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Building Healthy Pasture Soils
Michigan State University scientists analyzed the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions from beef finishing using adaptive multi-paddock grazing, including carbon sequestration impacts. In results published in Agricultural Systems, they report that soil carbon sequestration from well-managed grazing may help to mitigate climate change, because emissions from the grazing system were offset completely by soil carbon sequestration. Although previous studies concluded that grass-finished beef systems have greater greenhouse-gas intensities than feedlot-finished systems, these studies assumed continuous grazing in the grass-finished system. Adaptive multi-paddock grazing, by contrast, can manage for more optimal forage growth and recovery and sequester large amounts of soil carbon. This research suggests that adaptive multi-paddock grazing can contribute to climate change mitigation through soil organic carbon sequestration.