DEMONSTRATION AND INVESTIGATION INTO LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS ADOPTION
This project, as proposed by the Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District (UARCD), is an integrated approach with a focus on livestock systems (i.e. cattle) and secondary emphasis on cropping systems and agroforestry. The project aims to demonstrate environmentally responsible practices for reducing greenhouse gas emission while simultaneously reducing livestock production costs. It is not the intention of the project to invent new technologies but rather to demonstrate unfamiliar practices such as alley cropping systems which, combined with proven winter feeding strategies, will reduce agricultural emissions, increase carbon levels in the soil and enhance production efficiencies by increasing animal feed efficiencies and decreasing traditional production costs such as manure handling and synthetic annual crop fertilization.