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By Pat Coleby

Fit farm animals clearly demonstrates the inescapable connection among reliable land administration and elevating fit efficient animals. sleek farming practices, together with superior paddock and farm layouts, water conservation and using soil analyses are tested. It indicates how specific minerals and hint parts within the soil and feed have an effect on the supply of supplements which are had to defend animals opposed to illnesses and advertise fit progress. The husbandry provided by way of Pat Coleby during this ebook is predicated on her first-hand adventure and gives a useful perception into the average care of livestock.

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48 Healthy Cattle Naturally Analysis — one with a higher pH The following analysis, which is from a farm in northern Victoria, is also showing a few problems at the other end of the scale. The difference between it and Analysis A is obvious, and as it is the first analysis I have seen from this farm I would expect that the farmer has been bringing his land into balance for a few years now. This turned out to be the case. 11 Recommendations: Gypsum Lime Dolomite 1 tonne to the hectare Nil Nil Remarks This analysis shows land in good balance needing only the gypsum (calcium sulphate) to bring it totally into balance.

The farmer’s refusal to use the slurry had caused the delay. You cannot farm organically by default, which means you stop using artificials but make no effort to replace them in the farming operation. Superphosphate came into use to replace animal manure fertilisers, which had been used for generations to maintain the health of the land in the Northern Hemisphere. It is easier to spread a powder than manure, and it was often easier to handle bags of super than loads of manure. Composting manure The best option is to mix the slurry with rice hulls, sawdust or other cheaply obtainable organic matter and make compost on a grand scale.

Note: On poor low pH soils the copper will not be available until the land is remineralised. C H A P T E R 4 Improving your farm and cattle using soil analysis This chapter looks at two different soil analyses and gives detailed comments. Chapter 8 gives more information on each mineral. Taking a soil analysis To take a soil analysis, be governed by the treatment the farm has had rather than the different soil types. This means that if artificial fertilisers have been used on one-half of the farm and not the other; or one-half has been cropped and not the other — take two samples; taking about 30 cores from each part.

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