Category: Livestock

How To Build an Automatic Chicken Feeder For Free

Here is a simple and clever idea presented in the short video above. It’s the easiest DIY automatic chicken feeder. It can be made quickly and totally for free. You just need a bucket, knife, a thick wire and a cork. Enjoy the feeding!

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Intensive Silvopasture – a Win-Win for Carbon and Yield

I don’t have rights to a photo of intensive silvopasture, but in this image we have high density of leucaena with pasture below, thus a very similar pattern. Ethan Roland for scale. As I research my book on carbon-sequestering agriculture I am occasionally struck by particularly promising techniques that mitigate climate change, build soils, and actually increase production of human food or other yields. One such system that has me […]

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Reforesting With Goats

Photos: Ingrid Pullen At Zaytuna Farm we have been using our Boer meat goats to fast-track the weed-tree-infested forested valleys’ succession and reforestation with a diversity of high quality tree species. This is being done around the pasture edges of the valleys and the gullies between our pastures, which are dominated by weed tree inundations of small and large leaf privet, camphor laurel and lantana.

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Organic Tick Repellant

Photos: Ingrid Pullen Late winter and early summer in the warm zones of Australia are deadly times of year for smaller farm animals, especially newborns, because of the deadly paralysis tick. Young cows up to 4 months, sheep, goats, geese, cats and dogs can all die from the powerful neurotoxin of the paralysis tick. People can also suffer and be seriously effected if the ticks are not removed within a […]

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Goats Better Than Chemicals for Curbing Invasive Marsh Grass (USA)

Periodic livestock grazing keeps invasive plant in check, helps restore views and biodiversity. This image shows goats in a fenced test plot eating invasive Phragmites australis marsh grass. Photo: Jennifer Brundage, Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — Herbivores, not herbicides, may be the most effective way to combat the spread of one of the most invasive plants now threatening East Coast salt marshes, a new Duke University-led study finds. Phragmites australis, […]

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Sheep Vegetation Management in British Columbia, Canada

Permaculture principle #11: Use edges and value the marginal. The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place, these are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system. — Holmgren Let’s talk about clearcuts in Northern BC. Clearcuts are edges, between the forest and cleared land where fast growing broad-leafed plants like fireweed and alder outcompete conifer seedlings. We think of clearcuts as ugly […]

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Changing from GMO to Non-GMO Natural Soy – Experiences from Denmark

Healthier, more productive pigs, more profit, and much less birth deformities; an important lesson for all farmers not to use GMO feed or glyphosate on their land. by Ib Borup Pederson Based on invited lecture at the 1st Forum of Development and Environmental Safety, under the theme “Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture 2014”, 25 – 26 July 2014, Beijing. “Pilegaarden” (Willow Farm) I want to tell you what I have […]

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Can a Cow Produce 100 Pounds of Pig Feed a Day? (Poland)

This entry is about cows and pigs. But before we get down and dirty let’s start with some basic facts about humans’ and pigs’ nutrition to make sure we’re on the same page. What does it take to fatten pigs efficiency? It is said that all animals need proteins to be fattened efficient. Is it really true? Not entirely — in fact all we really need is a substance which […]

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Why Silkies Are the Perfect Hens for Small Gardens

I started my journey with chickens with two lovely ex-battery hens who were so friendly and were real pets. However, they made short shrift of my garden and tended to wander everywhere into other people’s lawns. No matter how often I clipped their wings, they kept getting out. Although I really loved those two characters, they were causing problems for me and my neighbours. Sadly, they were subsequently stolen and […]

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Soil Carbon Cowboys – Case Studies in Holistic Management (video)

Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis — heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning on their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth, rather than run off. And these turned on soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. It’s an amazing story that […]

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Where Have All the Barnyard Breeds Gone? (And a Sustainable Poultry Workshop with Jim Adkins, August 5-7, 2014, NSW, Australia)

Instructor Jim Adkins teaching the Hogan Principles of Production at Heritage Creek Farm With the industrialization of agriculture, dual purpose heritage breed poultry have been all but eliminated from Australia with a small number of exhibition fanciers being their sole keepers. These historical normal birds with their amazing hardiness, foraging abilities, delectable flavor, and production qualities not to mention visual appeal have been replaced by a hybrid bird not capable […]

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Taranaki Farm Chicken System (Victoria, Australia)

Taranaki Farm is truly a wonderful place to witness. The farm focuses on producing pastured poultry, beef and pork, with laying hens moved onto new pasture every few days. It is a great combination of high tech and old-world, using electric fencing to keep the animals on fresh grass. This style of animal management helps to keep the animals parasite free, eliminates the problems of over-grazing and gives the pastures […]

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