The design and content of this Resource Guide has been shaped by the experiences of practicing organic farmers. It has three main chapters: Soil, Animal Health and the Environment. These three chapters relate to the progression experienced by many who have converted to organic farming but it is not a recipe for organic farming. Rather it provides a range of options and ideas for you to choose from.
Compiled by Barbara Gillatt and Louise Coats
Illustrated by Fred Robertson
Publisher: Soil and Health Association of NZ Inc. and Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association in NZ Inc.
© Soil and Health Association of NZ Inc. and Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association in NZ Inc.
2. The Soil
3. Animal Health
- What is soil? - Introducing the soil microorganisms- The soil food web
- Some practical soil chemistry - A crash course in chemistry!- Soil test reports and interpretation - Trace elements or micronutrients
- Putting the theory into practice - Biodynamics - Composting - Compost tea - Brix % - Effluent as a fertiliser - Seaweed and fish fertilisers - Vermicast -Rock dust -Paramagnetic material
- Pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers, and the effects on soil
- Salt based fertilisers
- Tools of the trade
4. The Environment
- Animal health and stock management
- General tools for animal health
- Specific Health Problems
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- Some thoughts on layout
- Moon and planets - Climate and weather
- Government and dairy regulations
- Pasture - Seeds sourcing and selection -Herbal ley mixtures -Kikuyu information - Cropping -Weeds and their management -Fallowing - Trees - Wetlands and waterways
- Reusing dairy effluent – some methods and tips - Breeding: dairy, beef and sheep - Breeding and livestock management - Comments from farmers and practitioners
- Conversion issues for livestock management
- Behaviour: cattle, deer and goats - Be nice to your cows - Quarantine paddocks -Minimise contamination
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