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Environmental Livestock Students Trained to Produce Plant Based Veterinary Products
- Now they have new treatment strategies for animals, so they do not depend on chemical inputs and will decrease their use, reducing the residual effect of these in the soil fauna.
November 26, 2019. On November 14, students of the Agronomy Engineering degree in Environmental Livestock from the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences (FCA) of the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH), in Mexico, received a training in which they learned to elaborate natural veterinary products for bovine animals.
The workshop was given as part of the capacity-building process for different audiences carried out by the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, in Chiapas, and was coordinated by the Academic Body of Livestock Agro-forestry of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of UNACH (CAAP-FAC).
"Our objective was to promote and use medicinal plants and local resources provided by the rural sector that can be used for the prevention, control and treatment of diseases in domestic animals in a sustainable manner," explained José Antonio Jiménez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Chiapas.
In this sense, the participating students learned new and different ways to deworm, control ticks, expel placental retentions, and produce expectorant syrups for animals without using many chemicals.
Guadalupe Tagua, who participated as part of the BioPaSOS technical team in Chiapas through the Youth Building the Future Program, facilitated the workshop.
Andrés Camacho, a student who participated in the workshop, commented that these ethno-veterinary products are strategies that they will be able to use in their cows when milking and they will not have to remove the milk because of the antibiotic residue, allowing the milk to be used for human consumption, or to make cheese or other products.
Similarly, Daniel Monzón, another student participant, said that natural tick killer will help them reduce costs because they will no longer have to buy chemicals and ticks will not become resistant to them. Similarly, Monzon said that also with the use of all these ethno-veterinary products can improve the quality of products derived from animals.
The students thanked the BioPaSOS project for the support and advice it has given them to improve their production systems. In addition, they requested that this accompaniment continue, so that they can develop a sustainable livestock in their ranches.
BioPaSOS is implemented by CATIE, with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and with multiple local partners in their territories of intervention.
Students during the workshop preparing herbal veterinary products
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José Antonio Jiménez
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Landscapes (BioPaSOS)