ruminants play an important role in regenerative agriculture
We like to look at the big picture : the relationship between manure quality, soil life, feed quality and animal health.
Our approach is based on the following pillars, which are interconnected:
Kinsey-Albrecht soil analysis for correct liming and replenishment of trace elements. This is important to be able to reduce fertilizer, to provide soil life with the right home (air / water) and to increase the protein quality.
Improve slurry: keep poison out of the pit, feed it to a low urea, keep the pH of the slurry as close to 7 as possible, no lime, ... and of course revitalize slurry.
Fertilizer reduction: KAS we are happy to switch to a slow urea fertilizer with C chain and without nitrification inhibitor, we are looking for quality, rather low OEB than sky-high protein levels.
Stimulate soil life: compost, soil stimulators, spread fertilization, compost tea, seed coating with mycorrhizal mixes, stone meal, ...
Impact powder in the ration can in certain cases give a significant improvement. It captures mycotoxins, viruses and bacteria, heals wounds, buffers a bit and provides better resistance. We often see mortellaro and other problems fade away. The manure has a lower pH, a higher% organically bound N, has fewer emissions and demonstrably works better on the land. Incidentally, impact powder works excellently for piglets, at an additional cost of a few euros per ton of feed.
Vitalized drinking water for animals and humans: take the test with our plate and judge for yourself.
Photosynthesis tuning: Brix measurement and leaf sap analysis can be used to detect defects in the plant. A leaf juice analysis is more accurate than a soil sample. The correct adjustment can sometimes have significant effects in terms of growth and content. The great thing about this system is that better photosynthesis not only produces more and better feed, but also ensures more humus build-up. The effect thus extends beyond one cut.
Recycling Research VBBM - Peter Vanhoof
Commissioned by the VBBM (Association for the Conservation of Farmers and the Environment) Peter Vanhoof investigated nitrogen utilization in grass cultivation at different doses of slurry, and at the samen time compared injection VS above ground application.
It is clear that a lower dose of slurry , applied above ground, provides better soil life and a higher nitrogen utilization (more protein from the slurry can be found in the silage analyses)
Furthermore , a number of good/bad practices are discussed about lime and PH in the well, about molybddenum content and N-conversion.
Napagro is very pleased that we were able to sponsor this research.
We would like to present this study together with other studies at a seminar of dairy farmers.
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Lower costs due to a healthy biology
The regenerative approach by fellow combatant Peter Vanhoof in a beautiful video. It is impossible to seperate soil life from the other practices on the farm.
It is also increasingly difficult to run a profitable farm on soils without highly developed life. That is why the integrated approach is more succesfull; soil analyses, fertilization, plant nutrition, soil cultivation, rotation, green manure, roughage, vitalization, ... it depends on each other. And that does not only apply to a dairy farm.