SUSTAINABILITY ON A PIG FARM: 3 WAYS WE LESSEN OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
At Taaibosch, we believe in making the most of what we have. We are passionate about sustainability and lessening our environmental impact by working with nature. As such, we have several programs and processes that focus on these goals.
MANURE SEPARATING AND COMPOSTING FACILITY
We have a manure separating and composting facility where effluent is utilised as a valuable resource. We compost the solid fraction of the separation process and this is made available for reselling and re-use in our own vegetable production project.
The highly fertile liquid fraction from our separation process is utilised as organic fertilizer on the pasture fields to produce hay, which returns to the sow group houses as complementary feed or fibre after mating, or as enrichment and nesting material.
In addition we have established a secondary composting facility for all plant and piggery waste not managed in the effluent system, as well as composting material from the on-site homes.
With the intensive and precise nature of the hay production, we continuously fertilize and balance the soil conditions, which has increased yield over the past few seasons.
REDUCED WASTE PROGRAMME
As part of our reduced waste programme, mortalities are autopsied and cleaned before being frozen on-site in a biosecurity facility. These are donated as feed to the Barnato White Lion Programme, Puruma Pride, and Predator’s Rock Rehabilitation Centre.
Medication and feed additives have been specifically selected and screened to be safe for predators, vultures, and other birds of prey. This endeavour also aids and helps something that is close to our hearts, the conservation of endangered species in our country.
MONITORING AND TESTING OF SOIL AND WATER QUALITY
We do regular soil testing to establish our farm’s soil health, which assists in better yields as well as environmental safety. The soil analysis is used to plan the balancing of manure we apply on the fields, as well as the supporting minerals we need to add to the soil.
We monitor our water quality by doing regular water analysis, ensuring our animals as well as our employees living on-farm get safe and high-quality water, the most important nutrient in any diet.
By testing the soil and water, we also ensure that our pig production system does not contaminate the surrounding environment. This is another check we have in place to ensure all our systems are working accurately and are environmentally friendly.
Manure separating and composting, our reduced waste programme, and monitoring and testing of soil and water quality are just three of the ways we focus on our goals of sustainability and lessening our environmental impact. We are passionate about working with nature to continue focusing on these goals.