Gee whiz one day away and sooo much...
Heidi, some people from an MO in Nimbin on the course were actually looking at the chooks in the paddock and talking about it. Mind you they don't have cattle themselves but have some adjisted (hmmm spelling) and were talking one chook per cow... but my thought is that you'd need a lot more chooks and to keep them in a moving cage so they didn't dust bath too much or scratch up what you don't want them to... my question to them (they were just going to put the chooks in a paddock) was how do they chooks if free know they're only to go through that paddock.
They do get into the dung, well ours do and it's a bit of a pest when it's the alpaca poo pile, makes a right mess of it. I've seen a place in the US that had great success with it but I'm not sure that it's less work to put the trailer on the tractor/ride-on or something and just pick up the poo?? Kids are great poo collectors if they think they can bag on sell some.
Now I wish I had kids.
Well said Heidi
...but the gist is that a livestock will preferentially graze the land. If you restrict where they can graze, they must graze the area uniformly, not just the really good bits. This means that the diversity of species is maintained, and the not so good bits (that won't get grazed if they are not "forced" to) go to seed and proliferate, whereas you're "good" species, get overgrazed, and don't spread at all, and actually decline.
exactly... and overgrazing is to be watch, it takes far longer the pasture to recover and you get LOTS of weeds... from experience, when DH kept insisting our initial alpaca paddock wasn't overgrazed.
Hayley, we have four strand (top and bottom plain and two middle barb) with electric wire on outriggers for our boundry fence and then internally for paddocks (the same on our small acres) internally two strand electric wire. As Heidi said with cutting those paddocks into strips we use 'push in' posts and electric string and just use the one strand. Once they're used to electric they usually think twice about pushing a fence, especially in the wet weather.
I would like to forgo the barb but we have cattle on our road (grid road) and it's best to keep them out. I think in the US for instance and possibly UK (?) they no longer use barbwire because of injury, hideous stuff I reckon and when it's old and rusted a (B swear word ) scourge! IMO
Kathleen, how lucky was that to get a soil workshop in your area, I can't wait to hear all about it. We're still rabbiting on about the one we went on and both say it was well and truly worth it.