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

By Gene Logsdon

Amidst Mad Cow scares and buyer issues approximately how cattle are bred, fed, and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the conventional perform of pastoral farming. Grasses, clovers, and forbs are the ordinary nutrition of livestock, horses, and sheep, and are very important supplementations for hogs, chickens, and turkeys. shoppers more and more search the overall healthiness advantages of meat from animals raised in eco-friendly paddocks rather than in muddy feedlots.

In All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and gives you 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 attractive landscapes. Grass farming will be the answer for a under pressure agricultural process in line with an commercial version and propped up through federal subsidies.

In his transparent and conversational sort, Logsdon explains traditionally potent practices and new ideas. His hot, informative profiles of profitable grass farmers provide thought and concepts. His narrative is enriched by way of his personal event as a “contrary farmer” on his artisan-scale farm close to higher Sandusky, Ohio.

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

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B. Mostly fescue, some bluegrass and white clover. C. Mostly bluegrass and white clover, a little fescue. D. White clover, ladino, ryegrass, and an especially early kind of volunteer bluegrass. This is my richest field, and I expect to experiment here with more interseedings of red and improved white clovers. Not so incidentally, the sheep began grazing this paddock on March  this year, ten days before our pasture season usually begins. E. The creek pasture is all wild plants and grasses, along with brush that the animals like to browse.

The first few times I saw cattle grazing in January, I would stop my car along the road and just stare. I felt as if I were looking at something full of implications for agriculture that were not yet fully understood. But I was so beaten down with failure and lack of money that I did not trust my judgment and had no esteem for my ideas. Once more I just filed away the scenes of those lovely winter fields of grazing animals. Someday. Someday. It took me twenty years to claw my way to the ownership of thirty-two acres in home country.

But here was a multimillionaire who had known the derision of the business world when he started selling sausage store to store telling me that what I was saying needed to be read by young commercial farmers everywhere. And, he growled, why the hell didn’t I criticize Ohio State scientists even more than I did for dragging their feet on grass farming. He told me to come to see him. ) So I went to southern Ohio and met this most delightful man, shrewd, practical, gruff, impatient with stupidity, a keen mind that could spot a faker three libraries away.

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