Sustainable livestock production

The government is taking steps to make livestock farming more animal-friendly and more sustainable. Farmers must work in a way that respects the animals, the environment and people.

Livestock production more sustainable

The livestock sector is made up of farmers, the processing industry and buyers. They must themselves find ways to make livestock production more sustainable. Supermarkets and other retailers have a decisive role to play. Demand from shops for sustainable products is rising, and this is leading more farmers to produce sustainably.

Government supports this approach with:

Sustainable Livestock Production Agenda

The Government works with companies, civil society organisations and provincial authorities on the 6 main features of sustainable livestock production:

  • sustainable animal housing and husbandry systems;
  • animal health and welfare;
  • integration of livestock farming into the landscape and the community;
  • contributions in the areas of energy, climate and the environment;
  • business opportunities and a viable market;

  • responsible consumption.

Sustainable livestock production and animal welfare

Animal welfare is also important in sustainable livestock production. In recent years central government has taken steps to further enhance animal welfare. For example, there is now a list of mammals that may be kept as pets.

Reducing antibiotic use in livestock production

Animals in sustainable livestock production are given fewer antibiotics. Excessive antibiotic use can make bacteria resistant, which is dangerous for both humans and animals. That's why the government is working to reduce antibiotic use in livestock farming.