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By Gene Logsdon

Amidst Mad Cow scares and patron matters 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 ordinary vitamin of farm animals, horses, and sheep, and are very important vitamins 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 cattle. Leafy pastures additionally carry the soil, foster biodiversity, and create attractive landscapes. Grass farming should be the answer for a under pressure agricultural method in response to an commercial version and propped up by means of federal subsidies.

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

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

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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. I have a theory that there are herbal benefits to these plants in terms of mineral supplements (especially selenium) and wormers.

Letters represent the permanent pastures and numbers represent the temporary ones (see diagram). A. Bluegrass, white clover, ryegrass, and fescue. 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.

Most important, we do nothing that any family of modest income can’t do. I speak to and for ordinary people doing what ordinary people can do with ordinary financial means. We have gotten to where we are today without high incomes, inherited money, grants, or pie-in-the-sky schemes for making a pile of money. If that were not so, I would feel, in writing this book, like an agricultural con man, of which there are already quite a few. I can’t tell you how to make money. No one can. Making money is an art and skill in itself and sometimes an obsession.

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