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.