Organic farming the way to go for this farming family.
For David Sheehy and Karen Scott, transitioning
their farm at Honikiwi, near Otorohanga, to a
fully organic dairy operation has been all about
working with the land and the stock to get best results.
Kiss the Ground
We watched this over the weekend and it is a must see film. While it is based in USA it is valid for the whole planet. If we don't take heed this is our potential future.
The movie is available through other sites if you don't have Netflix, google 'Kiss the Ground'.
Demystifying Regenerative Agriculture - by Edwin Njau, August 2020
Ten years ago, the phrase "Regenerative Agriculture" would have captured the curiosity of very few farmers. Today it has caught the attention of many. A century ago, farming practices emphasising single species cropping, nitrogen application, heavy tilling, use of pesticides and herbicides, etc. emerged to lead the conventional farming revolution. Increased greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion, water pollution, and a threat to human health are some of the headlines depicting conventional agriculture.
Regenerative Agriculture aims to solve all of these issues by working with the environment. Like a
contract, Regenerative Agriculture mainly involves forming a symbiotic relationship with the soil where both parties gain something... Read more
Bearings in Ewes/Hoggets
Prevention only works once you know what causes bearings.
The ratio of the elements, Phosphorus – Potassium – Magnesium – Calcium and Sodium are what are termed as the electrolyte balance.
Muscle contraction is controlled by Calcium; muscle relaxation is controlled by Potassium. Sodium dilutes Potassium. Sphincter muscle strength relies on Magnesium; low Magnesium intakes will leave the muscles that control the squeezing function weakened. It is therefore not hard to understand that an imbalance in the ratios of these elements will have a detrimental effect on the ewe’s/hogget’s ability to retain her uterus.
Get these electrolyte ratios right and bearings in your ewes/hoggets will be minimised.
Here is an on-farm example of how the electrolyte balance works -