Organic System Plans: Livestock Production

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By George Kuepper

Published: 2006

Updated: 2009



76 pages


If you want to certify your livestock operation(s) as organic, you will need an organic system plan. This guide was developed to assist you in completing the application for organic certification by explaining just what information certifiers want in a system plan and why it is required.

Table of Contents

Farm plan update
Section 1: General information
Section 2: Minor noncompliances
Section 3: Organic plan update
Section 4: Annual summary of organic crop yield and sales
Section 5: Affirmation
Field history sheet
Farm map
Soil test audit
Adjoining land-use letter
Organic livestock application form
Section 1: General information
Section 2: Prior non-compliances
Section 3: Livestock inventory descriptions
Section 4: Origin of organic livestock
Section 5: Livestock feed and feed supplements
Section 6: Water
Section 7: Living conditions
Section 8: Pasture
Section 9: Manure management
Section 10: Livestock health care practices
Section 11: Handling for slaughter plan
Section 12: Milk handling plan
Section 13: Egg handling and packing plan
Section 14: Fiber handling and packing plan
Section 15: Animal identification
Section 16: Marketing and labeling
Section 17: Recordkeeping
Section 18: Split production
Section 19: Affirmation
Water test audit
Handling Plan Application
Section 1: General information
Section 2: Labeling and product composition
Section 3: Assurance of organic integrity
Section 4: Pest management
Section 5: Recordkeeping
Section 6: Affirmation
Process flow chart
Organic product profile
Egg labels
Final note

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