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The MOFGA Certification Services Practice Manual says the following regarding animal-related record keeping: Individual animals, and in the case of poultry, individual flocks, must be identifiable to the farmer and to the inspector. We must be able to verify the source of breeder stock or replacement animals. Records (purchase, sale, medical, etc.) must be maintained for each animal and available to the inspector.

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As inspectors walk the fields of each of Maine’s 278 organic farms, they raise the same perennial questions: “Where are the records backing up these acres? Where are the sales receipts, the seed source documentation and the farm maps? Were alliums in this field last year? Was that compost turned one time, or five times?”

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