management
Producers must keep livestock and manage animal waste in such a way that supports instinctive, natural living conditions of the animal yet does not contribute to contamination of soil or water with excessive nutrients, heavy metals or pathogenic organisms, and optimizes nutrient recycling.
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