How to reduce antibiotics in livestock

For E. Coigny, livestock
farming’s a family business. Meaning it’s not
easy to change traditions, but he’s innovative in animal care. Like this morning,
when he sees a cow limping. I used homeopathy and let’s see what happens. Here,
it’s an intern studying agronomics who introduced homeopathy, a method
based on observation. You have to look at the animal’s
nature: if it’s sweet-natured, fearful, bad-tempered, and you
have to find the right medicine. 30 kilometres away, A. Hentsch
is sorting out the farm he took over. An agronomic engineer, he’s teaching
himself about alternative methods, and notably homeopathy. It’s really possible to learn more and get results with these techniques. In one year, none
of his livestock has been sick. We’ve also got this, extract of
grapeseed and grapefruit for infections;
it’s an antiseptic. As well as products, the animals’
living conditions play a key role. For him, the key is to have small
structures, robust breeds and limited production. Pushing the livestock too far in terms of their feed, how they’re kept, or genetic aspects is detrimental
somewhere along the line. Hard to imagine
leveraging this model on an industrial scale, even if methods are improving
all the time.

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