Cows do not know they are being organically managed and, contrary to many new organic farmers' expectations, the same diseases and problems that occur on conventional farms will also exist on organic ones. However, there are differences between the two systems in the prevalence of these diseases and the measures used to control them. This article reviews these differences in respect of the major disease areas. An article in the July/August issue (In Practice, volume 34, pp 412 – 416) reviewed the structure and overall veterinary approach to the organic dairy sector.
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