Converting livestock to organic

Can I convert my livestock to organic?

The USDA National Organic Program standards allow for a distinct herd of dairy animals — cattle, sheep, goats, etc. — to be converted to organic production over a one-year transitional period of organic management.

Once an animal is converted to organic, it may not be reinstated if its organic certification is forfeited (e.g., treated with antibiotics, fed non-organic feed, etc.).

How long does livestock conversion take?

The conversion to organic process takes one year.

Livestock must be managed and raised in accordance with organic management requirements for feed and feed supplements, medications, grazing, and living conditions for a full year (365 days) prior to being eligible for organic certification for dairy production. If your certifier finds noncompliance during the livestock conversion process, you will be required to restart the process.

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