Success Stories

Holistic Rangeland Management

Holistic Rangeland Management for Better Grazing

Holistic rangeland management in combination with bush thinning can lead to productivity for cattle farming. When Hendrik began addressing bush en­croachment in 1996, his farm could only stock 670 head of cattle, whereas now that same farm can carry 1400 head of cattle, and as Hendrik explains, “more cattle means higher profit margins.” Using a combination of rangeland manage­ment together with bush thinning, Hendrik has increased his farm stocking rate from 25kg/ha to 45 kg/ha of live weight. Standing among wide stretches of tall grasses, interspersed with indigenous trees on farm Agagia, Hendrik explains, “I win the Meatco Producer of the Year Award, every year in March and April. This is because I still have grass on my farm in these months when other farmers do not.” As Hendrik adds, “you do not just need grass, you need pal­atable grass,” as cattle are selective grazers that prefer the annual to the…
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Drought Resilience & Climate Change Adaptation

Surviving Drought on Encroacher Bush Species

If I did not learn about using bush to produce feed, I could have lost everything – even the bull itself Salomo Kauari, like his father before him, is a full-time farmer. He is a communal farmer and a mem­ber of the African Wild Dog Communal Conservancy. Salomo attended as many training courses as he could over the years, especially those on the topic of range­land management. This is where he first heard about bush-based animal feed. Shortly thereafter, Salomo purchased a hammer mill machine, which is used to grind bush material into smaller pieces. What he didn’t know then, was that by in­vesting in his bush feed production, he was ensuring a lifeline for his family farm. When the country faced an extended drought, Salomo put his learning to practice. “I knew I had to make a plan. I used the bushes. I made different recipes, for survival or…
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Innovation

Gains for Generations with Biochar

People see yields going down or longer dry spells and they think it is just the norm, but this is where biochar comes into play. Prime Biochar is made using encroacher species of bush biomass, but with parts too small to be used in charcoal production. Biochar is combined with microbial fungus and thus forms microbial biochar. The product, made by Sakeus and Joel Kafula, can improve the quality of soil for centuries to come. Sakeus grew up watching common agricultural practices that result in the degradation of the land. This is what drove his pas­sion for restoration solutions. “I saw from a young age how our practices were degrading the environment, and I knew this was what I needed to do, to be in a space that can help rectify some of these things.” “People see yields going down or longer dry spells and they think it is just…
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