Turning urine into solid fertiliser

could make farming more sustainable It is likely that most of the food you will eat today was not farmed sustainably. The global system of food production is the largest human influence on the planet’s natural cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus. How much crops can grow is limited by the amount of these two elements in the soil,…

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Even your vet can make a mistake

Sadly, there are times when a vet will make a mistake. After all, vets are human beings. There may come a time when they make the wrong call, poorly manage a case, or overlook something important. These things, unfortunately, do happen. So, what can you do about it? We must understand that, like all of…

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To cull cows early or not?

There seems to be a common perception among some local dairy farmers that cows may be culled earlier than their expected production lifespan when using high genetic merit bulls. This implies that daughters from such bulls would in first lactation produce more milk than older cows. In some herds cows are therefore culled after they…

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Tunnel irrigation

Tunnel irrigation must be designed, managed, and maintained to provide the right amount of water at the right time for the crop to grow optimally. In most cases micro-irrigation (drippers or micro-sprayers) is used, and modern micro-irrigation has developed from a simple water source management system to a complex, knowledge-intensive management system that manipulates the…

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Why do I need a Greenhouse

The purpose of using greenhouses is to avoid the plant from excessive heat or cold and unwanted pests. Greenhouses are used to grow crops year-round, to increase production capacity, and to overcome seasonality in the production of certain crops. Crops grown in a greenhouse are normally healthy and of a good quality. A greenhouse creates…

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