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Approaches in Poultry, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences

Natural Livestock Farming: Piloting a Strategy to Improve Milk Quality and Reduce Anti-Microbial Resistance

  • Open or Close Katrien van’t Hooft1*, Maria Groot2 and Getachew Gebru3

    1Dutch Farm Experience, and coordinator of Natural Livestock Farming network, Netherlands

    2Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

    3Ethiopian Society of Animal production (ESAP), Ethiopia

    *Corresponding author: Katrien van ’t Hooft, Foundation for Natural Livestock Farming, Maarsbergen, The Netherlands,Tel: +31-(0)343-411043/ (0)6-16641874; E-mail: Katrien@dutchfarmexperience.com

Submission: September 10, 2017; Published: November 06, 2017

Volume1 Issue3
November 2017

Abstract

Due to the current and expected growth of the world’s population there is an increased need for high-quality animal protein. Dairy farming is regarded as one of the important ways of satisfying this need to meet the growing demand for milk, especially in developing countries. The focus on crossbreeding and increasing the productivity of dairy cattle has, besides enhanced milk production, also resulted in an increased use of agro-chemicals, mainly antibiotics and anti-parasitic drugs to keep these animals healthy. The residues of these agro-chemicals may leak into the environment, affecting natural processes, biodiversity, and soil life. Public health can also be affected due to residues in milk and meat, especially in countries with insufficient food quality controls. These processes contribute to the growing global threat of multi-resistant microbes to human and animal health [1].

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