Renee Hunt, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, (614) 421-2022, firstname.lastname@example.org
“The objective of this educational series is to help veterinarians and their clients design best herd health management practices that comply with federal and state regulations and organic standards when considering the health and well-being of the animal,” said Ohio State University Assistant Professor and Extension Veterinarian Dr. Gustavo M. Schuenemann.
As part of this series, participants will learn how to perform an on-farm risk assessment, or audit, to identify and rank risk factors associated with herd health and performance. “This audit will be a valuable service they can offer clients—certified organic or otherwise,” said Schuenemann.
The educational series will also demystify the organic standards, and clarify the requirements for individual animals to obtain and maintain their organic status. “Understanding the certification process will benefit everyone—the animal, the farmer, the service provider, and the consumer,” said OEFFA Organic Certification Program Manager Julia Barton.
Demand for organic products continues to increase, including organic meat, poultry, dairy, and fiber. Ohio ranks second for the number of dairy farmers that produce milk for Organic Valley, for example. Approximately 270 Ohio farms are certified organic livestock and poultry operations.
The series will cover the following topics:
- Transition cow management, emphasizing calving-related disease prevention and on-farm risk assessment
- Organic standards for livestock, allowed inputs, and the certification process
- Management of somatic cell counts and mastitis control
- Parasite management and control
- Pain management, regulatory medicine, and science-based treatments
- Organic poultry flock health
- Nutrition-related diseases
- On-farm health audits to assess herd risk factors
- Defining, monitoring, and recordkeeping of health events
- CSI for Dairy: On-Farm Audits to Assess Risk Webinar—Monday, June 23, 1 p.m. EDT
- Certified Organic Dairy Tour and Workshop—Thursday, June 26, 1 p.m. EDT at Pleasantview Farm in Circleville, OH
- Certified Organic Livestock Standards Webinar—Thursday, July 10, 1 p.m. EDT
- Organic Livestock Inputs Webinar—Wednesday, October 1, 1 p.m. EDT
In addition, veterinarians and other agriculture professionals that work with poultry and livestock can join a network to share ideas and find answers to questions. “Their work will be strengthened as this network bridges the gaps between educators, certifiers, farmers, and veterinarians,” said Eric Pawlowski, OEFFA Sustainable Agriculture Educator.
This series is made possible with funding from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program.