As consumers, we should support our local farmers by buying local produce, might I dare to say, even if it costs us more.
Nutrients are brought into the farm through the farm gate, and nutrients are removed through the farm gate. The question that needs to be asked is, are there more nutrients brought into, or removed from the farm system?
Progress, growth, improvement, development, these are all words that we positively associate with business. I think most people would agree that they want to improve, progress and grow. The big question is, are you actually improving? Are the practices you currently implement contributing to the continuous improvement of your farm?
There are numerous practices that farmers can implement which will contribute to biodiversity conservation.
Sustainability is more often about the process, than it is about achieving specific goals and then moving on to something different. There is always room for improvement, and opportunity to become more sustainable.
In order to get the desired amount and quality of milk, cows need healthy pastures to graze on.
Here is a short description of what we do to improve the benefit that farmers derive from our research. There is an example used of a course attended in order to broaden our knowledge.
As to whether effluent is a waste or a benefit, depends entirely on how you, the farmer, use it.
What the cow is fed has a great impact on the amount and quality of milk it produces. What does choosing milk produced from pasture-fed cows mean for you, the consumer, and for your health?