Sustainability


I don’t know many livestock farmers who wouldn’t want to increase the amount of grass they can grow and reduce their input costs. But so often the recommended mainstream methods of increasing pasture productivity are leading us down a money dwindling one-way street. I was recently reading about some research conducted by Simon Fraser University in Brittish Columbia of farms in Alberta growing oilseed rape. They compared...

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It seems like every time it rains for more than a few hours in the Lake District we are seeing roads flooded and standing water in pastures and meadows. So what’s the real cause of flooding? We’ve always had floods but never have we seen such disruption from relatively ‘normal’ amounts of heavy rain. For a landscape to be flood and drought resistant, rain must be absorbed slowly into the various layers of the...

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Are your pastures increasing in moss and rush? As I have been walking around the pastures and meadows in the Lake District where I live, I’ve been astonished by how prevalent moss and rush is becoming in fields that were once dominated by grasses. I’d like to throw around a few ideas about why this is happening. First, you must understand what a grass plant needs to be healthy and thrive. For a species or several species...

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What is Holistic Planned Grazing? Holistic Planned Grazing is a planning process for dealing simply with the great complexity livestock managers face daily in integrating livestock production with crop, wildlife and forest production while working to ensure continued land regeneration, animal health and welfare, and profitability. Savory Global Of all the Holistic management tools the three actions of living organisms; grazing, animal...

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How much grain does it take to produce a KG of Meat? So you are ready to tuck into your utterly delicious looking bacon and eggs and your friend – possibly feeling resentful about the lack of mouth-watering aroma wafting from their cold crisp salad – drops this comment into the conversation: ‘Did you know that agriculture is responsible for 51% greenhouse gas emissions’ and ‘it takes 1 billion litres of water to produce a KG of beef?’...

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Did you know In 2007 almost 1.4 billion hectares of land were used to produce food not consumed? This represents a surface larger than Canada and India together. One-third of all the food we produce globally goes to waste when 870 million people go hungry every day. 28% percent of the world’s agricultural area – is used annually to produce food that is lost or wasted.1 Running an ethical meat business is REALLY hard and is why many...

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