He was pressed for time, but he told a nice story about how the guy he started the abbattoir who he rents some land from was worried about his land.
I guess they had got a lot of rainfall and the last area he had grazed the beeves on (which was pretty weedy too) had become more of a mud field than a pasture. Pugging, mud flowing down hill a bit here and there covering up grass, not much grass visible to speak of. The guy was strongly desiring Joel to plant some sort of seed in there to make sure the pasture stayed established. Joel wasn't worried (though a bit more than usual), he hadn't planted a seed in many many many years (35-45 years? can't remember how long). Anyways, of course i can't tell it as well as he can, might as well cut to the chaise, the pasture bounced back as if it had never happened, only this time without a single weed... crushed and cow pied the canadian thistle out of existence...
Jami McBride wrote:
Hum.... maybe he doesn't plant the seed, but maybe it's in his feed ration (indirect seeding).
And he does apply the mostly composted material scooped from his barn. This stuff has the feed he gives his cows all winter long plus hay he puts down thickly as bedding and pig/cow droppings. Some seed potential in there I think.
But other than returning the nutrition once it's cycled through his animals he doesn't fuss with this fields as far as I've seen.
he doesn't own hay equipment
he buys enough hay for about a month every year
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
Another important thing that he sometimes leaves out, but is in The Omnivore's Dilemma:
He buys commodity corn to feed his poultry. That flow of nutrients onto his pasture might be important.
paul wheaton wrote:"why not feed the offal from the chickens to the pigs, and the offal from the pigs to the chickens?"
pretty sure he is not keen on owning the equipment, also pretty sure he said he buys it
he does keep a reserve, in case of unusual heavy snow cover
not only is icelandic kelp sundried into the highest quality product, it is also supposedly a more nutrient rich species of kelp...
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
Odd that his calcium is coming all the way from Iceland. I would think there would be less expensive sources, closer by.
John Polk wrote:
Milo Hasting's book has been republished, and I feel is worth a read.
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