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Dry Matter Intake from Pasture

Use this worksheet throughout the grazing season to document the Dry Matter Intake (DMI) in each ration fed to each class of animal. Complete a new worksheet any time the ration for a class of animals changes.

Feed Type DMI Table

Use this document as a reference for average dry matter percentages for common feeds.

H2.2 Livestock Feed

Describe your organic livestock feed products. Attach labels to this form. Update this form when you add a new product.

L3.0 Livestock Feed, Feed Supplements, Water

Describe all feed provided to animals, including any feed supplements. Also describe drinking water provided.

L3.1 Ruminant Livestock Feed and Water

Only required for operations that raise ruminant livestock (i.e. animals with rumens, including cattle, goats, sheep, bison). Describe the percentage of pasture provided in the total ration and drinking water provided.

Seasonal Dry Matter Intake from Pasture

Use this worksheet at the end of the grazing season to average the Dry Matter Intake (DMI) from each feed ration. This worksheet will help you find the overall average DMI from pasture for the entire grazing season for each class of animals.

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

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.

Are vaccines allowed in organic livestock production?

Yes, other allowed medical treatments include vitamins, minerals, probiotics, herbal remedies, and electrolytes. All health care materials must be listed in your Organic System Plan (OSP).

Use MyCCOF: Materials Search to find and add materials approved for use in organic production or to request the review of a material you would like to use.

Can I give antibiotics (or other prohibited products) to my breeder stock?

Non-organic breeder stock must be managed organically during the last third of gestation when the offspring are to be raised as organic livestock. They must also be managed organically while lactating and providing milk to their offspring. During other times, non-organic breeder stock does not need to be managed in accordance with organic standards.

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