The Natural Livestock Farming (NLF) Foundation aims to reduce antibiotic use in dairy farming by embedding successfully tested natural solutions from farmers and researchers from Netherlands, India, Ethiopia and Uganda into policies and practices (see the NLF Solution Tree) Dutch Farm Experience is one of the co-founders and international coordinators of the international NLF network in India, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Netherlands.
Microbes resistant to antibiotics are a global challenge – and dairy modernization programs tend to worsen this problem. See the NLF Problem Tree. As NLF network we provide support to international dairy development programs including training on herbal medicine, exchange of best practices, pilots, awareness campaigns, and action research. See also NLF goals and activities 4 countries.
All activities are based on the NLF 5-layered strategy for reduced antibiotic use. This includes programs on medicinal plants with Indian partner organization Centre for Ethno Veterinary Sciences and Practice.
Important publications on Natural Livestock Farming:
- Article: the Hidden Effects of Dairy Farming on Public and Environmental Health (Frontiers in Public Health, 2016)
- Enhancing Safety and Quality of Milk project in Ethiopia – a pilot with NLF strategy, funded by Applied Research Fund of Food & Knowledge Business Platform (2017 to 2020)
- E-Motive Exchange program of Oxfam Novib: develop and guide exchange program between Netherlands and India on reduction of antibiotic use in dairy farming (2014-2016)
- Three films:
ETHNOVETERINARY MEDICINE IN DAIRY FARMING – as promoted by TDU and TANUVAS in India (2016). Short film (10 minutes) on the methodologies and practices to strengthen use of medicinal pants in dairy farming
MILK DILEMMA IN UGANDA – Film (52 minutes) about the international NLF cooperation to address the challenge of resistant ticks against insecticides in Ugandan dairy farming