Studying the benefits of grassfed livestock

The production system is linked to healthier meat, egg and dairy products By Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff It’s unlikely that University of Toronto researcher Richard Bazinet will include on his resumé the fact that he had a whole room of farmers holding their noses during one of his presentations. But it was actually an effective […]

Turning livestock mortalities into compost

By Greg Berg OrganicBiz staff Livestock producers are always working to avoid mortalities, but they do happen and are an unfortunate part of production. In addition, dealing with the carcass afterward can be time consuming. On display at Manitoba Ag Days this past January, BioMulcher is designed to handle these dead animals by mechanically breaking them […]

Compost bedding good for cow claw health

University of Veterinary Medicine-Vienna – The comfort and wellbeing of the animals is an important consideration when dairy cows are kept in barns. The freedom afforded by loose housing systems such as freestall cubicle barns promotes the natural behaviour and health of the animals. The widespread switch from tie-stall housing to loose housing has seen […]

USDA invites comments on new organic livestock regulations

By John Morriss OrganicBiz staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has invited comments on proposed changes to organic livestock and poultry production requirements. In a release, the USDA said the changes are intended to maintain confidence in organically labelled products, and are based on recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board […]