In North America RuMeth is making the RMET commercially available to livestock producers interested in improving or promoting the sustainability and environmental responsibility of their operations. RMET provides a relatively simple and straightforward starting point for both individual producers, and groups of producers, to begin measuring and monitoring the environmental impact of adopting sustainable practices. For example, the members of a grazing association or a cooperative marketing group can adopt and use the RMET to advise their members on operational practices to improve efficiency, as well as represent their environmental credentials, or differentiate (brand) their product by defending their stewardship credentials. Therefore this tool provides producers with access to a means for marketing their product as environmentally responsible, and defending their environmental stewardship using 3rd party certification, while being able to respond to criticism in this same area.
In developing countries RuMeth uses its RMA methodology to assess livestock production systems, activities and projects implemented by non-governmental organizations, multi-lateral agencies or private enterprises. This innovative tool can be applied to a wide range of production operations, groups of operations, and systems. The RMA measures the actual productivity of the cattle and the resultant emissions. These specific assessments are used to better focus the technical aspects of a project, measure the carbon mitigation potential, improve understanding of the part nutrition plays in the value chain and chart the weaknesses in a given production system.
Additionally, RuMeth staff are seasoned development professionals, experienced in applying their technical and practical expertise to a wide range of livestock related subjects and activities, including: the development of strategic frameworks for livestock interventions; the design of programs and activities; the design and baseline analysis of livestock value chain indicators; development of monitoring, evaluation and learning plans (MELPs); mid-term program and project evaluations; final impact evaluations.