If you buy or receive live ruminant animals, request that your supplier complete this attestation or provide similar documentation to confirm which animals are eligible for slaughter as organic.
If you buy or receive live ruminant animals, use this receiving checklist to verify that they are eligible for slaughter as organic.
The program requires participation in an approved animal welfare program.
Like organic certification, OPT Grass-Fed requires ruminants to graze throughout the grazing season. However, the minimum length of the grazing season is increased to 150 days and the required dry matter intake from pasture is increased to 60% in the grass-fed program.
In addition to pasture and harvested forage, restricted amounts of organic grain-free feedstuffs such as beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, molasses, etc. can be used to balance rations. Supplemental vitamins and minerals are also allowed. Refer to the program standards for details. Note that even if a feedstuff is approved for organic production, it may not be allowed for the grass-fed program or only allowed in limited quantities.
Upon completion of the application process and approval from both CCOF and OPT, you can use the grass-fed logo on your product.
The program is only for ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats).
Yes, non-organic animals can graze on certified organic land without affecting the land’s certification. If organic and non-organic animals are pastured in the same field, they must be clearly identified in a manner that will prevent commingling of the final organic product (meat, milk, etc.).
Complete this OSP Addendum as part of your application for CCOF's Grass-Fed Organic Livestock Certification Program.
Complete this contract to apply for CCOF's Certified Grass-Fed Organic Livestock program. Our program is open to any NOP certified organic livestock production operation, or any operation that is eligible to concurrently be certified under the NOP and the OPT program as a new application.