Farming with grass is cheaper and better for the environment

Gareth MorganEnvironment

With another drop in dairy prices overnight, the spotlight is going on returning to old fashioned, less intensive methods of farming. This method of farming requires less spending on machinery and inputs (such as fertiliser and palm kernel), so while it produces less milk it also has lower costs and can be more profitable overall.


Ron Pellow of SIDDC has been talking us through the work they have been doing on their commercial demonstration farm in Lincoln, showing how dairy farmers can reduce their environmental impact while maintaining profit. The approach is known as low intensity farming. In this video Ron talks us through the secret to successful low intensity farming – which actually puts the focus back on to farming grass.

Farming with grass is cheaper and better for the environment was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by Gareth Morgan
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Gareth Morgan is a New Zealand economist and commentator on public policy who in previous lives has been in business as an economic consultant, funds manager, and professional company director. He is also a motorcycle adventurer and philanthropist. Gareth and his wife Joanne have a charitable foundation, the Morgan Foundation, which has three main stands of philanthropic endeavour – public interest research, conservation and social investment.