In commercial cattle operations the single largest contributor to greenhouse emissions is through methane gas released by the cattle.
It is difficult to reduce emissions per animal quickly especially for ranging enterprises, however the way you manage your herd as a whole can significantly reduce emissions and increase profitability. You could also eligible to earn carbon revenue if you reduce the emissions intensity of your herd.
Reductions of methane and nitrous oxide can be achieved through a range of actions, such as improved diet and herd management. Carbon credits can be awarded to pastoralists who engage in the following activities:
- reducing average number of days from birth to slaughter
- reducing average age of the herd, reducing the number of animals in the herd
- improving pasture and feeding cattle dietary supplements
- improving weaning percentage by culling unproductive cows
- installing fences to control herd movements and improve joining practices
- expanding watering points to allow cattle to graze more widely and make better use of available pasture
Altering a herd’s diets and improving breeding techniques can help cattle to reach market weight earlier and lift calving percentages which minimise the number of unproductive cattle.
In this way, you may be able to lift herd business gross margins as well as lift overall enterprise profitability from additional carbon revenue.
To find out more about how grazing management can benefit your business please call AI Carbon on 0410 541 662 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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