Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services*.

Through careful observation, we manage each pasture dependent on its needs, utilising the following techniques:

  • Measuring the Land Condition Score (LCS)
  • Measuring levels of Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) 
  • Conducting annual stock takes of 3P Grasses  (Perennial, Palatable and Productive)
  • Water conservation 
  • Planting up to a total of six varieties of plants, grasses and legumes to improve soil health and livestock productivity 
  • Monitoring and measuring resting periods after grazing
  • Matching stocking rate to available carrying capacity
  • Using animal density as a tool for pasture revitalisation
  • Managing livestock effectively for improved performance – where appropriate through use of supplements such as biochar, red asparagopsis and 3-NOP.

A grazing density of six Adult Equivalents per hectare has three main positive impacts to soil health.

  1. This level of density, coupled with the right timing creates even grazing of pastures and develops a bed of protective mulch.
  2. Cloven hoofed animals break the soil surface crust enabling enhanced water infiltration.
  3. The animal’s excrements help the mineralisation process of the soil. The carbon rich soil has higher levels of nutrients and improved water retention capacity, resulting in greater plant growth, oxygen release back into the atmosphere and a superior food source for animals.

Measuring Carbon

Packhorse is committed to invest in technologies that accurately measure the benefits that the regenerative methods are having on the carbon levels in the soil. This includes installing devices such as multi-sensor soil core scanning systems to help measure soil carbon storage, flux towers that measure carbon dioxide movements and spatial satellite spatial imagery including photos and supporting notes.

Carbon stocks are measured upon government approval of a successful project and a baseline carbon stock produced at year 0.

Government then registers the stocks and allocates the project proponent Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

Packhorse has set a target to be carbon neutral by 2050

The effectiveness of Packhorse’s regenerative agriculture approach will be measured by Carbon Link Ltd (an independent provider consisting of a team of scientists, engineers, farmers and business people) through testing the levels of soil organic carbon (SOC).  

Packhorse will then work with the Emissions Reduction Fund to deliver and develop the changes required to increase the SOC levels in the soil.

After five years, Carbon Link Ltd will retest the SOC levels and then the Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) will be issued.

An ACCU represents 1 tonne of CO2 and can be held or sold on the open market.

Carbon sequestration will continue to be measured over 25 years.

Packhorse Carbon Story

A simple explanation of carbon sequestration in soil through regenerative agricultural methods and animal impact

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