Is the answer to UK livestock sustainability

holwellcourtfarm

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Cattle and sheep raised on pasture that's unsuitable for sustainable cultivation are already sustainable, more so if their grazing management is fully adaptive.

They are increasingly likely to be thrown under the bus though to buy a short window of opportunity (about 10 years) to de-carbonise society which will almost certainly be wasted.

Their pasture will then be planted with trees which will take far too long to sequester enough carbon to recover even that which is released in the process of planting them, let alone make a difference to the atmospheric carbon excess from fossil fuel burning.

I hope I'm proved wrong..... 😞
 
Oats and beans and barley grow.

edit: Anyway, we don't feed soya, we feed soya meal. Nothing wrong our side of the farm gate. 'the answer to UK livestock sustainable' is relocalization in the food chain.
You're still buying a soya product. The grower and deforester both benefit from your purchase.

We should grow more peas and beans, use less carbon intensive n fert and export less feed barley.
 

holwellcourtfarm

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Brewers grains, Trafford Gold, citrus pulp, bread, potatoes, soya meal.
I though you were all in favour of a local food system???
This is another issue that the "get rid of all cattle and sheep" crowd conveniently overlook: all of those are byproducts of a human food (or drink) product which are given an economic value by feeding them to livestock. What would happen to them without livestock? AD? What would their value be then? What impact would that have on the human food product they are derived from?
 
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This is another issue that the "get rid of all cattle and sheep" crowd conveniently overlook: all of those are byproducts of a human food (or drink) product which are given an economic value by feeding them to livestock. What would happen to them without livestock? AD? What would that their value be then? What impact would that have on the human food product they are derived from?
Worst case I suppose they would be spread back on the fields.
 

Yale

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Worst case I suppose they would be spread back on the fields.
Which would use as much fossil fuels as feeding to livestock so that element is neutral.

Its like saying driving around in a car in winter with the heating on full blast and the windows open is OK because you’re not getting warm from it.
 

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