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

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Department of Animal Nutrition and Animal Health, University of Kassel, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany
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School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AR, UK
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Animal Welfare Program, Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology—IRTA, 17121 Monells, Spain
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Department of Clinical Sciences, SLU, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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BIOEPAR, Oniris, INRA, 44307 Nantes, France
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Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 3001; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12073001
Received: 27 February 2020 / Revised: 7 April 2020 / Accepted: 8 April 2020 / Published: 9 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Organic Agriculture and Food Systems)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: production diseases; dairy cows; organic farming; health requirements; outcome-oriented measures; stakeholder consultation; policy instruments production diseases; dairy cows; organic farming; health requirements; outcome-oriented measures; stakeholder consultation; policy instruments
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Krieger, M.; Jones, P.J.; Blanco-Penedo, I.; Duval, J.E.; Emanuelson, U.; Hoischen-Taubner, S.; Sjöström, K.; Sundrum, A. Improving Animal Health on Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views on Policy Options. Sustainability 2020, 12, 3001. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12073001

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Krieger M, Jones PJ, Blanco-Penedo I, Duval JE, Emanuelson U, Hoischen-Taubner S, Sjöström K, Sundrum A. Improving Animal Health on Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views on Policy Options. Sustainability. 2020; 12(7):3001. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12073001

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Krieger, Margret, Philip J. Jones, Isabel Blanco-Penedo, Julie E. Duval, Ulf Emanuelson, Susanne Hoischen-Taubner, Karin Sjöström, and Albert Sundrum. 2020. "Improving Animal Health on Organic Dairy Farms: Stakeholder Views on Policy Options" Sustainability 12, no. 7: 3001. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12073001

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