Dear Reader/Greenhouse Gas Emitter.
Unless you eat our beef that comes off the Spier Wine Farm (it is rollermarked SPIERPR), your act of eating beef contributes to greenhouse gas emissions/global warming.
You can now buy our beef generated carbon credits from these guys at Credible Carbon. We have been audited by C4ES. Spier Soil Carbon Audit_C4ES_24 July_15h00 The reason we have gone with Credible Carbon for this project is because of their “capacity building” strategy whereby 50% of the net income generated by this project goes to direct employee benefits.
The conventional livestock sector, the photo above was taken at South Africa’s biggest feedlot, contributes to the net release of carbon in many ways.
– land degradation,
– methane release from concentrated animal manure,
– fossil fuels being burnt during the production of GMO feed for the animals as well as whilst the animal is being fed in the feedlot,
– fossil fuels being burnt to produce the fertilisers used in feed production
There is a series of photos below that show our method of cattle grazing but before that some reading.
Our beef operation sequesters carbon. That means that C is stored in the soil which is the safest place for it to be. Inspired by Andre Voisin and perfected by Alan Savory and Ian Mitchell-Innes this method of mimicking nature is very simple. A lot of animals in a small space for a short period of time. We use both cattle and chickens to graze. The cattle are moved between 2 and 6 times per day and the chickens are moved in their Eggmobiles once a day. A minimum of 6 weeks later the animals return to the pastures which have grown dramatically (plants primarily grow by taking CO2 out of the air), solely fertilised by the animals manure.
The first step is our herdmen approach the mob. The one in the photo was 308 strong. As you can see they have eaten a lot of the existing pasture and it is time for them to move. Our men lift the temporary electric fence to facilitate the move.
First mover advantage, as in all walks of life, means you get to choose the tastiest morsels for yourself.
Some are content being in the middle of the pack. They know that there will be enough food for them.
Surprising at it may seem, we also have laggards on our farm.
Our herdmen, from left, Jangia Phiri, Kasango Samukute and Khiphelakhe Mkhize. These guys, along with the other farm staff, will get 50% of the net income from this project.
The neighsayers will be shouting methane, in between mouthfuls of their conventionally raised meat. Methane is a very serious problem BUT it is caused by conventional livestock production. After they have finished eating their global warming/grain fed beef steak then they must please read this document entitled “An exploration of methane and properly managed livestock”. I am not going to rehash the document suffice to say it is a short read with the salient points being that methane levels started rising with the Industrial Revolution, healthy soils are a methane sink and grasslands managed according to the principles introduced above contain bacteria called methanotrophs, which break down methane.
In conclusion you can now assuage your guilt from eating a feedlot, GMO grain fed steak by buying the Carbon credits knowing that half the money is going to be spent on uplifting our staff.
Thanks for reading.