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
ISSN: 2576-9162Volume1 Issue3
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 .