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Chief Minister Pawan Chamling

2017.11.15 | Agriculture and food

Organic World Congress - Hope for the future: Conversion of a state happened in practice!

The Indian state Sikkim in the Himalayas have worked to carry through its organic vision since 2003. Sikkim has converted to organic production! It requires a broad range of target directed actions and plans.

Mette Vaarst, Merete Studnitz and Ilse A. Rasmussen (from ICROFS) at OWC

2017.11.15 | Agriculture and food

Organic World Congress: The role of animals, seeds and new organic food systems

Different challenges with – among others – animals and seed were some of the issues discussed at the OWC 2017. Also, during the pre-conference ‘Organic Food Systems 3.0’ new and innovative ideas about food systems were discussed.

2017.11.15 | Agriculture and food

Early colostrum is no guarantee for good immunisation of calves

The level of IgG in the blood of new-born calves varies, both between calves that have received colostrum manually from heated, pre-frozen colostrum and between calves that have received their first colostrum from the dam.

2017.11.13 | Agriculture and food

Antimicrobial-free organic production seems within reach

Production without the use of antimicrobials can be within reach for many organic farms with a targeted health-promoting effort. A recent report from Aarhus University examines the possibilities of establishing organic production concepts for dairy and pig farming without using antimicrobials. The report also mentions the importance of rethinking…

Red currant – contain organic acids to lower pH.

2017.11.02 | Agriculture and food

Cocktails of ramsons and acidic berries kill E. coli in a piglet gastrointestinal model: an alternative to antibiotics?

Mixing ramsons and acidic berries enhances, in a synergistic manner, the antimicrobial activity observed for the plants separately, and make the plant cocktails of interest as a feed additives as an alternative to antibiotics in both organic and conventional pig production.

A sow and her piglets lying in the shade of poplar trees

2017.10.12 | Agriculture and food

Shade for outdoor pigs is important

Sows in a pasture-based system are facing animal welfare challenges, as the only possibility to seek protection from the sun is the farrowing hut. Inclusion of trees in these systems reduces the heat load of the sows during hot periods.