Organic Dairy Sector
Organic Dairy Production, a segment of Organic farming is primarily based on the followingfarm and live stock managment practices:
Grazing is an essential requirement under organic herd managment. Animal should havesufficient area for grazing and free movement. Confinement of animals for a long periodis not allowed.
In organic milk production, the cattle health has to be managed with almost nil to veryrestricted use of the allopathic medicines including the antibiotics and hormones.Prevention is the best remedy under the organic herd managment, followed bt the use of alternate remedies like ayurvedic, homeopathic and other indigenous practices.
Clean drinking water in sufficient quantity is to be offered to the animals.
Pesticide free green fodder and feed in sufficient amounts are to be fed to animals.
Pure livestock breeds are preferred. Local breeds are to be encouraged. Cross breedinggoes against the philosophy of organic milk production.
Artificial insemination is not allowed under the organic managment as per the indianstandards though the European standards allow for artificial insemination.
No child labour is to be used in production, prosessing and marketing of dairy products.
Producres have to keep the written records concerning the production and processing.
For the production of organic foods and products special care is taken to excludeartificial ingredients like colour, flavour, stablizer, sweetener etc.
Organic Milk and Dairy Products
The following points will help in understanding about the organic milk in the detail:
Organic milk is the result of keeping and feeding dairy cows under special conditions.Theconditions bind to the fundatmental rules for organic dairy products. It is guided byseveral national and international organzations.
In USA, task is monitored under the organic food production Act of 1990 (under USDA)and a National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has been set up. The NOSB definesorganic agriculture as an ecological production managment system that promotes and