Category: Livestock

Cut Your Chickens Feed Bill by Fermenting

Cut Your Chickens Feed Bill by Fermenting feat

Fermentation is nothing new to most of us. We’ve either used it with our surpluses for natural food preservation, or we’ve taken advantage of the probiotics, those beneficial bacteria, that fermenting something creates. As health-promoting element of our diet, its importance is not up for debate; as a part of industrialized lifestyle, its absence has now been recognized as a serious flaw in the system.

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Cattle and Water Use

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For years now I have been seeing posts and hearing comments from students about the enormous amount of (drinking) water used by cattle. Studies propose that it takes 12,000 gallons to produce 1 pound of beef (or 100,000 liters to produce 1 kilogram, see this article). These studies however are based on cattle consuming hay and grain. Do cattle consume hay or grain in their natural environment? No. It is […]

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Raw Milk Available for Sale and Delivery in NZ

Raw Milk Available for Sale and Delivery in NZ

The New Zealand government have heard their people, allowing public access to raw milk that is packed with health boosting properties. The New Zealand government have not simply taken the assumption that raw milk is inherently bad, the way that many people do as soon as they hear the word “bacteria”. Instead they have made the effort to allow their people the choice. Those in NZ can decide for themselves […]

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How to Set Up and Maintain Your Own Flock of Chickens

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The idea of keeping chickens at home is one that appeals to a growing number of people around the world. It’s not just that you’ll get “free” eggs and chicken meat, it’s also that the produce from the chickens you keep is known to be free from all the unsavoury “stuff” (including harmful antibiotics and synthetic colouring) commercial chicken eggs and poultry are known to contain. But if you’re going […]

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Feeding the “Whole” Cow and Chicken

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What Our Grandparents Knew About Ecology, Genetics and Ethics: “What does an animal need to have a good life? I don’t mean a good life physically. We know a lot about what kind of food, water, exercise, and veterinary care animals need to grow well and be healthy… What does an animal need to be happy?” Dr. Temple Grandin Raising livestock is rooted in so much more than reading directions […]

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Leader Follower Grazing System

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A multi-species, leader follower grazing system has recently been implemented here at the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). Multi-species grazing has been shown to improve pasture quality, control weed growth, and enhance pasture utilization (getting the most out of every blade of grass). All of these are achieved while increasing the carrying capacity, enabling more animals to thrive off the same plot of land, continuing the cycle of land restoration. This […]

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BioDigester Wrap Up and Making Thatch

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast shows the end result of the Bio Digester setup: the gas. He also talks about and shows making thatch for a roof from vetiver grass.

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Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 4

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast describes the process after the cow manure goes through the biodigester. The biodigester compost pits and reed bed are shown and how he generates soil fertility through the cycling process is discussed.

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Milking – Bio Digester Routines Part 2

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast shows the milking routine with the cows, which follows on from the manure collecting and gets done before the biodigester gets fed.

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Playing with Cow Poo: Bio Digester Routines Part 1

In Part One,Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast, shows you the daily process of feeding the bio digester to make biogas. Biogas is mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. In this he shows the routines in the morning with the cows and how to ensure the manure stays uncontaminated.

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Some New Angles on Grazing Cells

The Big Scrub is gone; destroyed by loggers and cattle farmers a century ago. What was once Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest—900km2 of biodiversity—is now largely home to cows and grass. Even between these two components many landowners still struggle to enforce balance. Thistle-covered paddies, eroded hillsides, compacted soils with sparse vegetation—scars from this struggle cover the region’s rolling lowlands..

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From Monoculture to Permaculture

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When Warren Brush bought a run down orchard near Ventura, California, he knew he was in for the ride of his life transforming it into a Permaculture farm. From an original monoculture persimmon, apple and avocado orchard, it’s a risky challenge to turn all this around and announce you are now also running a creamery and a heritage pig system and a farm stall and then there are the walnuts […]

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