As well as requiring that animals are genuinely free range, Soil Association organic standards cover living conditions, food quality, the use of antibiotics, as well as transport and slaughter. These standards mean that animals raised organically enjoy the very highest welfare standards of farmed animals.
Organic farming uses sustainable methods of food production and embodies the respectful use of the countryside and concern for animal welfare.
There is no use of artificial fertilizers or chemical sprays allowed on the land.
- The welfare of animals is central to organic principles. Our standards mean:
- No factory farming
- Lots of outdoor space and fresh air
- Encouragement of normal animal behaviour
- No routine use of drugs and vaccines
- No genetically modified (GM) feed or growth hormones
- Minimised stress in transport and slaughter
Organic farming is a holistic method of agriculture. Through a positive management approach to health and welfare, farmers aim to prevent disease from occurring on the farm. If disease does occur then organic farmers are encouraged to use natural and complementary therapies. If these are not appropriate then in the interest of animal welfare medicines, including antibiotics, may be used as a last resort.If medicine or antibiotics are used the withdrawal time is tripled and if treatment is used for a second time the product (meat or milk )is withdrawn and cannot be sold as organic.
Organic farming is a sustainable and safe method of food production,protects the environment and the farmers health,enhances food security, and is the only option for family farms to remain viable into the future.