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USDA publishes Origin of Livestock final rule for organic dairy

31 March 2022
USDA

Clear rules about livestock transition are now available

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the highly anticipated Origin of Livestock (OOL) final rule for organic dairy. This change to the USDA organic regulations will promote a fairer and more competitive market for all organic dairy producers, by making sure that certified USDA organic dairy products are produced to the same consistent standard.

“This action demonstrates the USDA’s strong commitment to America’s organic dairy farmers,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “The Origin of Livestock final rule provides clear and uniform standards about how and when livestock may be transitioned to organic dairy production, and how transitioned animals are managed within the organic dairy system. Now, all organic dairy livestock producers will have the confidence and certainty they are operating in a fair and competitive market.”

“Consumers of dairy that carry the USDA Certified Organic Seal can trust that those products meet their expectations for how organic dairy products are produced,” said Jenny Lester Moffitt, under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs. “At the same time, the rule announced today also ensures new organic producers have a fair way to enter the market.”

In general, the rule allows a dairy livestock operation to transition to organic, or starting a new organic farm, to transition non-organic animals one time. It also prohibits organic dairies from sourcing any transitioned animals. Once a dairy is certified organic, animals must be managed as organic from the last third of gestation. 

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) will oversee the new rule.

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