Cows in field

A non-farmers guide to how livestock can help the environment

Reading Time: 4 minutes

I encourage you to think about farming from a restorative versus destructive, rather than a livestock versus plant-based perspective.

Did you eat today, then thank a farmer!

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South Africa has a population of around 59 million people. Of this population, there are only around 40 thousand commercial farmers. This means that each farming unit provides food for around 1475 people. Now that is a lot of mouths to feed!

Contrasting fields

The carbon balance on dairy farms

Reading Time: 5 minutes

There are seven farms which have negative net carbon emissions for the duration of this study. That is amazing! It completely changes the narrative of the negative impact of dairy farming.

Cattle grazing

The impact of livestock on biodiversity

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Livestock, farming, farmers, meat – they are all often just grouped into one category and linked to negative environmental impacts. This is very unfair.

Trace & Save goals

What do the Trace & Save sustainability scores tell us?

Reading Time: 7 minutes

We have been very encouraged to see improvements. Most farmers working with us have really shown a strong desire to improve the sustainability of their farms.

Dairy cows in field

Eight years of dairy farm carbon footprints

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Climate change is a huge challenge facing society, and dairy farms are often pointed at as having a large carbon footprint.

Paying back the carbon debt

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Rebecca Burgess, founder of the Fibershed project says that, “our soils have a carbon debt; the atmosphere is gushing with carbon. The carbon over our heads is literally in the wrong place” and this couldn’t be truer.

Change in direction

We need a major shift to regenerative farming

Reading Time: 5 minutes

True sustainable, regenerative agriculture will reverse the negative impact of conventional agriculture and result in sustainable food production.

Cow grazing

Are cows really that bad?

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Taking all this into account, methane is a huge problem. But is it? Recent research has challenged whether methane should be treated in the same manner as carbon dioxide when it comes to its impact on climate change.

Graham Shepherd: Managing nitrogen and carbon to maximise farm performance

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Graham’s keynote presentation, Managing N and C to maximise farm performance, truly resonated with the audience. Many of the farmers in attendance are already in transition towards sustainable farming while others are not quite there yet.