Agricultural Marketing Service April 28, 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Organic Program; Origin of Livestock
Document Number: 2015-09851
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-04-28
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS) proposes to amend the origin of livestock requirements for dairy animals under the USDA organic regulations. This proposed action would specify that a producer can transition dairy animals into organic production once. This proposed action would clarify that, after completion of this one-time transition, any new dairy animals that a producer adds to a dairy farm would need to be managed organically from the last third of gestation or sourced from dairy animals that already completed their transition into organic production. This proposed action would also clarify how breeder stock should be managed on organic livestock farms.