Animal Welfare

12 benefits of biodynamic farming

Celebrate with us the 100 years of biodynamic farming ! For this special anniversary, every month a specific contribution of biodynamic farming is highlighted showing how biodynamic farming is a solution to improve soil fertility, biodiversity, our environment and so much more. July is dedicated to ‘Animal Welfare‘, animals playing a central role in biodynamic farming.

Key role of animals for farming

Animals play a central role in biodynamic farming. More particularly cows have a central function as they provide manure which enhances soil fertility and supports biodiversity. This is why on Demeter farms it is mandatory to hold animals. If this is not possible, a cooperation with another farm must be established to ensure at least animal manure. This obligation comes with a great responsibility: the welfare of the animals.

Animal welfare as highest priority

Biodynamic farmers respect and look after their animals’ needs and wellbeing in every way. Animal welfare is very close to their heart. It starts with choosing the right breed, suited to the farm and the environment, feeding the appropriate fodder, and ensuring the animals have enough space to express their natural behaviour. But it goes beyond these fundamental principles: the Demeter standard doesn’t allow mutilations which is why all cows keep their horns.

Integrating domesticated and wild animals

Biodynamic farming also requires keeping a diversity of domesticated and wild animal species on the farm. While domestic animals, such as cattle, are key to ensure soil fertility through manure, wild animals are needed among others for pollination and natural pest control. Therefore, animal husbandry is about caring for all animals on the farm to ensure the farm’s health, self-sufficiency, and resilience.

Contact: Clara Behr, Head of Policy and Public Relations

Brussels, 01.07.2024

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