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Soil is a living ecosystem that sustains life

Farmers have the potential to significantly increase the productivity of their farm, and decrease their environmental impact, by implementing practices which improve the health of their soil.

The silver bullet illusion

The unfortunate truth is that there are no silver bullets in farming. The agro-ecosystem is way too complex, with far too many interactions, to have a simple, single solution to challenges.

Sustainability: Preserving our natural resources

To ensure continued food production, we need to ensure natural resources are not depleted. This goal is achieved through sustainable farming practices.

Are you continuously improving your farming practices?

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?

It’s also about the process

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.

How do farmers benefit from our research?

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.

Watch the Biggs Family tell us why sustainability matters

“As farmers, we are stewards of the land. It is our responsibility to ensure that as caretakers we treat it with respect and leave it in a better condition for future generations” – Bonnen Biggs, Suiderland Farm

Why diversify your pastures?

Multi-species pastures have become a prominent topic over the last few years. Why does everyone make such a big deal about it?

Environmental stewardship is an important pillar of agricultural sustainability

One of the important take away points of the day was that this generation (producers, retailers, consumers) needs to understand and appreciate that they have in their hands the opportunity to ask questions, come up with solutions and create awareness across the world about why stewarding the environment is crucial.

Improving feed energy utlisation: Six years of data in the Tsitsikamma

Energy is imperative to growth and sustenance of all animals, and plays a major role in the production of milk by a dairy cow.