What we Hope to Learn Through Regeneration
Questions we hope to answer
with our regenerative ag project
Can a regenerative dairy farming system be as profitable as a conventional one?
The potential for lower input costs, improved animal health and similar production levels all contributing to improved profits will be studied.
Can regenerative farming help reduce dairying’s environmental footprint?
Will the nutritional value of the milk produced be improved under a regenerative system?
The impact of greater dietary diversity in livestock diets and changes in soil chemistry under a regenerative system will be monitored and the nutritional profile of milk output, and nutrient profiles will be analysed for comparison to a conventional system.
Will a regenerative system improve the health and well-being of the stock grazing within it?
With a more varied diet that includes nutrient dense high quality plants with lower levels of synthetic inputs, it will be possible to determine if stock enjoy a healthier lifespan.
Will regenerative farming improve support for dairying in the wider community?
The acceptance of dairying as a valuable part of the rural community and national economy could grow if regenerative agricultural methods demonstrate an improvement in nutrient losses, water quality and animal health. Measuring those key parameters will provide a clear demonstration whether this can be achieved.