Research on the sheep breeding in organic farming system in Romania

Published in Scientific Papers. Series D. Animal Science, Vol. LV
Written by Ion RĂDUCUȚĂ

Organic livestock has grown in Romania in recent years, especially after 2000, because animal breeding in organic farming system represent a niche activity for farmers. The purpose of this paper was to make a radiograph at national level as regards the sheep breeding in organic farming system. The share of organic production within total production varies according to the different animal sectors. The statistic data showed that cattle and sheep are the most popular species reared using organic production methods. The highest share is found in the sheep sector due to lower difficulties to convert to organic production. Indeed the productive system of sheep farming in the hill and mountainous areas of Romania is considered to be very close to that of organic sheep farming and this fact, gives a competitive advantage to the Romanian sheep farmers. Organic sheep breeding in Romania is based on native breeds, which are well adapted to their life environment. Most of these organic sheep farms are situated in the hill and mountains areas, places where the prevalent breed is Tsurcana. The sheep livestock farmed organically in 2010 was 58,372 heads and in present 0.70% from the sheep livestock are reared organically. Sheep breeding into organic farming system has a strong growing tendency in our country in the future and this is confirmed by the fact that in 2011 the number of sheep and goats farmed organically reached to 168,593 heads.

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Răducuță I., 2012, Research on the sheep breeding in organic farming system in Romania. Scientific Papers. Series D. Animal Science, Vol. LV, ISSN-L 2285-5750, 219-222.

 


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