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Organic cattle herds larger than conventional

Published: 29 August 2012

In June 2011 Swedish organic meat producers had on average 71 head of cattle, while conventional meat producers had 46. Organic dairy farmers had 167 cows while conventional had 147.

Farms with organic production thus have significantly larger herds than average. The Swedish Board of Agriculture has made ​​an analysis of structure and slaughter in the cattle sector. In June 2011, there were 32 percent of cattle for meat production and 14 percent of the dairy cows at companies with organic production. Organic production is thus more common among meat producing farms than among dairy farms.