Silvopasture

Sustainable Cattle Grazing – creating sustainable pastures, reducing methane.

Courtesy - FAO.org

What?

Cattle are traditionally raised in large paddocks of grass – the cows roam around the paddock eating the grass until there’s none left and they’re moved onto the next paddock.

In this method, cattle don’t just eat grass, paddocks are filled with bushes, trees, all sorts of plants that cows can eat, meaning the paddocks don’t have to be as large.

This reduces the damage to the earth from cows constantly moving around and eating everything, and also reduces methane emission if the cows eat things they can digest well.

How?

Trees and plant species are planted in a greater density, meaning the cows do not have to travel far to find food (reducing environmental footprint from livestock)

The plants used are ones that the cows can digest better which means the livestock produces less methane

Water can also be more easily managed, which means farm will use less water

 

Also possible to feed cows with seaweed to reduce methane

 

Further Reading

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