Bill converted a 100 year-old sugarcane plantation into a grove of Albrigia and Rainbow gums.
SHADE-GROWN GRASS HAS MORE PROTEIN
Lower light levels beneath the forest canopy cause shade grown guinea grass to produce more phytoplasts. More phytoplasts mean more protein then that produced by open grown guinea grass (15% vs. 8%)
Wild guinea grass that is harvested, chopped to 1 1/2 length, dried to 15% moisture, then fed through a cuber. It can be used as local feed replacement for cows and horses.
90% OF HAWAIIAN CATTLE ARE SHIPPED TO THE MAINLAND AND FINISHED ON FEEDLOTS. BILL COWERN MAY HAVE ANOTHER SOLUTION.
Do the math. It's cheaper to ship a 400 lb cow to a Colorado feedlot than to ship 4 tons of feed to Hawaii. Why? It takes 8 lbs of grass to grow 1 lb of beef. To ship 8 lbs of feed costs $1.40 a lb. 1lb of beef from this same grain that produces might fetch $1.20 per lb. For beef to be local to Hawaii, it's critical that they develop local food supplies like grass cubes.