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Livestock production
Global food security

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THE recent editorial by Tom McNeilly, ‘Global food security via efficient livestock production: targeting poor animal husbandry’ (VR, March 18, 2017, vol 180, pp 276-277), highlights the major issues that need to be addressed to improve per capita animal productivity and health and reduce negative environmental consequences. However, the accompanying paper by Sargison and others (2017), based on monitoring the husbandry of one goat herd, was deficient in recognising indigenous knowledge and good animal husbandry practices already well established in this region, noted for its biodiversity and designated by UNESCO as the Nilgiris Global Biosphere Reserve.

One of us (MS), working as a veterinarian in private practice and doing animal welfare, environmental restoration and education work for an NGO …

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