THE speakers at the Omnia Farmers’ Day that was held recently at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg, offered far more than a discussion on the technical aspects of no-till farming. President of the American Confederation of Organisations for Sustainable Agriculture Roberto Peiretti gave some interesting facts about the need for changes in our agriculture if we are to feed the world and equally fascinating were the points raised by the political and trend economist J. P. Landman on the “post-Mbeki era”. Peiretti stated that soil tillage is the number one factor responsible for soil degradation. I liked that because it means that we should not blame cattle for soil degradation but the irresponsible use of the plough. A great point for us cattlemen.