The impact of veterinary medicine and animal husbandry on the biophysical characteristics of soils in neotropical agroecosystems

Manuel Pulido, Luis Ramírez-Avilés, Francisco Javier Solorio Sánchez, Immo Fiebrig, Sara Burbi

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    The neotropical agroecosystems are important areas in the global scene in terms of livestock production. Therefore, a good conservation of their soils is crucial in order to both guarantee food safety and reduce the impact of land degradation processes. Conservation of neotropical soils used for farming activities could be obtained using veterinary medicine and adopting new grazing systems in the last decades. A wide bibliographical review was carried out which illustrates current issues in neotropical agroecosystems, the importance of their soil properties highlighting the role played by dung beetles within the edaphofauna, and the effects of the most common anti-parasitic practices as well as some natural alternatives. Finally, we present commonly adopted grazing systems and how they are affecting soil properties and animal welfare. The conversion of forest into agricultural and pasture land is altering the biochemical quality of soils. Furthermore, the use of ivermectin is dangerously reducing the total amount of dung beetles that are a key element in nutrient recycling processes. The implementation of new grazing systems (e.g. Voisin, Savory) is progressively fragmenting the habitat of many species. Nevertheless, there are also some benefits in this kind of practices and some natural alternatives to anthelmintics are being tested.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number24
    Pages (from-to)1-13
    Number of pages13
    JournalSoil Systems
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018

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    • Anti-parasitic
    • Edaphofauna
    • Soil properties

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Soil Science
    • Earth-Surface Processes


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