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"Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by Kiwi Pete, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. @awkward - thats a thought but does involve waiting - but a good suggestion/
    @Henarar - no drains - its a high welll draining pasture. just v poor quality this time of year.
     
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  2. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    I'm thinking of dotting a few apple trees around the place, you know the saying about an apple a day....
     
  3. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Borrow some cattle in the spring. If you can afford to rest it, rest it.
     
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  4. Macsky

    Macsky Member

    Location:
    Highland
    I’ve been over to N Uist plenty and have often thought that it would be a great place for no till and cover cropping/strip grazing. Ploughing that sand seems crazy, especially with the wind there.
     
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  5. n.w

    n.w Member

    Location:
    western isles
    Very good points, N Uist does a lot more cropping than Harris, Our crofts are divided into strips about 2 hectares each. with very little cultivation undertaken, most will grow potatoes for own consumption, shallow ploughing with the potatoes dropped in with the turf behind the plough, I grow carrots, and like to sow oats, basically as a food source for Corn Buntings etc. and to encourage corn field annuals, [ just playing TBH] The machair is grazed by cattle and sheep and they are not removed until the middle of May. also im not overly happy introducing certain types of cover crops as a fair bit of it is SSSI. Ive never noticed any erosion here possibly due to the strip allocation ..However I can imagine the larger areas cultivated in N Uist would benefit from direct drilling
     
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  6. n.w

    n.w Member

    Location:
    western isles
    Indeed why not ! Agroforestry
     
  7. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Can't beat a few trees about, eventually I'd like the place sprinkled with a mixture of NZ natives, fruit trees etc.
     
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  8. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    20190211_103402.jpg
    We are just over the bump in the middle of this photo. 20190211_102851.jpg
    Not far from the sea at all.
     
  9. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Regarding the plastic-polluted seaweed, you could maybe try soaking/brewing it in water, the algae of course "dissolves" after a few weeks and goes into suspension.
    It could be a way to get the rubbish out of it?
     
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  10. Macsky

    Macsky Member

    Location:
    Highland
    Obviously Harris, how did I miss that? That’s got to be Northton. Over there even more frequently, married to a native.
     
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  11. but where is all the lush green ryegrass ? :eek::rolleyes::D


    I haven't seen it before, so thanks
    all those Peter Byck films are pretty awesome
     
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  12. Crofter64

    Crofter64 Member

    Location:
    Eastern Canada
    I think Its a good idea. Stomp it a bit and break up the moss , scatter some seed, feed them hay, but definitely concentrate them with electric fencing.Then leave it alone and let it do its thing.
     
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  13. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Did you age again, @Farmer Roy?

    If so, many happy returns, I only remembered as it would have been my parent's 51st wedding anniversary.
     
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  15. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    I had to put one out on Saturday 20190211_104613.jpg just out of the right hand edge of this picture, a glass bottle had started a fire with the sun 20190211_113804.jpg
    This was the fire crew, I just grabbed the tanker from the station and doused it
     
  16. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Love it - it's all about that water cycle, whether you get 10 inches or 10 feet of it a year

    Somewhere in the middle, "you don't have to" worry about it
     
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  17. Treg

    Treg Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
  18. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    It's just alright, on a good day. 20190211_131255.jpg As you can see from the sea, it was a great day!

    "Flat as a turd" :oops::)

    20190211_130932.jpg Tautuku Bay (top) and the Tahakopa river mouth at Papatowai. 20190211_130825.jpg
    It's quite a diverse environment, I don't get sick of being paid to drive around it over summer. :cool: I plan to die here, at the right time...
     

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