The Foundation for Natural Livestock Farming (NLF) aims to promote food security, food quality and sustainable agriculture by reducing the use of antibiotics and other chemicals in livestock farming.
The common goal is to promote practical experiences on natural livestock farming in India, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Netherlands and elsewhere by organizing exchange programs, training and the promotion of natural livestock practices based on the NLF-5-layered approach.
The final goal of the Foundation is a better world in which milk and other livestock products are produced in a sustainable way: a way in which soil is enriched, animals live well, farmers get a decent income and milk is healthy and without chemicals.
Natural Livestock Farming is based on farmers’ experiences, natural cycles and local markets – as well as the use of local livestock breeds, medicinal plants and other natural resources. Activities include:
- Pilots with the Natural Livestock Farming approach for reduction of antibiotics (India, Ethiopia, Netherlands)
- Pilot for the reduction of insecticides against ticks with herbs (Uganda).
- Exchange visits are an important part of the activities
- Develop training programs for farmers and veterinarians
Activities to achieve those goals include organizing exchange programs, training activities and promotion of natural livestock farming – based on the following concepts:
- Strive for a healthy balance between humans, animals and environment
- Dynamic linkages between ‘old’ practices and ‘new’ knowledge adapted to local circumstances
- Exchange of knowledge based on (farmers’) practices, and participatory methodologies of strengthening these
- Stimulate the so-called ‘cycle-approach’ in agriculture at the basis of healthy soils and good farmers’ income
- Reduce the use of/resistance against antibiotics and other agro-chemicals, such as anthelmintics and insecticides
- Strengthen the use of natural resources, such as medicinal plants and local livestock breeds
- Strengthen local innovations and entrepreneurship through local markets
- Take into account the 11 lessons learnt in Dutch (dairy) farming
The Foundation for Natural Livestock Farming (NLF) has grown out of long-standing international networks, such as the ethnoveterinary medicine and Endogenous Livestock Development (ELD) network.
When Dutch Farm Experience was founded in 2010, collaboration was established with other Dutch organizations working in this field, such as NVF, RIKILT, VKON and Louis Bolk Institute to form the Dutch Platform for Natural Livestock Farming
The Indian Platform for Natural Livestock Farming has been promoted by the Trans Disciplinary Institute (TDU) in Bangalore. In Ethiopia the initiative are spearheaded by the Ethiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP)