One thing that bothers me is that too often people fill their land up with animals and soon all you see is bare land where the over populated land has been picked clean by the animals on it.
what about using a milk cow instead of a steer? stacking functions....
That would be rather hard on the poor animal, to raise a baby and be a beast of burden at the same time.
She might not live very long....
I think that if you want to raise ruminents in an eco friendly way that the only way to go is "[/b]NO GRAZING"[b]cut and carry. Ruminents destroy biodiversity on any land were they are grazed often.
John Polk wrote:
(I think it is "balance")
Throughout agricultural history, the oxen and water buffalo have been the dominant beasts of burden. The "acre" was established as the amount of land a man and his beast could plow in one day. Historically, a 1A plot would be (+/-) 440 x 100' which eliminated a lot of turning.
Allan Savory may have a point there but it does'nt change the fact that over grazing causes species loss and desertification. For example, in Puebla Mexico where I spend half the year we have a problem with introduced bramuda grass. This grass only becomes a problem when the land is over grazed or tilled. In areas with little or no grazing the grass can't out compete native grasses, but near towns it is choking out the growth of new trees and everything else. Next door they had a nice patch of mallow wich I wanted to get seeds from but due to over grasing the pach is now gone and no seeds were obtained.