Areas of Focus: Agricultural Production, Biodiversity, Education, Grazing Management, Producer Exchange, Soil Health, Sustainability
In collaboration with: Aliança da Terra
The Novo Santo Project is a collaboration between the Institute of Ranch Management at TCU, Alianca da Terra and Novo Santo Antonio Cattlemen Association (Apepasa). The project started in January of 2015 with an initial meeting and a follow up agreement by all parties to a five year project designed to teach the fundamentals of ranching. The TCU team would provide the teaching curriculum and instructors for five separate courses. Alianca’s role provides technical support by mapping designated ranches and supplies a technician on the ground to meet with the producers. Apepasa has 15 to 20 producers that are actively involved in the project. The participants are primarily smaller beef producers with approximately 10 to 200 cows, including a few producers that hand milk select cows for cash flow.
Goal: To collaborate with the livestock producers of the Novo Santo Antonio region in a five year plan aimed at increasing productivity and sustainability. Sustainability will be measured by three key components: ecological, economical and enjoyable for the next generation.