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Organic livestock production: General aspects  [2009]

Espinoza, J.L., Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur Palacios, A., Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur Guerra, D., Centro de Investigaciones para el Mejoramiento Animal de la Ganadería Tropical González-Peña, D., Centro de Investigaciones para el Mejoramiento Animal de la Ganadería Tropical

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In recent years increasing interest for the application of sustainable animal production systems has been shown. A balanced relationship between environmental, sociocultural and economical factors is expected from their use. Regarding the environmental protection, the basic standards for organic livestock production are focussed against pollution and the reduction of nutrient loss. In relation to animals' health, comparative studies have not reported essential differences between organic and conventional production systems. There is objective information available mainly for dairy bovine cattle (metabolic disorders, mastitis and internal parasites). With respect to animal welfare, organic farms based on standards and official regulations, supply to the animals' special life conditions. Regarding product quality, there is poor evidence showing an important effect of the system or production method on their quality.

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Ciencia y Tecnología Ganadera

ISSN : 1998-3050

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