Bill converted a 100 year-old sugarcane plantation into a grove of Albrigia and Rainbow gums.
SHADE-GROWN GRASS HAS MORE PROTEIN
Lower light levels beneath the forest canopy cause shade grown guinea grass to produce more phytoplasts. More phytoplasts mean more protein then that produced by open grown guinea grass (15% vs. 8%)
Wild guinea grass that is harvested, chopped to 1 1/2 length, dried to 15% moisture, then fed through a cuber. It can be used as local feed replacement for cows and horses.
90% OF HAWAIIAN CATTLE ARE SHIPPED TO THE MAINLAND AND FINISHED ON FEEDLOTS. BILL COWERN MAY HAVE ANOTHER SOLUTION.
Do the math. It's cheaper to ship a 400 lb cow to a Colorado feedlot than to ship 4 tons of feed to Hawaii. Why? It takes 8 lbs of grass to grow 1 lb of beef. To ship 8 lbs of feed costs $1.40 a lb. 1lb of beef from this same grain that produces might fetch $1.20 per lb. For beef to be local to Hawaii, it's critical that they develop local food supplies like grass cubes.
Organic feed is a feed designed to mimic a chicken's natural diet:
1. Trace minerals
3. Diverse grains
4. No corn
5. Rock powders
6. Carbon humates
7. Sprouted wheat, barley, and oats.
Location: Skagit River Ranch, Sedro-Woolley, WA
Featuring: Eiko and George Vojkovich of Skagit River Ranch
Grassfed vs. Cornfed
Location: Skagit River Ranch, Sedro Woolley, Washington
To them, a sustainable farm is one that produces quality livestock or crops year after year without chemical fertilizer or pesticide inputs of any kind. Such a process financially sustains both a farm's operations and the family whose lives depend upon it. The biggest threats they face are the shortage of unadulterated agricultural land which they can lease in order to grow their business and the increasingly restrictive government regulations directed at small farmers.
They heritage breed seen here dates back to the 50's, a time when animals were much more efficient at grass conversion, before their genetics were re-engineered for feed lot production. It takes cattle 6 to 8 months to grow on grass, but this means the animals lead longer, healthier lives.