All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture by Gene Logsdon

By Gene Logsdon

Amidst Mad Cow scares and purchaser issues approximately how livestock are bred, fed, and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the conventional perform of pastoral farming. Grasses, clovers, and forbs are the average nutrition of livestock, horses, and sheep, and are important vitamins for hogs, chickens, and turkeys. shoppers more and more search the future health merits of meat from animals raised in eco-friendly paddocks rather than in muddy feedlots.

In All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and provides of Pasture Farming, Gene Logsdon explains that well-managed pastures are nutritious and palatable—virtual salads for farm animals. Leafy pastures additionally carry the soil, foster biodiversity, and create stunning landscapes. Grass farming can be the answer for a under pressure agricultural process in response to an business version and propped up via federal subsidies.

In his transparent and conversational kind, Logsdon explains traditionally powerful practices and new ideas. His hot, informative profiles of profitable grass farmers supply idea and concepts. His narrative is enriched via his personal adventure as a “contrary farmer” on his artisan-scale farm close to higher Sandusky, Ohio.

All Flesh Is Grass could have large entice the sustainable advertisement farmer, the home-food manufacturer, and all shoppers who care approximately their food.

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But because they were selling milk retail to their own customers at their own price, she explained, they actually were making more net profit than when they fed corn and milked twice a day. And of course they were working less. Interestingly, she said that though the volume of milk declined by  percent, the amount of cream in it did not. Evidently, what they were mostly losing was water. Do the cows dry up early when milked only once a day? ) No, she said. Another article of dairying faith down the drain.

In the blessed summer of , rains were so abundant that the cool season grasses kept on growing through the so-called late summer slump season. I learned a valuable lesson. With ample rain, there is no summer slump. The rains made a joke out of all those grazing graphs in instructional manuals that show a big upward curve of plentiful grass in early summer and a big downward curve in late summer. I made a second cutting of hay from Paddocks , , , and  between the rains of July and early August.

I was reading everything I could find on rotational grazing and was visiting grass farms when I had time. Most of the instruction I read and heard focused on the number of animals per paddock and the timing of their moves from one paddock to another. Attention seemed to be fixed on these two variables and not so much on the different kinds of pasture plants for different kinds of situations. After three dry years followed by our worst drought in history, I decided that information about different forages was more vital to me than time of movement or density of grazing stock.

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