Organic Livestock Production- A Bibliometric Review

Carmen L Manuelian, Mauro Penasa, Luciana da Costa, Sara Burbi, Federico Righi, Massimo De Marchi

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    Due to the increasing interest in organic farming, an overview of this research area is provided through a bibliometric analysis conducted between April and May 2019. A total of 320 documents were published up until 2018 on organic livestock farming, with an annual growth rate of 9.33% and a clear increase since 2005; 268 documents have been published in 111 journals. Germany is the country with the largest number of published papers (56 documents). Authors' top keywords (excluding keywords used for running the search) included: animal welfare (29 times), animal health (22 times), cattle (15 times), grazing (10 times), and sheep (10 times). This could indicate that more research has been done on cattle because of the importance of this species in Germany. Moreover, the prevalence of the terms 'animal welfare' and 'animal health' may indicate that the research on organic livestock production has been focused on these two areas. The bibliometric analysis indicates that: i) countries focused the organic livestock production research on their main production, and ii) more research in species other than cattle and sheep is needed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number618
    Number of pages16
    JournalAnimals : an open access journal from MDPI
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2020

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    European Union?s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 774340 for the Organic-PLUS project.


    • Bibliometrix R
    • Cattle
    • Organic
    • Poultry
    • Sheep

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • veterinary(all)


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