Our producers manage almost 7.2 million hectares (that’s about the size of Tasmania) of certified organic farmlands. Most of this is in the Lake Eyre Basin, one of the world’s great free-flowing inland river systems, in the pure heart of Australia. Countless floods here have deposited rich nutrients to create vast, fertile outback floodplains – so remote they have been virtually untouched by chemicals for millions of years.
In this harsh but pristine environment, over 250 species of natural grasses, herbs and succulents grow year-round and flourish when intermittent floodwaters recede.
Raising cattle has impacts that our producers negate as much as possible.
Large areas of remote land are used for grazing OBE cattle; however, these arid areas are not used for cropping, and organic standards preserve pasture and biodiversity.
Cattle drink water; however, there is no irrigation of pastures and water is managed in a sustainable manner by producers within the Lake Eyre Basin.
Cattle from ‘grassfed-only’ systems emit 1.8% of greenhouse gases globally; however, carbon dioxide is also absorbed back into vegetation & soil as part of the carbon cycle.
Organic standards require producers to be great environmental stewards.
In addition, we became the first corporate partner of Grazing BMP in 2015. Through this partnership we have delivered best management practices training and benchmarking to remote cattle producers to help improve their environmental management, and to increase their productivity.
We have also developed a Biosecurity Planning Workbook for Organic Livestock Enterprises in partnership with Livestock Biosecurity Network, and contributed to the development of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework.