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Archbold-Alltech Research Alliance Results Confirm Environmental Benefits of Grazing Ruminants

April 22, 2024

In 2019, Archbold and Alltech formed a strategic Research Alliance to jointly develop assess cattle and pasture beef management approaches, specifically to increase understand the relationship between the quality and quantity of beef productioned in subtropical regions while maintaining and enhancing the environment. The Archbold–Alltech Alliance brought together scientists from two different disciplines — ecologists from Archbold and ruminant nutritionists from Alltech — to understand the coupling between production and the environment. The impacts of the impact that cattle production at Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch has on the ecosystems at Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch and and the ability to sequester carbonthe impact of these ecosystems on cattle production. Over the past five years, the Rresearch Aalliance has created developed a model for estimating the Rranch’s carbon footprint. On average, Buck Island Ranch sequesters more carbon each year than it emits. It is a net-carbon sink. This research shows that grazing ruminant animals on land benefits the environment and improves carbon cycling. The results confirm that carbon-neutral — and even net-positive — beef production in cow calf operations is possible at Buck Island Ranch. For more information and please watch Archbold’s contributions to the six-part Planet of Plenty™ video series here about cattle grazing, the carbon cycle, and climate change. Read more about the Archbold-Altech Research Alliance here.