The National Organic Program announced a final rule providing new options for organic livestock producers to restore animal health in emergency medical situations.
The rule allows the use of two parasiticides—fenbendazole and moxidectin—in organic livestock production as emergency treatment for dairy and breeder stock when approved preventive management fails to prevent parasite infestation. The synthetic substances will not be allowed for organic slaughter stock. Milk and milk products from a treated organic animal may not be labeled as organic for 90 days following treatment.
The USDA organic regulations prohibit the routine use of synthetic parasiticides. Organic livestock producers are first and foremost responsible for managing parasites through practices specified in their organic system plans, including selection of disease resistant breeds, rotational grazing and culling of susceptible animals.
Friday May 11, 2012/ USDA/ United States.