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Rules for meat and dairy produce

All animals must be free-range (see details below) and meat animals must be slaughtered to Humane Slaughter Association recommendations. (Note these do not permit the ritual religious slaughter of fully conscious animals by throat-cutting as performed in Halal and Kosher slaughter).

Feed: All must be fed on organic or OR-CO.UK standard food and a major part of their diet must come from produce you grow yourself.

Medication: no animal may be given medication as a part of its diet or a regular prophyllactic treatment. Any sick animal may be treated using any medication recommended or prescribed by a veterinary surgeon but the veterinary advice must be followed concerning the withdrawal period: the time which must elapse after treatment ends before the animal or its produce may be sold for human consumption.

If you buy in animals for fattening for slaughter they must either come from organic or OR-CO.UK approved producers or spend a minimum of six-month on your land before slaughter. Poultry bought as egg-layers or cattle/sheep/goats as milking animals must be from organic sources if their produce is to be sold within three months of purchase.

The animals/birds must live in the open for ann average of 10 or more hours a day (except in periods of extreme weather) and gain the majority of their food from growing vegetation or produce (hay or grains) grown on your land.

A flock of poultry must not exceed 100 (50 for geese and turkeys) and they must have 20 sq. m. of pasture per bird (30 sq. m. for geese & turkeys) plus a poultry house with at least 1 sq. m. per six birds (three for geese or turkeys) and with adequate perch space, feeding and water dispenser space for each bird. If you wish to be a larger scale poultry producer you should obtain full organic status.

Larger stock (cows, sheep, goats, pigs) require substantial pasture: sufficient so that the animals can be rotated to new pasture every four months of so and the old pasture be used for crop/hay growing before being used again as pasture. No more than 25 ewes/ nannies or sows or 15 cows - for more, seek organic certification.

Rabbits These are best avoided. There is little market for rabbit meat (and wild caught rabbits supply much of this). Traditional caged (hutch) rearing of rabbits is inhumane and not permitted for OR-CO.UK produce. Use of a "warren" enclosed by a rabbit and fox-proof fence (electric or chain wire) is permitted provided it is large enough for the enclosed rabbits to feed exclusively on food growing within it.

Deer: deer-farming is not allowed under these rules. Wild-harvested deer are under-utilised and need to be culled for nature conservation reasons. Rearing them in captivity is to be discouraged.







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