Large-scale livestock needs to be considered for numerous reasons. Not the least of these should be the local production of Methane … also known as Biofuel and more commonly referred to as Natural Gasi. Both Propane and Natural Gas systems are interchangeable though the Natural Gas systems generally require a larger “Pilot Light”. Forced turbine generators and even some fuel cells are available that should allow for the introduction of Point of Use electrical power generation utilizing this natural gas. Natural gas can further be used for refrigerators, stoves, ovens and even as a fuel for vehicles. As such, this will fuel … no pun intended … a great many resources, including some very profitable markets.
Traditional digesters and composters will produce the natural gas with rich effluent as a final byproduct that can be utilized for organic fertilizers and the creation of highly enriched soils. It is highly likely that the incorporated parent entity should own and operate its own feed supply not only for cost savings and benefit, but for the purposes of generating a more organic and natural livestock feed supply that also serves to reduce the levels of copper and zinc in the solid waste produced by the livestock.
The solid waste also has other residual or effluent left over from the creation of the natural gas extracted from the solid wastes. The most common of these is the remaining sludge effluent which can be used for the creation of soil, as a part of and supplement to organic fertilizers and even for the creation of natural and organic emulsifiers. The vast majority of this residual will most likely be used within the community development, though there may be some excess available for the open markets. With the vast scope of the proposed food forests however, such excess amounts are not projected to be available for public sale within the first decade.
The Livestock should begin at a smaller scale so as to avoid any detrimental impact to the local markets, but built with expansion in mind. A final goal of ten thousand breeder sows is generally a sufficient level to ensure the profitability of the efforts, though expanded efforts at marketing the byproducts such as meat need to be taken into consideration as well, again, so as not to destabilize any local markets.
Fifty to one hundred thousand chickens and other fowl is the minimal recommendation for the purposes for which they will be utilized. Sheep will not necessarily do exceedingly well in all of the select locations for the establishment of community developments, but large-scale goat production should probably not contain less than ten thousand breeders for the purposes of sustainability. Beef cattle can be a viable option in some locations, though it is believed that in regards to issues of beef, efforts should focus on the large scale purchase and operations of Cattle Stations throughout the Western portions of Australia, to be run as part of the overall global community.
Potential markets for the meat and other production of the livestock include retail sales in the local stores and retail markets, owned and operated by the organizational structure in charge of the overall facility. Additional options include the introduction of a Franchised restaurant and/or food carts and other venues. These, in combination with other marketing options and potential domestic contracts, including retail stores, will allow for a more widespread, domestic distribution of the goods, stabilizing the domestic markets without endangering local markets.
There is some question in regards to the costs of feeds for such large numbers of livestock, in addition to the need to create and utilize feeds that will aid in the reduction of copper and zinc in the biotic waste so as to allow for an increased level of natural gas or methane extraction from the waste materials. The concerns regarding the copper and zinc levels, which results in the production of ammonia in more traditional digesters, is not a major concern with the new helioconverter technologies in operations in some venues. Still, since not everyone will have such an ability, the reduction of these minerals should be a focus, and that is based in large part on the feeds that the livestock is provided with during their natural lives.
To that end, it will be best in the early phases, to partner with existing, local feed supply companies wherein the means of production already exists. Either a separate branch of that company or a new corporate entity owned wholly and solely by the foundation are both viable options. The final decisions will be made based on the availability of expertise and manpower in addition to the necessary machinery and technology for any individual site. Ultimately, all of the feeds should ideally be produced by a foundation owned corporate entity, though there may need to be a more considerable level of compromise in the early phases of operations.
i Biofuels may be produced in many different forms but among the most common is methane, also commonly referred to as Natural Gas. Gas Traps are increasingly common in Landfills and other locations wherein large amounts of rot will occur as the natural rot produces methane naturally … thus the common referral to Methane as Natural Gas. The more methane, natural gas and/or biofuels that can be produced on-site will reduce the need for expensive imports and allow for an expanded export and also allow for the direct economic benefit of going directly from wholesale production cost to full retail value sales, increasing the profit margins of these endeavors wherein the products are sold and not utilized for consumption within the community development(s).