NLF project in Ethiopia 2027-2020: Enhancing Quality and Safety of Milk

This project aims to introduce the Natural Livestock Farming (NLF) 5-layered strategy for improved cattle health in Ethiopia through a pilot study which combines activities at field- and laboratory level.

The main objective of this project is to improve milk quantity and quality produced by smallholders in a sustainable manner through the Natural Livestock Farming Five (NLF) layer strategy. Moreover, herbal gardens will be developed to enable women to grow medicinal plants that can strengthen cattle health. This will result in:

  • Empowering women by providing additional income from dairy
  • Improving Ethiopian milk testing laboratory capacity
  • Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia
  • Increasing awareness on milk quality, including antimicrobial resistance and prudent antibiotic use.

Experimental design:

  • Two pilot communities, encompassing 30 households each
  • Establishing baseline animal health status & milk quality parameters
  • Interventions will be defined by participatory workshops preceeding the farm level trials
  • Capacity building of laboratory skills for milk quality at government quality control laboratories
  • In depth analysis (base-line and end-line) of milk quality combined with animal health monitoring will reveal the effects of the interventions and their contribution to their improvement of animal health and smallholder livelihood

Ayurvedic herbs against diarrhoea in veal calves

The use of Ayurvedic herbs has been shown to be effective in both dairy cows and calves in India.If such herbs could also be effective to help prevent diarrhoea in calves in the Dutch circumstances (modern farming), it would both reduce the use of antibiotics and increase health and welfare of the calves.


Knowledge of Natural Dairy Farming

Together with the partners in India and the Netherlands – and in collaboration with Solidaridad – the Trust Dairy project is being developed to strengthen organic dairy farming with approximately 4 million smallholder farmers. Funding is being sought through the dairy coopertaives, Solidaridad and the Dutch government.


Developing a PG diploma course on use of medicinal plants

Tamil Nadu University Veterinary and Animal Sciences (TANUVAS) will combine forces with the Dutch Animals & Herbs (Dier & Kruid) working group of NVF, in developing a 1 year Post-Graduate course for Dutch veterinarians on the use of medicinal plants. The course combines direct teaching with on-line course work. Plans are to start the combined course in 2016.


Strengthening herbal product enterprise

Ethno-veterinary practices (EVP) include herbal medicine as well other locally adapted practices in animal health care. In India, TDU (Trans-Disciplinary University) together with TANUVAS (Tamil Nadu Veterinary Science University) have documented, assessed and promoted locally available herbal medicine on basis of Ayurvedic principles.