In a time in which cattle are primarily seen as production assets, it is quite a relief that more and more farmers offer their live stock a worthy way of living. This is a.o. expressed in the following ways:
Organic cows have more space
Outside: There is a maximum of having only one cow per half a hectare.
In the stables: Minimum 6 m2 space capacity per cow, with a soft and dry resting place. Furthermore there should be enough daylight and fresh air available.
A grazing season is compulsory
Minimum 120 days per year, at least 6 hours per day, from springtime till autumn.
100% organic and GMO free
60% of the feed must be ready for rumination, like grass and hay. The rest consists of concentrate feed like maize and lucerne.
This leads to a decreasing number of foot and leg problems and it has a better effect on the cow's behaviour (more space leads to less problems in ranking). As long as there is shelter and the temperatures are not too high, the cow can release its excess of heat.
In the wintertime goats, sheep and cows stay in warm and comfortable stables and have sufficient space to move around. The animals are fed with hay and other natural feedstuffs, without chemical additives or products made from animal origin.