The Herd Management Methodology
The beef cattle herd methodology rewards producers with carbon credits by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram of liveweight. Improving herd diet, enhancing breeding efficiency or reducing the age structure of a herd are practices that reduce emissions and create carbon credits. The very same things that improve the profitability of running cattle generate an additional carbon farming income.
Herd Management Practices
- Increase the ratio of weight to age of the herd
- Reduce the average age of the herd
- Reduce the proportion of unproductive animals
- Change the ratio of livestock classes of the herd to increase total liveweight
- Improving fences or increasing the number of watering points can reduce the time from birth to market (e.g. more water points/fences).
The use of breeding techniques to lift calving percentages and minimize the number of unproductive animals. (Culling unproductive animals, early joining or changed time of calving)
Improvement of feed quality. The use of fodder crops, use of Leucaena, paddock feeding of grain/oilseed, use of irrigation or forage cropping.
Any activity that improves average daily gain, improves reproduction percentages, or result in early turnoff reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can generate carbon credits.