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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Reducing antibiotic use in dairy farming

26 March 2015. Addis Abeba. E-Motive exchange India/Ethiopia/Uganda -NL on reducing antibiotic use in dairy farming.

As part of the E-Motive Exchange visit (Exchange project between Netherlands and Ethiopia/Uganda on cattle breeding for resilient dairy farming and improved milk quality) a Dutch delegation of dairy experts visited the State Minister of Livestock Development in Ethiopia. The State Minister proudly presented the Ethiopian Livestock Master Plan for the next 15 years. This plan aims is to stimulate the commercial dairy sector in 3 major areas: crossbreeding, improved animal health and feeding.

The aim is to have 5 million crossbreds milk cows for the milk supply of the cities. The government has decided that only Holstein Friesian (HF) or Jersey breed (sperm or cows) may be imported. The State Minister:
“A lot of milk has to be produced because the need for dairy is large and everything is imported now. People need money and food to survive. Milk products can bring in that money. And we cannot do without antibiotics. We are aware of the risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but first we go for quantity and later for more quality”.
Related PAEPARD blogpost:
April 2014. Indian-Dutch exploration on ways to reduce antibiotics in dairy farming

21 October - 1st of November 2014. Indian experts on medicinal plants visiting the Netherlands.  A group of Indian experts on the use reduction of antibiotic use in dairy farming will be visiting the Netherlands. This includes veterinarians, herbal plant experts, the president of the Kerala Vetyerinary Association, as well as the director Animal Health of the Karnataka Milk Federation in Bangalore – India’s second largest dairy cooperative with 2.5 million members.

This film presents the exchange project between Dutch and Indian experts in dairy farming on ways to reduce antibiotic use. In innovative ways the expertise from India on medicinal plants is combined with expertise from the Netherlands on farm management and milk quality control.

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