Nutrition and Feeding of Organic Cattle Edition 2
Organic cattle farming is on the increase, with consumer demand for organic meat growing yearly. Beginning with an overview of the aims and principles behind organic cattle production, this book presents all-inclusive information about how to feed cattle so that the milk and meat produced meet organic standards, and provides a comprehensive summary of ruminant digestive processes and nutrition.
Since the publication of the first edition, global consumers have increasingly become concerned with the sustainability of meat production. Here, Robert Blair considers the interrelationships of sustainable practices and profitability of organic herds, reviewing how to improve forage production and quality, and minimizing the need for supplementary feeding using off-farm ingredients. This new edition also covers:
- managing a declining supply of organic feed ingredients, due to increased GM feed crop cultivation worldwide;
- current findings on appropriate breeds and grazing systems for forage-based organic production;
- diet-related health issues in organic herds and the effects of organic production on meat and milk quality.
1: Introduction and Background
2: Aims and Principles of Organic Cattle Production
3: Elements of Cattle Nutrition
4: Ingredients for Organic Diets
5: Breeds for Organic Cattle Production
6: Breeds for Organic Production
7: Feeding Organic Cattle
8: Conclusions and Recommendations for the Future