When large numbers of people and animals live together, it poses possible health risks and raises research questions. The Netherlands is country with a high density in livestock farming. We have a lot of experience in this area and are eager to collaborate with you on One Health solutions for:
- Animal welfare and health
- Infectious diseases (zoonoses)
- Food safety
- Livestock farming and surrounding residents
- A sustainable, circular system
Our research provides practically applicable knowledge that helps livestock farmers improve the welfare and health of their cattle. Our focus lies on a sustainable and resilient cattle herd. How can we further reduce the use of antibiotics? And what effects do new barn systems have on the emission of ammonia, methane, nitrogen and particulates? Do these barn systems positively impact animal welfare and health? Furthermore, we focus on Smart & Healthy Farming, and research intestinal health, including microbiome. We are also available for your questions about circularity and the impact of using waste streams for animal feed.
New insights require innovation
Consumers make ever higher demands on the meat, dairy and eggs they buy. Besides, there is an increasing risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases. The solution lies in a healthy living environment for humans and animals. This requires a multidisciplinary approach. As a result of innovations within the livestock farming sector and these societal developments, the sector is experiencing significant changes. A transition towards a more sustainable and circular system is underway, in which human and animal health plays a crucial role.
Researchers at Wageningen Livestock Research strive to contribute to this effort, in collaboration with other knowledge institutes, the livestock farming industry and other businesses.