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Cow in pasture

Biological N fixation and legumes

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Taking advantage, or greater advantage, of biological nitrogen fixation, seems like a logical option for a chemical nitrogen substitute. Adding legumes to your cropping system, and managing them well, has great potential to add significant amounts of nitrogen to your system, in a more sustainable way than chemical fertilisers.

Trying to understand the stocking rate dilemma

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Every farmer should assess their system and see where they still have opportunities to improve. This will probably show them whether their stocking rate is too low, too high, or just right. The data in this case study would suggest that very few farms are in the just right category.

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What is your perspective – technology or environment?

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The purpose of this article is purely to provoke thought. To ask you to consider where you fall in the spectrum of techonogist and environmentalist, and to think about how this perspective influences your view of the solutions that are presented to you every day.

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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.

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.

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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.

Effective field management, herbicide usage and cover crops to suppress weeds.

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Weeds are a nuisance but through effective field management, herbicide usage, and cover crops they can be controlled.

Data and technology

Has data and technology become a crutch?

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Healthy soils

Minimise soil disturbance and build soil health.

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Physical soil disturbances are a well-documented and well-understood concept; however, we underestimate the disturbances that result from chemical and biological processes.

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?