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by Beli Mawr
Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Your experiences with other theories and practices
Topic: Pat Coleby
Replies: 3
Views: 4946

Pat Coleby

I'm a big supporter of Pat Coleby's approach to animal and pasture management and can give first hand examples of the amazing power of Vitamin C, which she talks about a lot. (If anyone is interested, ask me about the recovery process of the stud cow which nearly cut its rear foot off after getting ...
by Beli Mawr
Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:39 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: 'Controlling' Weeds
Replies: 54
Views: 37712

Thought the forum might be interested to read the latest press release from my local council. Fireweed is classified as a noxious weed in many areas and landholders are obliged to control it. It's pretty clear from the attached, as well as the local "wisdom" that it is simply assumed that spraying i...
by Beli Mawr
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Time to slash
Replies: 2
Views: 3039

When should I be slashing? I am thinking that some slashing is better then none? How often? any suggestions Hi Danny, My two cents for what it's worth and I'll preface this by stating that I farm in a completely different area and don't know anything about the seasonal variations up north. I try to...
by Beli Mawr
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: Questions about the NEW book 'Beyond the Brink'.
Topic: Weeds and Lime
Replies: 8
Views: 5373

Weeds and Lime

I've just finished reading the (so before its time) book "Weeds - Guardians of the Soil." Actually downloaded it from the nsf site and I can see so many similarities between Cocannouer over 50 years ago and Peter now. Quirky book, but a must read. My question though surrounds the use of lime to remi...
by Beli Mawr
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: Questions about the book, 'Back from the Brink'
Topic: Weeds and Lime
Replies: 0
Views: 3786

Weeds and Lime

I've just finished reading the (so before its time) book "Weeds - Guardians of the Soil." Actually downloaded it from the nsf site and I can see so many similarities between Cocannouer over 50 years ago and Peter now. Quirky book, but a must read. My question though surrounds the use of lime to remi...
by Beli Mawr
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Bio Char
Replies: 12
Views: 3726

slash and burn is a higher temperature process, slash and char a lower one, which is what terra preta practices employed Does this comment suggest it is possible to slash and char in situ, rather than the kiln type set up in which I believe agri char is being reproduced. Brings me back to my origin...
by Beli Mawr
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13658

BM have you ever looked at holistic management? Indeed I have. You sound as though you've read Alan Savoury's Book "Holistic Managment - A New Framework for Decision Making." I think Alan's observations and recommendations are entirely consistent with Peter's views, particuarly with reference to th...
by Beli Mawr
Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:15 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13658

Hi BM, thanks for your input. What type of cattle? Is your profit from breeding or other uses? Hi Novaris, We run around 30 Angus cows and a bull, turning off around 15 steers and keeping the best 2 or 3 heifers as replacements. We spend nothing on weed control (other than the mulcher and the tracto...
by Beli Mawr
Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13658

David, I'm a part time farmer on about 100 acres running a small breeding herd of cattle. I would hate to be trying to live off the income from the herd, but it is certainly our aim to operate at a profit ie: input costs < net income and we are well on the way after 6 years of ownership. That said, ...
by Beli Mawr
Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Bio Char
Replies: 12
Views: 3726

Bio Char

Have been learing a great deal watching the conversations in the various forums. Thanks to all who share. Wondering what the consensus is on the use of bio char in the context of NSF. On the one hand, the notion of burning organic matter seems at odds with the slash and mulch approach, but there is ...