Livestock

Some of the ways in which livestock producers can adapt to the changing climate include:

  • Select breeds and within breeds for tolerance to changing conditions, including heat, diseases, and parasites
  • Modify the timing of mating and weaning based on seasonal conditions
  • Review the property for access to shade, shelter, and water
  • Adapt grazing and pasture management. For instance, reduce paddock size and/or total grazing pressure to facilitate recovery and fodder production. Match stocking rates to season and long-term carrying capacity
  • Conserve fodder
  • Finish cattle by lot feeding
  • In intensive animal production (e.g. piggeries, dairies, etc.), review the need for sprinklers and air flow
  • Review protocols for movement, handling and haulage

In practice

Jigsaw Farms' Mark Wootton on being carbon neutral