Succesful farming

Farm for success today and the future

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Two of the prominent aspects of sustainability are long-term profitability and environmental protection. Limiting chemical nitrogen fertiliser use to only what is very necessary contributes to both of these aspects.

Why care about sustainable agriculture

Why care about sustainable agriculture?

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Every individual in society is reliant on agriculture for the food they eat. The choices that we, as consumers, make in what we buy, influences the demand which is created for certain products or brands.

Dairy cows

A cow’s rumen is a wonderful thing

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Grass is abundant in the world, and is able to be grown sustainably for milk production. Pasture-fed cows are very efficiently converting a potentially useless form of nutrients into valuable food for people.

Knowing doing gap - dairy farm

The knowing-doing gap in agriculture

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There is often a gap between what is known and what is practiced. It is called the knowing-doing gap and I think this gap is especially prevalent in agriculture.

People are important

People are important

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It is important that all employees on a farm are treated fairly and justly, and that their welfare and success are taken into account within their work environment. Farmers, and their well-being, are important. They are the people whose time, energy and effort results in food production for the rest of society.

Milk is a sustainable protein source

Milk, a sustainable protein source?

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There are many different food sources of protein. Of these, milk contains the highest quality of protein. It seems as though milk, and milk products, could offer a great solution to protein demand, especially with regards to quality, in the developing world.

Animal welfare

Animal welfare is important for sustainability

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Animal welfare is therefore linked to sustainability in that looking after your animals will ensure less need for external inputs.

The Woodlands Dairy sustainability soils lab

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The Woodlands Dairy soil lab analyses are used as soil sustainability indicators that form a part of the SWAN sustainable system.

Soil life is energy

Soil life is energy

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Life contains energy, and all life requires energy to function. Energy is found, and needed, in various forms. In soil, the greatest source of energy is in the form of organic matter and carbon therein.

Soil life herd

Providing for your soil life herd

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As a farmer, he said, he sees the soil life on his farm as another ‘herd’ which he has to provide for, especially with regards to food. If he looks after his soil life ‘herd’, then they will look after the soil and ensure that it is healthy.