Re: [fukuoka_farming] Animals in the landscape
My soil is heavy clay with about 3 inches of top soil now, none when I
bought 15 years ago. Our rain fall average is around 45 inches a year,
but we tend to get it all at once, so we are a mud pit, then none for
months. The worst I have seen was less than an inch in 16 months. We
have the low spot in the land scape, all our neighbors drain onto our
land. This is a problem we are working to block as they are all
chemical farmers. My cows are small, minatures they are called. I would
have trouble running 3 full size cows in the area I have 6 small ones.
The small cows don't cause the compaction of my soil like the full size
Dieter Brand wrote:
> Two questions: what is your soil like? what do you call drought?
> I ask because we are in a semi-arid climate with normally 6,
> sometimes 9 months, without rain. I have a neighbour who keeps
> cows on clay soil, 120 acres for 10 cows, but he still has to
> feed them dry stuff most of the year. About 10 miles towards the
> Ocean, a farmer from Germany keeps cows on sandy soil, that
> seems to work a lot better, but he does have irrigation means
> from an artificial lake.
> Dieter Brand