Are there any ruminant animals that are exempt from the 30% DMI during the grazing season?

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Yes, breeding bulls, animals denied pasture in accordance with temporary confinement allowances (§ 205.239(b)(1-8), and slaughter stock in the finishing phase are exempt from the 30% dry matter intake (DMI) requirement. Bulls cannot be sold, labeled or represented as organically produced if they are denied pasture. Those animals temporarily denied pasture must obtain at least 30% of their DMI for the periods that they are on pasture. Slaughter stock during the finishing period must have access to pasture but do not need to meet the 30% DMI from pasture requirement.