The Meat Industry and Ideas for What We Can Do About It

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Some practical ideas about the meat industry Spacious chicken houses — a stark minority (Photo by David Ashwanden) In many countries, the state of the meat industry is fairly well publicised: poor conditions for animals (see for example 1, 2), strange and unnatural foods and medicines getting into our food chain (see for example 3;… Read more »

The Pig Farmer

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One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman — and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have… Read more »

Building the Chicken Tractor on Steroids

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Trailer only — watch full video here! "Who can weld?" Geoff asks. Keen to impress, my hand goes up. “I will see you at the shed after dinner tonight then”, a twinkle of excitement in his eye. This is the story of the chicken tractor on steroids from concept to birth.

Keeping Chickens

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The scientific name for chickens is Gallus domesticus for domesticated chickens. Domesticated chickens have been bred by humans from Asian jungle fowls. The chicken is the closest living relative to the great Tyrannosaurus rex. In a Permaculture environment all animals are important, but by breeding smaller animals you will receive more benefits than breeding larger… Read more »

Advanced Cell Grazing with Geoff Lawton

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Trailer only – watch full video here! Last year on Permaculture News there was an excellent article on Advanced Cell Grazing by Nick Burtner who documents the circular cattle lane-way on Geoff Lawton’s 66 acre Zaytuna Farm. Geoff devised a system of easy to install temporary electric-fenced cattle lane-ways that lead to over 38 grazing… Read more »

Biological Carpeting

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Biological Carpeting is a method introduced to us by Rodger Savory of Savory Grassland Management. Rodger is the son of Holistic Management founder Allan Savory and managed the African Centre for Holistic Management’s research station at Dimbangombe, Zimbabwe for six years. At our home and training site, Rosella Waters on the Atherton Tablelands in northern… Read more »

The Royal Buffalo Bank – Promoting Animal Traction

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Water Buffalo have been a community staple throughout Southeast Asia for centuries, especially in Thailand where the largest agricultural export is rice. Not only are buffaloes used as animal traction, but they also provide sources of food, such as meat and milk, as well as producing copious amounts of dung which is used as fertilizer… Read more »

Goat Observations: Herding Loose Goats

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All photos by David Ashwanden Animal attention When interacting with any animal it is important to develop a certain kind of presence, or focus; and goats are no exception. Having also worked with chickens, dogs, donkeys, horses, pigs, rabbits and sheep I have noticed that the same techniques are necessary to deal with all; although… Read more »