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Vets and organic farming
  1. Peter Plate
  1. Royal Veterinary College, Regional Veterinary Centre – South of England, Stinsford Business Centre, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester DT2 8PY
  1. email: pplate{at}

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I welcome the discussion on the relationship between vets and organic farming, but would like to comment on some remarks in Josh Loeb’s editorial (VR, 23 March 2019, vol 184, p 361).

He states that ‘organic farming can impinge on veterinary decision making’. The Soil Association vaccine standards are used as an example, apparently restricting the use of clostridial vaccines in sheep. The current standards are as follows:1


You may only use vaccines:

• in consultation with your vet, and

• when there is a known disease risk which you cannot control …

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