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Organic sheep and goat farming: opportunities and challenges

Code: 9781838796792
Georgios Arsenos, Angeliki Argyriadou, Sotiria Vouraki and Athanasios Gelasakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Chapter synopsis: Organic goat and sheep farming is a highly diverse type of production throughout Europe and other continents. Current practices are geared to achieve a number of objectives, including sustainability and high standards of animal welfare. This chapter aims to characterize organic goat and sheep farming and illustrate the diversity of systems, with a special focus on European countries. The chapter discusses a range of challenges faced by organic sheep and goat production together with some of the ways in which these challenges can be addressed. Challenges examined include nutrient deficiencies, parasitic diseases, udder diseases, lameness, claw and leg problems. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research trends in this area.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0028.17
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Sheep and goats as species 3 Organic sheep and goat farming in Europe 4 Key challenges in organic sheep and goat farming 5 Key challenges: nutrient deficiencies 6 Key challenges: parasitic diseases 7 Key challenges: udder diseases, lameness, claw and leg problems 8 Future trends and conclusion 9 References

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