Farm Transition Methodology

Global Animal Agriculture (GAAg) now occupies 60% of all lands now used by humans. It makes GAAg the leading cause of global deforestation, soils degradation, and water depletion*.

Global deforestation is the primary driver of the 6th Great Mass Extinction of Species now underway. Earth is now losing up to 200 species of wildlife everyday*, and GAAg is the leading cause.

Humans have now depleted over one-third of Earth’s carbon sequestration capacity*, and GAAg is the leading cause. And in a ten-year time frame, methane (CH4) is the most potent greenhouse gas that contributes to Climate Change; GAAg is the leading industrial polluter of CH4.

Reduction of methane emissions and the reforestation of lands used by GAAg would sequester more carbon than humans have put into the atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial revolution (~1750). This would not only halt climate change, it would reverse it*.

The consumption of meat and dairy is the leading co-factor in fatal human diseases including heart disease, cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, and stroke. 18 of the top 20 selling pharmaceutical products worldwide are medicines which treat diseases associated with meat and dairy consumption*.

Today, more and more ranchers are making the conscientious decision to transition from farming animals to more compassionate, sustainable and socially responsible farm enterprise including solar farming, wind farming, and plant-based agriculture.

Rowdy Girl Sanctuary’s Rancher Advocacy Program (RAP) aids conscientious ranchers who are seeking assistance to transition their animal-farming operations with expediency and cost-efficiency. RAP’s team of pro bono consultants include experts in agroecology, scale sustainable farming, ag economics, farm planning, and farmed animal sanctuary.

Following is an outline of RAP’s Farm Transition Methodology:


  1.  “Feasibility Study” for Transition to Sustainable, Non-Animal Agriculture

In Phase I “Feasibility Study”, RAP’s Expert Advisory Team works with the Rancher/Farmer to assess their farm production capabilities and optimal market opportunities for transition.

  1. Determine Market / Revenue Analytics for potential new crops:
    1. Assess Regional Growers
      1. REPORT: Production Trends / Statistics
    2. Assess Prospective Buyers
      1. Regional Buyers
        1. REPORT: Price Trends / Statistics
      2. National/Int’l Buyers
        1. REPORT: Price Trends / Statistics
    3. Assess Revenue Sustainability
      1. REPORT: Revenue Forecasts 3-5 yrs
        1. Refs: Buyer endorsements /  [1.a-b]
    5. DECIDE Final Recommendations (based on market viability, Rancher Interests)
  2. Determine Farm Production Costs for each proposed crop [1.e]:
    1. Research Production Detail (veganic methods (seed to market); ongoing)
      1. Field Production methods, labor
        1. Planting methods, labor
          1. Planting Calendar
        2. Compost Production
        3. Facility/equipment Reqs
      2. Harvest methods; labor
        1. Harvest Calendar
        2. Facility/equipment Reqs
      3. Post Harvest Handling
      4. Distribution and Sales
      5. REPORT: Recommended Production Detail(s)
    2. Research Production Cost Estimates (seed to market)
      1. Initial Investment Costs, and
      2. Ongoing Production Costs
      3. REPORT: Total Production Cost Estimates
    4. DECIDE Final Recommendations (based on costs, Rancher Interests)
  3. DECIDE Final Production Goals in Multi-phase Rollout


  1.  Debt Restructuring and Financial Framework

Parallel to Phase I above, RAP advisors work with the Rancher to assess current debt,  proposed new investments and new revenue plan(s) [2c] to develop of a comprehensive Financial Plan for viable transition.

  1. Assess existing Rancher assets, debt, terms, other constraints, etc (prior to new investments, expenses [2.b.3])
    1. REPORT: Current Debt Assessment
  2. Assess Final Proposed Expense Schedule for Farm Transition [I.2.b.3], including
    1. Final Investment Expenses per seller endorsement(s), and
    2. Ongoing Production Expense per phased transition [I.3]
    3. REPORT: Phased Investment and Ongoing Expense Schedule
  3. Research Debt Restructuring opportunities for combined pre-existing debt (II.1.a) PLUS new expenses [II.2.c and III (below)] v. Projected Operations Revenues [I.3]
    1. Assess Investor Funding Opportunities–
      1. REPORT: For-profit and Green investor funding opps
      2. REPORT: Plant-based food manufacturers funding opps
    2. Assess Grant Funding
      1. REPORT: Government Grant opps
      2. REPORT: NGO Grant opps
    3. Assess Bank Loans
      1. Remortgage opps
      2. Other  instruments…
      3. REPORT: Business Loan opps
    4. PRESENT: Final Debt Restructuring Opportunities
    5. DECIDE: Final Debt Restructuring and Investment Plan

III.  Farmed Animal Sanctuary Plan

Parallel to Phase I and II above. RAP advisors will work with the Rancher to explore options for lifetime care of remaining stock animals including proposed new investments for integrated permaculture, sanctuary partnerships and associated grant opportunities to develop of a comprehensive Sanctuary Plan that includes:

  1. Assess Sanctuary Permaculture Plan for allowed grazing acreage (if any), including
    1. Research Permaculture Detail (e.g., cow-permaculture methodologies)
      1. Estimate Sustainable Population Capacity (e.g., herd capacity)
    2. REPORT: Proposed Sanctuary Permaculture Production Plan
  2. Assess Cost Estimates for Permaculture Production, including
    1. Initial Permaculture Investment Costs, and
    2. Ongoing Permaculture Maintenance Costs
    3. REPORT: Proposed Sanctuary Permaculture Investment and Ongoing Expense
  3. Research Animal Care Plan, including cost estimates for
    1. One-time and Ongoing Veterinary expense
    2. Feed Plan/Permaculture (e.g., cow-permaculture plan [III.1.b])
      1. Supplemental Food Plan
        1. Seasonal
        2. Phased
    3. Ongoing Oversight/Enrichment
    4. REPORT: Ongoing Animal Care Expense
  4. Assess Sanctuary Placement opps (e.g., number of Cows exceeding III.1.a.i)
    1. Research Sanctuary Partnerships
    2. Research Land Grant opps
    3. REPORT: Sanctuary Placement opps
  5. Assess Sanctuary Investor/Sponsorship Opportunities–
      1. REPORT: Green investor Cause-Marketing opps
    1. Assess Grant Funding
      1. REPORT: Government Grant opps
      2. REPORT: NGO Grant opps
  6. DECIDE: Final Sanctuary Transition Plan for remaining farmed animals.\

RAP advisors will work with Rancher to determine a final rollout for investment and phased implementation of new Farm Production and Sanctuary Permaculture and/or outplacement of remaining farmed animals to ensure their lifetime care. If/as needed RAP advisors will provide Rancher ongoing pro-bono consultation to help ensure successful transition, debt recovery and financial sustainability.


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