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How healthy are South African pasture-based dairy soils?

Reading Time: 7 minutes

We have a huge database of soil results from many pasture-based dairy farms throughout the coastal region of South Africa. I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of the trends that can be seen from this database.

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How Trace & Save determines where a farm is on their sustainability journey

Reading Time: 4 minutes

We have recently implemented a new assessment which assigns each farm participating with Trace & Save a sustainability status. The purpose of this status is not necessary to categorise each farm and say whether they are good or not. It is rather to identify where the farm is on their sustainability journey.

Understanding evapotranspiration better

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Transpiration depends on evaporation, therefore factors affecting the rate of evaporation also affect the rate of transpiration.

Making a business case for sustainable dairy production

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The purpose of this business case is to investigate the association between the economic and environmental facets of sustainability related to milk production on dairy farms in South Africa.

Why does feed nutrition for dairy cows matter?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Quality milk production depends on the nutrition given to the cow and it’s overall health. Careful attention has to be provided for diet formulation and feeding patterns to make sure that all cows get what they need.

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Webinar – The financial benefit of a more sustainable approach to dairy production

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Join us for this exciting webinar on the 1st of September 2021.

Effective field management, herbicide usage and cover crops to suppress weeds.

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Weeds are a nuisance but through effective field management, herbicide usage, and cover crops they can be controlled.

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Green lacewings

Reading Time: 3 minutes

What on earth is a green lacewing? This question might have been on many of the Trace & Save farmers’ minds in 2020 with the new biodiversity survey we’ve implemented. This article will answer the questions: what is a green lacewing and why is it relevant to a pasture-based dairy farm? We want to highlight green lacewings for the biocontrol species that they are, and even more importantly what their presence on a farm indicates – a healthy agro-ecosystem.

Water movement in the soil: Important notes for irrigation management

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Irrigation should not be applied uniformly in fields because soil differs in structure and texture. Understanding water movement dynamics for individual fields are very important for irrigation scheduling.

Pasture-based dairy: what is possible?

Reading Time: 8 minutes

I am challenging farmers to think differently about how their farm systems are set up, especially in terms of their reliance on concentrates and fertiliser inputs. There is an alternative approach to the current convention.