Usda Announces Final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule 

AMS is pleased to announce the posting of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule. 

Developed in close consultation with other Federal agencies, this final rule sets clear standards for organic animals by adding specificity to the production and handling aspects of organic production, ensuring consistency and consumer transparency. 

Based on recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board, the final rule:

  • Establishes minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements for poultry;
  • ​Clarifies how producers and handlers must treat livestock and chickens to ensure their health and well-being throughout life, including transport and slaughter; and
  • Specifies which physical alterations are allowed and prohibited in organic livestock and poultry production.

The final rule will create economic benefits for organic producers, ensure fairness across organic operations, and ensure that all organic animals live in pasture-based systems that support their well-being and natural behavior.  

Access the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule