Arrows

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

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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.

Soil fungi connections

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Soil fungi increase security, awareness, and knowledge for those connected to them. Any soil management action that results in the breakage of these connections, such as tillage and fungicides, destroys the entire nerve system of the soil thus isolating plants and soil organisms from each other.

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.

Nedbank Webinar

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.

Old farming methods

What is it worth not to change?

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Can we afford not to change when we look beyond the individual farm and look at the entire agricultural industry and the way food is produced? What will it cost environmentally, and long-term economically, if we do not change?

Cows in field

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

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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?

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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.