On March 20th, 2015 took place the first Farm Day at the farm Estancia Bahia II owned by our client Mauricio Cardoso Tonha, located in the city of Agua Boa-MT.
Until recently, Agua Boa was a region of cattle ranching, but in recent years there has been an evolution in the fields of agriculture, especially in areas of degraded pasture and in this scenario we needed to discuss new formats of production systems integrated to the benefits that agriculture provides.
The goal of the Farm Day was to show an example of success in animal husbandry involving areas with high animal stocking resulting from improvements in management and fertility of pastures and integration with agriculture. In addition to high stocking, we discussed the possibilities of using technologies regarding animal supplementation with concentrated food.
We had an audience of approximately 200 people among ranchers, farmers and technicians.
Mauricio showed the farm and talked about what he has been doing to increase production and improve results.
Gustavo R. Siqueira and Flavio Dutra de Resende, researchers from Agência Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegócios (APTA) and Marcos Reis from Aliança da Terra delivered three lectures.
Elder Oliveira, Exagro consultant, presented the lecture “Intensification with profitability,” in which he showed productive and economic performances data of the last four years of the farm. He also presented the impacts that the deployment of new technologies brings to the results of the production system and the need for constant planning.
He talked about many scenarios we can have as result of deployment of technologies combining production costing with different revenue. See the following:
Elder also explained that the results per hectare maintain greater correlation with the production on pasture and that it can be enhanced with the production in confinement or with use of concentrated supplementation.
The table below contains information extracted from the Exagro Benchmarking database, and it shows 128 farms grouped by outcome (in ascending order) and the total production per hectare, production on pasture and into feedlots respectively.
We can see that the farms with better results were the farms with production on pasture.
With planning, we could improve some points on the farm and we can highlight the production of @ per area of 9.3 @/ha/year in 2011 to 15.5 @/ha/year in 2014. This was possible through improvements in soil fertility through agriculture, pasture management and mainly with the farm team training. Investments in infrastructure also had to be adjusted as needed for each stage of the project implementation.
Despite higher costs, we have been able to increase production and the result has improved every year.