Chapter 12 : Integrating Farming and Livestock

Integration of farming and livestock can increase the profitability of regenerative farms (LaCanne, 2018). This contrasts to the prevailing trend of farm specialization, dominant in agriculture over the past century. This is a consequence of the adoption of other regenerative agriculture practices like crop rotation and cover crops, which significantly reduce the cost of livestock adoption at regenerative farms, and make livestock production more profitable. The adoption of hybrid integrated crop-livestock systems presents well-documented benefits, both economic and environmental, increasing profitability and environmental sustainability of regenerative farms and their communities (Russelle, 2007). In addition, diversification of agricultural production makes these farms less vulnerable to market shocks.