Our Service Offering
See our full range of services below. We offer professional and tailored advisery solutions from members who are experts in their various fields.
Grass Bioenergy Production & Management Systems
Grass bioenergy production is a cost-effective energy supply, with a high rural economic development potential, environmentally friendly, and has a positive impact on greenhouse gas production and soil conservation. Grass bioenergy production is a viable industry to produce sufficient biomass to sustain the feedstock requirements of small scale power producing units. It is also a very "farmer-friendly" way to get producers exposed to bioenergy production. Perennial grass production is an efficient use of low-cost marginal farmland. To ensure that such a system is economically-, environmentally-, socially acceptable and sustainable, the correct species selection and site specific management programme is required to provide a continual flow of biomass throughout the year to meet the feedstock requirements of a power generating unit.
Forage Quality Analysis
Good quality forage and fodder is important for good livestock growth and health. To ensure that the premiums paid for these fodder resources are justified, it is essential to determine the quality of the fodder or forage purchased. Protein contents, digestibility etc. are just a few to consider.
Fodder Flow Planning
Preparing for the difficult months and changing herd compositions, fodder flow planning becomes crucial. Knowing how much feed to preserve and conserve for drier months, balancing the needs of the animals with the supply of fodder and forage, will require a complete and accurate calculation of the quantity and quality of material required for a livestock production system.
Grazing Loss Assessments
Fire and / or any other natural hazard that results in a loss of grazing material will require replacement to sustain livestock production. The quantity and quality of material lost and required to replace what is lost until the grazing has returned to its pre-impact condition, is assessed.
Carrying Capacity Assessments
To optimize the utilization of the natural veld and / or cultivated pasture with animals, it is important to determine the potential of the pasture before stocking it with a certain number of animals. This assessment will ensure that the correct number of animals is used to utilize the veld and/or pasture in such a way that both the pasture and animal remain or increase in production and quality.
Grazing System Planning
Utilizing natural veld and / or pasture requires a systematic approach by using a calculated, recorded and monitored grazing system. The pasture type, animal breed, climatic properties etc. will be the determinant of the grazing system chosen and refined to meet the production system’s needs.
Pasture Establishment and Management Recommendations
The success of any cultivated pasture, reclamation of an old pasture or vegetated rehabilitated land, will require quality seeding and establishment conditions. Once a pasture has successfully established, critical management decisions need to be made during the growing season to sustain and then increase the production and growth of these pasture species.
Information Day Presentations
Training people to make field observations and measurements or implement management practices is essential to improve and develop of any production or management system.
Land use managers, livestock production- and or breeding associations can provide there members with information that can support their everyday management of natural veld, cultivated pastures or rehabilitated land.
Often information lacks on certain grass species performance and abilities, and it is required to evaluate species, management systems etc. Grass SA has the capacity to collaborate with many research institutions to evaluate grass and/or legume species for animal-, pasture production and land reclamation systems.