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Species rich grazing?

Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by Richard III, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. Richard III

    Richard III Member

    Location:
    CW5 Cheshire
  2. martian

    martian DD Moderator

    Location:
    N Herts
    Really interesting. Pasture is the easiest place to play around with multiple species farming, but it makes you wonder where we can go with companion cropping...
     
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  3. awkward

    awkward Member

    Location:
    kerry ireland
    in fairness Cotswolds seeds have been doing this as well for a while. find it very interesting
     
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  4. mikep

    mikep Member

    Really funny but the saying that there's nothing new is so true.
    This was part of the old 'O' level syllabus in the sixties.
    Vegetation naturally progresses to the climax state which is usually a forest. The start is with moss, small grasses and other plants that encourage grazing that encourages other plants that encourages more grazing etc. All plants and animals are opportunists and will thrive with the right conditions, plants make use of different srategies and can form very diverse mixes helped by allelopathy, root depth, plant hight etc.
    The one thing they didnt say is that there must be a controlling factor or the progression will continue through to scrub and woodland. The control is either animals or humans and is dynamic not static.
     

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