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#1 Jeanne Joy

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:42 AM

Here's something for the environmentalists:

http://www.scienceda...10303111626.htm
It has been said, "Most of the footprints in the sands of time were made by working shoes." By the side of those footprints are paw prints.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:54 AM

Here's something for the environmentalists:

http://www.scienceda...10303111626.htm

We mob rotate our sheep and have for a couple of years know. I was amazed how the sheep responded to this. We have now have a few calves that we will start with them. Allen Savory book Holistic Management is a bit of a hard book to read but well worth it. Joel Salatin, Greg Judy, Allen Nation all promote a grass base system. It is quite the learning curve, and we are definitively not there yet, but our fields have improved tremendously. We have stopped making hay and buy what little hay we need, and graze the hay fields. I highly recommend The Grass Farmer.
With the price of gas and grain we are not going to be able to sustain that type of farming. Plus the impact this type of management is on the environment is tremendous. .Although for us with sheep it is more labor intensive.
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#3 juliepoudrier

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:13 PM

I don't think this is real news. People who practice rotational grazing and similar techniques (mob grazing, etc.) know it's good for pastures. The key point of the article is *moderate* grazing.

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#4 Mark Billadeau

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:22 PM

Grazing cows may be good for the soil but I'm not sure it's so great for topography (especially soft ground).

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