Day: August 4, 2018

Global Warming and Pasture-Raised Beef Production in the United States

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Summary: Agriculture emits all three major greenhouse gases— methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide—but the latter is a small part of the total in the United States and is not considered in this report. This report evaluates the prospects for changing management practices… Read more »

The Potential of Restorative Grazing to Mitigate Global Warming by Increasing Carbon Capture on Grasslands

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Summary: This white paper reviews the literature on soil organic carbon losses and potential gains through regenerative management. It finds that most literature is limited to areas considered in “agriculture” and that rangelands may be largely under… Read more »

Climate Change, Healthy Soils and Holistic Planned Grazing: A Restoration Story

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Summary: The quantity of carbon contained in soils is directly related to the diversity and health of soil life. All organic carbon sequestered in soils is extracted from the atmosphere by photosynthesis and converted to complex molecules by bacteria and fungi in… Read more »

GHG Mitigation Potential of Different Grazing Strategies in the United States Southern Great Plains

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Summary: This paper demonstrates that enteric emissions (methane) from cows are not a climate impediment when the animals are managed in a way that builds soil, thus, capturing carbon. Specifically, using a life cycle assessment that weighs emissions… Read more »

Emerging land use practices rapidly increase soil organic matter

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Summary: This paper reports one of the highest carbon drawdown rates ever documented – 8 tons per hectare (3.2 tons per acre) per year. The high C capture in soil occurs through a conversion from row cropping to “management-intensive grazing.” Cation exchange and water… Read more »

Potential mitigation of midwest grass-finished beef production emissions with soil carbon sequestration in the United States of America

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Summary: Beef production can be environmentally detrimental due in large part to associated enteric methane (CH4) production. However, beef production in well-managed grazing systems can aid in soil carbon sequestration (SCS), a detail often… Read more »

The role of ruminants in reducing agriculture’s carbon footprint in North America

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Summary: With appropriate regenerative crop and grazing management, ruminants not only reduce overall carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions, but also facilitate provision of essential ecosystem services, increase soil carbon (C) sequestration, and reduce environmental damage. Permanent cover of forage… Read more »

Impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems

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Summary: This paper does a greenhouse gas life cycle analysis (LCA) comparison of two grazing finishing systems in the Upper Midwest, USA: fleedlot finishing (FL) and adaptive multipaddock (AMP). It finds that AMP finishing improved soil… Read more »

The Need for a New Approach to Grazing Management – Is Cell Grazing the Answer?

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Summary: This paper investigates the comparative vegetative impacts of cell grazing and continuous grazing on three properties in Australia during the 1990s and finds cell grazing superior in all measured parameters, including plant basal diameters, most desirable… Read more »