|There are four basic requirements to be certified as organic. I explain those basic requirements and how we comply with the organic livestock requirement below. In my search to learn more about Certified Organic Milk, I have found reliable websites detailing organic requirements. I am linking to a few sites at the bottom of this page.
1. Animals should be fed organic feed.
2. Animals must be given access to the outdoors. Pasture grazing is required for 120 days of the year – during the grazing season.
3. Animals are not given preventative antibiotics or administered animal drugs, other than vaccinations, in the absence of illness.
4. Animals are not given growth hormones or other synthetic substances not in the approved list of acceptable drugs.
I recommend learning about the source of whatever milk supply you choose, organic or none organic. What kind of herd management does the dairy use? What are its practices including winter feed, winter living conditions, health management, and waste management. How much of the diet is made up of grain or none grass/hay sources? How is the milk processed? Have the animals been tested for TB and Brucellosis? Is it pasteurized or raw milk?
Links to Information about Organic Milk and Requirements for Organic Milk or Livestock Productionn
|Organic Milk/Organic Livestock Information Links
||Brief Description of the Organic Milk Link
|Overview of the USDA National Organic Program by USDA Organic||An easy to read pdf produced by USDA Organic listing the requirements for organic products including organic livestock requirements.|
|The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service provides detailed requirements for organic milk production – listed as organic livestock production. List is readable but a little lengthy. The most useful information is listed under “livestock feed, livestock living conditions, and livestock health care practices.”|
|This cite is a government site showing the actual regulation in legal language. It links to each section of the organic production regulation code. I learned of this site from Clemson University which is licensed to certify organic operations. Some of the regulations are long and involved and a bit hard to understand.|
|An easy to read overview of what an organic livestock producer should consider to manage an organic operation.|
|This is an easy to read article from hub pages discussing the benefits of organic milk.|
|Unfortunately, organic milk fraud does exist. This article exposes some of the organic fraud on the market and emphasis the need to be aware of who is producing what we consume. Not all livestock producers are honest. Buyer beware is always a good policy.|
Brad and Jane Whitaker at [email protected]
|Source of organic corn and organic soybean in Northern Missouri and organic milk.|