Striking a balance between livestock and the environment
Mixed farming builds resilience into agriculture
As farmers around the country calculate the damage from recent weather extremes it once again illustrates just how vulnerable the sector is in the face of changing weather patterns.
Agriculture is on the climate change front-line and finding the delicate balance between reforming agricultural practices, food security and the sustainable use of natural resources is on-going.
One thing that is certain is that we must build resilience into farming systems so that they can better adapt to climatic challenges.
Organic farming is widely acknowledged as a method of farming that reduces the impact on the environment, making it a good climate mitigation option.
One method of building resilience is mixed farming, something that is practiced widely in the organic sector.
This incorporates growing cash crops and livestock in a manner where the crop and animal components complement each other.