USDA proposes amending 'origin-of-livestock' rule in organic program

By Agri-Pulse staff

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WASHINGTON, APRIL 27, 2015 - USDA is proposing to amend the origin-of-livestock requirements under the department's organic regulations.

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The proposed rule, which is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, would specify that a producer can transition dairy animals into organic production once.

It would also clarify that after completion of this one-time transition, any new dairy animals that a producer adds to a dairy farm would need to be managed organically from the last third of gestation or sourced from dairy animals that already completed their transition into organic production.

The proposal would also clarify how breeder stock should be managed on organic livestock farms, according to USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

Comment on the proposed rule will be accepted for 90 days after its publication in the Federal Register.

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