Certified Organic Livestock

Organic agriculture is a holistic production system designed to optimize productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the agro-ecosystem, including soil organisms, plants, livestock and people. The principle goal of organic production is to develop enterprises that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment. Organic livestock production does not allow the use of: materials and products produced from genetic engineering, synthetic growth regulators (hormones), synthetic veterinary drugs, including antibiotics and parasiticides.

The organic industry in the maritimes is slow to develop, however, there is growing interest on behalf of consumers and producers for organic products. There are currently 239 farms with organic production (36 of which are certified), 7 of which produce livestock (including beef, dairy goats, sheep, pigs, poultry, layers, and ducks) with a total of 4000 acres of certified land in production. In 2006 the Canadian Organic Regulation was published, providing a legislated minimum standard for organic certification in Canada. Organic livestock production is a growing part of the organic scene in New Brunswick, with studies being conducted on the market potential for producers throughout the Atlantic provinces.