Summary In Fertility Pastures, Turner details his methods of intensive pasture-based production of beef and dairy cows in a practical guide to profitable, labor-saving livestock production. He developed a system of complex "herbal ley mixtures," or blends of pasture grasses and herbs, with each ingredient chosen to perform an essential function in providing a specific nutrient to the animal or enhancing the fertility of the soil. He explains his methods of cultivation, seeding and management. There are also chapters on year-round grazing, making silage for self-feeding, protein from forage crops and pastures for pigs and poultry. He also details the roles individual herbs play in the prevention and treatment of disease. Featuring a new foreword by Joel Salatin.
Copyright 1951, 2009, softcover, 195 pages.
Newman Turner was permaculture before permaculture was permaculture.
His other books are well worth reading as well. Even for those who don't raise livestock or manage pastures, the principles contained in Turner's books are eminently valuable. Be careful, though, lest you end up with a small herd of Jerseys.
That looks like a great read. Fits perfectly with how I am already looking at our pasture.
Thank you for the recommendation I will be reading it.
Location: Missouri Ozarks
posted 2 years ago
This book (and Turner's others) is currently $16 at Acres USA as part of their "Cabin Fever" sale.
Location: Southern Manitoba, Canada, Zone 3B
posted 2 years ago
Finished it. Very good read. Well worth it. Good explanation of why he did what he did and why you should think about it. I love that he gives very practical and useable information. This is not a fluff book like so many others, just talking about nice sounding ideas they promise will change your lives and the world. He is talking about simple and easy to follow actions that will have a direct Impact on your soil, forage, and livestock. He tells you what to do and why. He gives clear direction of what to use and how... exactly what I like.
Buy it and read it.
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