Knowledge and practices

Antibiotics are used on a daily basis in animal farms all over the world, for different reasons and in a very wide variety of situations: to treat sick animals, to prevent diseases or simply to increase productivity through their effects on animal growth...  It is therefore important to have a far clearer understanding of how the men and women who work with livestock use (or not) antibiotics and how their working conditions determine the way they manage animal health. Farmers, veterinarians, technical advisers, scientists, sales representatives from various industries or agricultural cooperatives… all of these people set foot at varying frequencies in livestock farms to provide the knowledge, practices and techniques that shape the way antimicrobials are used, prescribed and circulate. Our projects seek to analyse how these actors work and interact on a daily basis.

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Reducing antibiotic use in livestock farms: might women drive this change?

Published on 07/04/2020

To reduce antimicrobials in livestock, alternatives approaches are nowadays developing, in particular those based on the use of medicinal plants. Very often, those changes are initiated by women.

Investigating veterinary homeopathy (1). A gradual initiation into the homeopathic approach.

Published on 01/12/2020

This is the first article of a series dedicated to the use of homeopathy by dairy farmers. The origin of this research comes from a field survey on organic farming,...

Investigating homeopathy (2). Healing stories

Published on 02/03/2021

In a previous blogpost I talked about what led me to become interested in veterinary homeopathy, and how little by little I came to understand the complexity of using this...

Investigating veterinary homeopathy (3). To believe or not to believe?

Published on 30/04/2021

This third post about investigating the uses of homeopathy on the farm addresses my own relationship to the field. Is neutrality stance possible when dealing with an alternative medicine that...