Category: Animals

BeeConnected: Linking Farmers and Beekeepers to Save Bees in the UK

In the UK, bees contribute largely to food production as they pollinate major commercial crops and trees as well as produce honey; a staple for breakfast in many homes. According to a study by researchers at the University of Reading, Bees contribute £651 million annually to the UK economy. However, the bee population is declining at an alarming rate; they are reports of some species already becoming extinct. The reason […]

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The Use of Ducks in Rice Fields in the Control of Weed and Pest

The Use of Ducks in Rice Fields in the Control of Weed and Pest

Various communities have used ducks and geese as a weed and pest control strategy. Indeed, there exist studies that have been conducted looking into the efficiency of the strategy in terms of yield, weed control and also pest control. Ducks and geese offer an organic method of controlling pests and weeds. Ducks have a high affinity of consuming seeds made by weeds, snails, a variety of bugs and also the […]

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Early Morning Cow Routines

Every morning the first thing we do is look after our animals. The cow routines are particularly involved. The cows stay in the cattle yard overnight, and in the morning their manure is collected for the biodigester (to make biogas). It is shovelled into several buckets, to make up the 30kg we need every day. The cows are then fed and the milkers are milked. After eating and being milked, […]

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Vermicomposting: How Worms Can Reduce Our Waste

Vermicomposting: How Worms Can Reduce Our Waste

Nearly one third of our food ends up in the trash can. There is hope, however, in the form of worms, which naturally convert organic waste into fertilizer. In this very well illustrated video, Matthew Ross details the steps we can all take to vermicompost at home — and why it makes good business sense to do so. Video Courtesy of Ted Ed For a great article about setting up […]

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Mastering Farming Even Before Humans

Humans are not the first species to farm on Earth. Nor are they the first species to have taken agriculture to industrial scale to feed millions. Three species from the insect world have been farming fungi from the last 20-65 million years. Ants, termites and ambrosia beetles are the first species to have mastered the ability to harvest food from crops and farming is so close to their heart that […]

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Are Goats as Communicative with Humans as Dogs?

Are Goats as Communicative with Humans as Dogs?

A new research study says goats interactive capabilities with humans are as good as that of other domesticated animals such as dogs and horses. Researchers observed that, goats try to communicate with humans by gazing at them when confronted with a challenge which they cannot tackle by themselves and also their response change depending on the person’s behaviour. Domestication has molded the cognition and behavioural capabilities of animals such as […]

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Gardening with Bugs

Gardening with Bugs

I grew up in a family of keen gardeners. My father was in the RAF so that meant that every three years he got posted somewhere else so they started making a new garden. For the first fifteen years of my life that was mostly North Yorkshire. I remember aged 7 being awarded a penny for every dandelion I dug from the garden lawn. I was never charged for the […]

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Making Biogas is Easy

Methane is a versatile, sustainable gas that can be used to perform everyday tasks like heating water and cooking food with surprising simplicity. Unfortunately producing it and using it at home may seem messy, but below we have a simple DIY instruction on making a biogas digester. All grazing animals have bacteria that are needed for creating methane in their guts, with cows being the most efficient creators of the […]

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Stroking Your Way To Higher Milk Yield

A new research study in Germany says, regular stroking of calves not only improves the animal-human relationship but also induces a weight gain in calves, which in turn results in higher milk yield later in life. A healthy relationship between cattle and caretakers is very crucial not only for ethical reasons, but also for animal welfare and productivity. Quality relationship brings in reduced stress responses during routine management practices, increases […]

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Cut Your Chickens Feed Bill by Fermenting

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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Close Proximity Duck System

Nicholas Burtner visits Jack Spirko, owner of The Survival Podcast, at his Nine Mile Farm where just a few years ago was a rocky barren dried up landscape. Jack integrated a paddock shifting system and in just a short amount of time – everything has greened up. It is simple and anyone can do it. This video is a really good example of how a little bit of planning can […]

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Cattle and Water Use

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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