Chalk up another win for native plants. Australian sheep farmers have discovered, much to their fiscal joy, I imagine, that scrappy, rugged native plants—when paired up properly to provide all the essential vitamins—make better grazing material for their livestock than traditionally cultivated clover and grasses alone.
Local plants like saltbush, blue bush, and goosefoot were proven to boost production and profitability by 24%, but it wasn’t all about the bottom line; sheep that fed on these plants also showed a marked decrease in methane emissions. Yes, sheep farts, as with other mass livestock “emissions,” have been pegged as a likely contributor to global warming.
Better yet, these native plants, when introduced to grazing areas, reduced ground soil erosion and thrived on limited rainfall. And the benefits don’t stop there. Makes me wonder how a finding like this might help out farmers on other continents. More info through the link. —MN
It makes sense to me.