Why Rafter W Ranch and Our Grass-Fed Cattle Helps the Environment On Earth Day and Every Day
Do You Know About … Rotational Grazing Benefits
Rotational grazing allows cows to get the nutrients they need and maintains the health of the grass and soil over the long term, all while keeping carbon in the ground instead of releasing it into the atmosphere. With a rotational grazing system, there’s less need to feed cows grain or artificially fertilize the grass.
One study found that farms participating in sustainable agriculture practices like rotational grazing produced 19% fewer emissions than non-participating farms in the first two years, dropping to 35% fewer emissions after participating for longer than two years.
Using rotational grazing is one way livestock farmers can do their part to decrease those emissions, while saving money on feeding their herds.
Rafter W Ranch is Way More than Just Rotational Grazing
Do You Know About … the Audubon Society
In the late 1800’s hats adorned with bird feathers were at the height of fashion. In 1896, a group of ladies concerned with the ever decreasing numbers of shorebirds organized what would become the first chapter of the Audubon Society in an effort to curtail bird harvests. Over the years more chapters formed and gave birth to the National Audubon Society. Today, the National Audubon Society is committed to protecting birds at all stages of their life cycle.
Do You Know About … How “Silent Spring” Foretold a Possible Future
In 1962 Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring” in which she foretold a tale of doom for not only birds and other wildlife but for all life on our planet. She used information from the federal government and chemical pesticide manufacturers alike to shine a bright light on the dangers of misusing DDT and other pesticides. Her work, among others, set in motion sweeping environmental legislation a decade later.
Do You Know About … How Our Ranch is Helping
At Rafter W Ranch we have partnered with the Audubon Society.
North America’s grassland birds are in trouble. Constant habitat degradation by suburban expansion, pesticide and herbicide overuse are a very real threat to our birds.
Audubon Certification means that ranches like Rafter W Ranch are working to ensure proper land management for the benefit of cattle, birds, wildlife and the people that live here. It is apparent that all Life benefits from healthy ecosystems with clean water and healthy soil.
Do You Know About … the American Grassfed Association
Rafter W Ranch is also AGA Certified. This means we are committed to raising and finishing all of our cattle on grass so it is vital we care for our land. We employ rotational grazing to eliminate overgrazing and soil erosion. This helps us keep our land vibrant and our streams clean. It also allows for plant diversity for nesting habitat and to encourage pollinators and other wildlife to flourish.
Do You Know … How You Can Help?
You too can join the Audubon Society and get involved. In addition, supporting businesses that care about the environment goes a long ways toward making sure those businesses can continue to care for the land.