Recent New Zealand media footage of cows grazing beets udder deep in mud is drawing more attention towards degenerative farm practices. Dairy and beef industries are under increasing fire from multiple angles from greenhouse gas emissions to water quality concerns and humane animal treatments. This adds up to more...Read More: Critical eyes on winter fodder beet
At 22 I moved to London, with no experience of urban or community living other than a few months in Nelson, a small town at the top of the South Island and a short stint in a Hare Krishna community. Not exactly good preparation for big city life. The...Read More: Stress! Creating an environment for animal performance.
I was talking with one my farm forester friends, Doug. He had harvested an area of pines and was noticing weeds growing there that he had never seen on his farm before. Inkweed, woolly mullein and chamomiles. How did that happen? Weeds get a lot of bad press, surely,...Read More: Do your weeds love fungi?
For years we have been attempting to persuade tree mulching companies to drop us a load or two of wood chips to no avail… Then we learn even more amazing applications for woodchips in the soil building process working with Nicole Masters. We fell in love with the potential wood chips...Read More: When life gives you wood chips …
Here in eastern Australia many of us are experiencing what is being touted as a 1 in 100 year drought that has many people reeling. Some such as in central Queensland have been experiencing this for 6 years, in western NSW for 4 years and those of us slightly...Read More: Looking After Your Productive Potential in Times of Adversity
Is your mindset the key to unlocking your lands potential? It can often be easy to see how other people’s business and landscape is a direct reflection of their beliefs, values and perspective. At the same time we can easily be unaware when our own mindset is the limiting...Read More: Is this your biggest limiting factor?
Call it ‘ole timers’ lore or good animal husbandry; there is a skill in the ability to read animal coats which is as old as the hills. Observing visual animal indicators is a handy tool to assess animal health and reproduction. This traditional wisdom provides an incredibly useful insight...Read More: Animal husbandry starts with observation
Michael Cashmore is a regenerative agriculture coach with Integrity Soils and enjoys helping farmers create a strategy for achieving their goals for their property. Michael reflects on his personal journey of landscape regeneration where a long term farm forestry enterprise has improved his property, regenerated ecosystem function and restored...Read More: A long term vision comes to life
Is your business truly regenerative? It is time to start talking about agricultural business profitability. Land managers have long measured their success based on production outcomes such as the top price at the cattle sale or the highest yielding, weed free crop rather than discussing openly whether they...Read More: The Profit Conversation
We’re told fertilizers are simple; when a crop grows, it draws nutrients from the soil, these nutrients are then removed when you harvest a crop or sell the milk from your goat or take steers to the sales. At least that’s what has been taught to producers and agronomists...Read More: The Myth of Fertilizer