Core Value 1

Not all livestock feed is created equal. Most crops are water, energy, and cost intensive and can only be planted seasonally on arable irrigated land.

 

Spineless opuntia thrives in semi-arid environments where growing crops like maize, soy and lucerne is not viable due to water scarcity.  Opuntia is a perennial plant with a productive lifespan of 15-20 years and can be harvested on demand.  The biological characteristics and metabolic resilience of this crop facilitate the rehabilitation of unproductive marginal land.  This is a key differentiator in regard to cost drivers and profitability.

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Dry Matter Intake

Spineless Opuntia can represent up to 40% of the Dry Matter intake of a ruminant, such as dairy cow, beef cattle, sheep, goats.  Simple carbohydrates provide easily degradable sugars to the animal, increasing rumen fermentation efficiency.  It has the 75 to 90% of the metabolizable energy provided by maize silage.

Protein Yield

Fermented spineless Opuntia provides up to 10 times more crude protein per hectare than soybean and 2 times more crude protein than lucerne per hectare.

GOAL

To offer a water and energy efficient alternative to traditional livestock feed produced from marginal land