Main research question
At the request of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, ILVO and Ugent will develop a practical booklet that will serve as a manual for organic beef cattle farmers (or farmers in conversion). The booklet will answer practical questions about legislation on organic farming, cattle breeds and their needs, organic cultivation and feed, carcass and meat quality, sales market and profitability. The booklet will be a practical synthesis for organic cattle farmers and will also ease the transition of potential converters to organic cattle farming.
ILVO will put together a steering committee consisting of organic beef cattle farmers and organisations that work for the organic sector. This steering committee will indicate to which questions and problems this booklet must address. ILVO and Ugent will base the booklet's content on local information, information from abroad, and practical experiences of livestock farmers.
The steering committee can give feedback on the booklet before it is delivered to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The booklet will be unveiled during an interactive event.