The Call For Multi-Animal Farming Operations
A diversity in animals is good for the agricultural industry!
An individual species on one farm works, but it is optimal? Many modern agricultural models point out an acceptance of it, but perhaps there is an alternative that speaks greater success to the animals and environment.
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Working With The Land
The evolution of what is essentially our food survival story is that we started as hunter-gatherers and our food came from the land and transitioned into an agrarian society where a community produces and maintains crops. The crops and animals were diverse with many species of both.
It’s only been within the last couple of centuries that we’ve transitioned to monocrop operations and a single-species of animals. In this progression, it has disrupted the natural synchrony of nature and disrupted the ecosystem. In it, the wake that is left is poor soil quality and an influx of greenhouse gasses.
This is not to fault the farming industry, as the rise of the Industrial Revolution brought consumers who were demanding more and more of farmers.In hindsight, we see the effects, and many farmers are changing their practices to help reshape our modern-day agricultural practices.
It’s about going back, incorporating a fully functioning farm that is complete with multi-species of crops and animals. They have found that this practice is not only successful and high yielding, but an efficient and healthy use of the land.
Each Animal Serves a Role
It’s not that having a variety of animals is nice to have and serves to diversify what you’re having for dinner, but each animal carries a role that helps balance the ecosystem and support our environment.
In a diverse farm, you will find an array of animals such as goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys.
What do they do?
Ruminants, such as cows or bison, enrich the topsoil by aerating it with their hooves. When they stomp the ground, they help deposit nutrients and fertilizer into the land. These animals are single-handedly responsible for the grasslands, and without them, regenerative agriculture would not survive.
Sheep and goats are also ruminants, but they are the weed-eaters and help to restore land that has been overcome by woodland or meddlesome vegetation, helping to restore pastures.
Chickens and turkeys also help reclaim the land by pecking, scratching, and scavenging animal droppings and insects. Not only does it sustain them, but it helps fertilize the land and keep parasites from affecting the crops.
Pigs root with their snouts, which helps clear land and till the soil — they are the heart of pasture maintenance.
Animals, when left in their natural habitats, work the land perfectly and create a space that is optimal for growing crops. And, because they all require different diets, they all graze on different parts of the land, and the maintenance cannot happen with animals that are in isolation as one species.
A farm with multi-species is also highly advantageous as well — the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and these relationships aids in pasture maintenance that can be managed solely through the animals and chemical sprays and antibiotic use either ceases or is very minimal.
While we’ve strayed a bit from multi-species farms, they’re beginning to make a resurgence in the farming industry because of how they lead to healthier soils and ecosystems, and are essentially a self-sustaining kind of farm.
Having many species of animals creates a dynamic relationship with the land and when a variety is present, it makes for the optimal pasture and soil to grow crops in.
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