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Improving soil health to benefit plant and cattle health

Posted on April 23, 2019

We have recently embarked on a programme to increase the number of plant species in the pastures  at Te Mania Angus, Mortlake, in order to improve biodiversity.
We have sown annual ryegrass, chicory, tonic plantain, clovers: sub, white and strawberry into our established phalaris.
This increase in biodiversity leads to better soil structure, soil quality, water infiltration and retention, reduced weeds and produces healthier cattle.
One of the principles of regenerative agriculture, as explained by Resource Consulting Services (RCS) is maximising biological diversity.
Diversity is a major component of a resilient ecosystem. The higher the diversity, the better your land is able to withstand variations in climate and weather patterns. Diversity in plants refers to a wide range of types and species, for example annuals and perennials, grasses, legumes, shrubs, trees and herbs, plus diversity in the root shape and sizes.
The soil diversity that comes about as a result of plant diversity, includes fungi, bacteria, worms, beetles, vertebrates and invertebrates in the soil, leading to an increase in the amount of organic matter cycling.
Healthier soil, healthier plants, healthier cattle!
RCS run regular courses which deal in depth with every part of your life, production, ecosystem and business.  More information can be found at Grazing for Profit Schools.