How Industrial Farmers can Transition to Regenerative Livestock Farming

Posted by on Jun 29, 2020 in Blog, sustainable environment | 0 comments

How Industrial Farmers can Transition to Regenerative Livestock Farming

Industrial farmers continue to experience a myriad of challenges that range from the high cost of farm inputs, technical challenges that threaten their production to weeds, and conditions that are resistant to the available herbicides and pesticides. Severe soil compaction is another key challenge that farmers continue to contend with resulting in increased use of chemicals that are harmful to the soil and organisms that live therein.

As a way of improving soil health and profitability, farmers should consider transitioning to regenerative farming. Regenerative farming helps with restoring the natural land fertility as it becomes possible for the land to capture more carbon than what gets emitted which in turn improves the surrounding environment.  Here are some of the strategies that farmers can consider adopting as they transition to regenerative farming;

Embrace Holistic Transition that Considers Diversity 

Intensive mono-cropping has to a great extent contributed to soil degradation and erosion. By transitioning to holistic farming that takes into consideration the diversity of cropping plans, it becomes possible to improve soil health and fertility. Farmers while transitioning should consider switching from the use of synthetic chemicals to organic inputs for enhanced soil health. The integration of crop farming with livestock farming helps with improving environmental sustainability.

The transition can begin by first getting the ruminants off-grain into pasture land as the farmer works toward becoming savvy with soil management and grazing. The focus should also be given to water infrastructure to ensure sustainability.

Rethink Ecosystem

Transitioning to regenerative livestock farming requires that the farmer gets to rethink the role they should play in the ecosystem. The farm together with the surrounding environment should be viewed holistically and in a way that encourages biodiversity. Dairy farming practices should also be taken into consideration. Instead of just focusing on inputs and how to extract profitable outputs, farmers should focus more on fostering complexity into their environment so ecosystem management should be prioritized as well.

Factors such as environmental landscape, energy flow, and community dynamics should be evaluated. Farmers should consider introducing functional species that can help with counteracting various issues that emerge within the farm. This could include the introduction of pest-eating insects to help with reducing the reliance on the use of pesticides as that also helps with ensuring that wastes are broken much faster. 

Innovative Strategies

Apart from focusing solely on pasture raising approach for the livestock. Farmers should also consider embracing other innovative strategies such as forest raising where the forested ground can be used for raising animals such as pigs. Pigs prefer being under shadows and utilizing a forest raising approach can be of great benefit. Pigs can in the process help with the tilling process that in turn enhances the growth of pasture that cattle can feed on. The majority of the farmers that have embraced regenerative livestock farming and have also incorporated innovative strategies do attest to the fact that they are spending less on farm inputs and that has also led to increased profitability.

When fewer chemicals are released into the ecosystem, the end result is reduced costs of treatment of animals and improved production. Are you considering transitioning to regenerative livestock farming? Join Ecolonomic Action and get more insight on how you can get started. You will get access to valuable information and advice from farmers that are already experiencing success with the process.

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