The June 2020 Livestock issue is now available in print and digital forms. Here is a look at just some of what you will find inside, including features about grazing patterns, weaning young, biodynamic approaches and a resounding call to action by Ronnie Cummins:
Viking Sheep Invade Farm
BY ALLIE HYMAS
Icelandic sheep are a triple threat, producing quality fiber, milk and meat. And because they originate in one of the harshest environments in the world, they’re tough as nails.
A Time to Graze
BY SPENCER SMITH
In a Holistic Planned Grazing system, knowing the right time to give pastures a rest is crucial to creating a resilient ecosystem and nutritious forage for cattle.
When to Wean
BY MEG GRESKI
Wild mammals don’t have human managers to wean their young. For their species to survive through thousands of years, they have reached a balance between lactation, successful rebreeding and preserving body condition.
BY NICHKI CARANGELO
Rabbits adapt well to many different conditions on the farm. However, two systems stand out above the rest, which range from the orthodox to the downright zany.
BY LEIGH GLENN
A Virginia couple puts life back into the soil by utilizing biodynamic preparations on a diverse farm operation.
No-Till and Algae
BY WILLIAM McKIBBEN
Although no-till farming has many advantages, in some situation it could be contributing algae blooms in fresh-water lakes.
Food For All
BY ANNELIESE ABBOTT
Implicit in much of the “feeding the world” discourse were the assumptions that global food production needed to be increased at a faster rate than population growth, that science and technology were the keys to increasing production worldwide and that organic production wasn’t up to the task.
Interview: Ben Goldfarb
Science writer Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, which describes how this mammal plays a large role in restoring watersheds and wetlands, creating fertile ground, reducing flooding, enhancing biodiversity and filtering agricultural runoff.
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