Organic breeding e Animal Welfare

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What is an organic breeding?

Organic breeding aims at respecting the animal welfare, the environment and the final consumer,
with a guarantee for the highest quality of production.

Due to the new cooking and nutrition trends arising nowadays, consumers care more and more about the quality and origin of the products they buy, as a consequence of this behavior the consumption of organic meat has increased. For this reason, organic breeding products are certified through a rigid and meticulous control system that guarantees the respect of the norms of this production method.

A product can be certified and labeled as “organic food”, only if it satisfies a series of precise requirements. The whole process of products’ transformation, production, conservation, storage and sale has to follow the organic method, under the control of the Entities that verify the respect of the norms. Even the raw material undergoes severe checks, therefore, one of the necessary requirements is the certified origin from organic agricultural firms.

Main features of an Organic Breeding and Animal Welfare
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The number of animals raised has to be proportional to the available land.

The livestock relies on the land for its nutrition, as much as the land relies on the livestock for the precious nourishing elements that it gives to the soil, improving its quality.

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Barns need to have a minimum surface and features that respect the animals.

Unlike intensive farming, organic breeding allows animals to have the suitable space to move freely.


Livestock transport has to be as short as possible.

It is developed in order not to stress animals, therefore, loading and unloading operations are carried out without violence and with no sedatives during the journey.

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Animal feeding is only based on organic vegetable products,

coming from the same firm or from firms located in a nearby area, preferably. The natural growth rates of the animal must be respected, without trying to quicken them through hormones or growth stimulators.

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Breeds have to come from the local area,

because they better adapt to the environmental features. Moreover, the selection of breeds and genetic manipulation are not allowed.


Treatment of animals during the butchery should limit the stress.

It also has to offer a guarantee of the separation and identification between the organic animals and the “normal” ones.

Example: Project of an organic livestock farming
Example: Project of an organic livestock farming
Download the Ministerial Decree

Organic livestock farming follows the regulatory criteria defined by the European Union in EC Regulation 1804/99 and at national level the provisions of Ministerial Decree 91436 of 4 August 2000.

Animal Welfare breeding follows regulatory criteria defined by the European Union contained in Directive 98/58/EC of the Council of the European Union.

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