We are undertaking a number of programmes with farmers to investigate and document important insights into Whole Health approaches to livestock and crop health. The aim is to establish a body of work to facilitate knowledge exchange among farmers and growers, and also to identify methods and practices that warrant further investigation.
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Non-conventional farming approaches to livestock health are mostly ignored or dismissed by researchers and by many organisations and institutions which purport to be impartial and independent. It often appears that there is a prejudicial culture of denial which holds that natural, complementary or alternative methods have no merit and therefore cannot work.
The outcome is that, for too long, the true picture of farm animal health has been obscured; farmers’ voices are not heard and their knowledge and expertise is not documented. It also means that the potential for natural and alternative methods to clean up the food chain and the land remains un-evaluated.
Our priority, therefore, is to redress the balance and tell the whole story. The first step was to gather up-to-date information from livestock farmers about any non-conventional methods, products and approaches they may use. Their shared experiences are invaluable to us.
Our survey is now closed and the report will be released soon.
In March 2019, Whole Health Agriculture (WHAg) and Homeopathy at Wellie Level (HAWL) convened a discussion day with livestock farmers to explore the question ‘What is a healthy farm’?
Forty farmers participated, most of them running or working on commercial farms with livestock, from both organic and conventional enterprises, including users and non-users of homeopathy.
Our common ground was an interest in how to identify, implement and develop the processes of health and well-being as a practical, farm management strategy, ie how to farm for health.
Various exercises and concepts were explored as a whole group and in breakout groups to reach consensus by the end of the day.
Read our report: What is health? Farmer discussion day