Organic Livestock Research Needs

July 19, 2019


I was reading through the 2016 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) Report  and discovered a short section on the research needs for ORGANIC Livestock Production.  


The Report states the following priorities, three or four of which may pertain to veterinary entomologists: 


• Efficacy of available treatments, therapies, and approved products.
• Impact of grass-based systems on animal disease (long-term study).
• Incidence of lameness on organic farms, causes, nutrition, symptoms, housing, stress,
environment, and preventative practices.
• Breed performance in organic systems (health, pathogens, and parasites).
• Parasite prevention on pastures.
• Poultry breed and ration customization for season/climate, environment, available feeds,
pasture, and markets.
• Integrated livestock/crop systems (food safety and pest/disease suppression).


Perhaps, this information will support some of you in securing grant funding related to pest management in organic livestock systems.

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