Ecological livestock

Ecological livestock

Vol.19-3, September 2017

Livestock is the most critical and underestimated component of sustainable rural livelihoods. It provides multiple benefits. It enhances the household nutritional access – in the form of milk, meat, eggs etc. It provides resilience by serving as ready ’ATM’s in critical times. Livestock provides the critical link in eco friendly farming systems – in manure production, in crop protection. eg. use of cow dung for manurial purposes and urine for preparation of biologicals. The value of local breeds, in terms of their resilience, low cost of maintenance, is simply ignored. Also, the industrial mode of livestock management with high volumes and hidden subsidies, the large scale ecological damage they cause, is not discussed enough.