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Sustainability, Biodiversity and Profit from Pastoral Farming

Ian Mitchell-Innes is a Holistic Management Instructor and farmer from South Africa. He has helped beef, sheep, dairy, and deer farmers all over the world in various landscapes and climates. His aim is to teach holistic management and mob grazing in such a way that improves animal performance while increasing the productivity of soil and pastures, which in turn enhance biodiversity and environmental outcomes.

The main difference between Ian and industrial farmers is that he focuses on farmers being harvesters of energy (sunlight) that provide the microbial tapestry with the energy to build soil and effectively work and mine the essential nutrients, without the use of inorganic chemicals. His holistic management model operates on the basis of working closely with nature, instead of using inorganic chemicals to drive it down unnatural pathways. Adopting holistic farming practices could pre-empt the need to replace animals with pine trees in the quest for zero carbon. It could also recover farmers Licence to Operate in the face of increasingly limiting regulatory constraints.

Ian believes that more ruminants on our pastures could improve environmental outcomes, sequester carbon, retain nutrients and clean up our waterways. The goal is not to have less ruminants, we just need to manage them differently!

Eat meat, drink milk, wear wool and save the planet!

Date Thursday, 21 November 2019
Time 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Audience Public,Alumni,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Public Lecture
CampusDunedin
DepartmentMicrobiology and Immunology
LocationArchway 4 Lecture Theatre.
CostFree
Contact NameFrank Griffin
Contact Emailag@otago.ac.nz

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