Organic Meat Goat Production
Roger Merkel - Langston University
After completion of this module of instruction the producer should be able to interpret the standards for a certified organic meat goat operation and to review different websites to gain production information and knowledge. The producer should be able to evaluate the feasibility and economics of his/her meat goat operation becoming organic certified. The producer should know the steps required to obtain organic certification. The producer should be able to complete all assignment sheets with 100% accuracy and score a minimum of 85% on the module test.
After completion of this instructional module the producer should be able to:
- Explain why consumers are requesting more organically produced goat meat.
- State the name of the act that Congress passed related to organic farming and the year the act was passed.
- State the name of the agency of the federal government that had responsibility for development of standards for organic production of food within the U. S.
- State where the National Organic Program (NOP) is housed within the federal government.
- Explain when states can impose stricter regulations than those provided by the federal government.
- Discuss exemptions and exclusions from certification.
- Explain the meaning of the term organic.
- Explain the standards a producer must follow related to record keeping for a certified operation.
- Describe the purpose of the organic production and handling systems plan including the components of the plan and the agency/organization that must approve the plan.
- Explain the standards for land and seeds and planting stock within an organic production system.
- Know the regulations on what is an “organic” goat.
- Explain what an organic goat producer can and cannot use in the way of animal treatment products.
- Describe the acceptable living conditions of goats within an organic production program.
- State some of the general requirements for certification.
- State how an organic meat goat producer becomes certified.
- Explain when and how often on-site inspections are performed for an organic meat goat production program.
- State the requirements for continuation of certification.
- State when synthetic substances can be used in an organic livestock operation.
- What has to be certified
- Exemptions and exclusions from certification
- Use of the term, “organic”
- Recordkeeping by certified operations
- Allowed and prohibited substances, methods, and ingredients in organic production and handling
- Organic production and handling system plan
- Land requirements
- Seeds and planting stock practice standard
- Origin of livestock
- Livestock feed
- Livestock health care practice standard
- Livestock living conditions
- General requirements for certification
- Application for certification
- On-site inspections
- Continuation of certification
- Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic livestock production
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