This Angus has only ever had grass and finished on mob grazing. Things don’t happen over night but they are starting. Low input equals #regenerativeagriculture
- this is the future my friends.
Nigerians: The Costs of
Rearing a Chicken in 2018
Based on 2018 market prices in Nigeria:
To rear a broiler and sell at 5 weeks, costs about N450.00
The selling price is N700.00 to N750.00
The expected profit is N250.00 to N300.00
To rear a #broiler
to full maturity age 12 weeks,
costs about N2500.00
The selling price is N3500.00 and above.
The expected profit is N1000.00 minimum but also depends on the season.
prices and profit margins are higher
To rear a layers #chicken
from day old to #egg
laying maturity at 20 weeks, costs about N1500.00
Where you have 1000 layers chickens, the costs would be N1.5 million
Where you have 90% egg production, you
have 900 eggs per day or 30 crates.
Where you have consistent production for 12
months, your expectation would be 30 crates x 30 days x 12 months and that is 10,800
crates of eggs produced in one year.
If a crate of eggs is sold on the farm for
N700.00, then the revenue from egg sales
would be N7,560,000.00
The prices and estimates given above are realistic and are not fantastic figures or hyped.
Take note that the layer chicken can produce
eggs for up to 18 months but 12 months was
used for consistent production.
Then, you have to consider the costs of feeding the chickens, medication,staff wages
and other farm overheads to work out the net
profit for the year.
You have to make allowance for mortality at
8% of the chicken stock per year. 8% is the acceptable maximum mortality rate if the farm is operated under excellent conditions and running smoothly. 🌱 Brought to you by:
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So I know we’ve been bombarding you with lots of no-till stuff lately and, sorry, that’s not really going to change BUT we (along with our buddies @stonehousemarketfarm
) are starting a site dedicated to aggregating all of the available #notillmarketgardening
information on the internet into one spot called notillgrowers.com. So if you want updates on that, or you’re interested in going no-till or starting a low or no-till farm, please follow us @notillgrowers
or check out the splash page of the website and leave your email! Also you’re awesome. That’s a fact.
Purple beans, chard, zucchini, cucumber, asparagus, carrots, beetroot, shallots, rocket, watermelon radish, chillies ... this weeks $30 veggie box. Pick up Brisbane and Sunshine Coast. Email email@example.com
to secure yours for next week #biointensive #weonlysellwhatwegrow #regenerativeagriculture #thefallsfarm #seasonal #fresh #local #summer #veggiebox #marketgarden
Little shoot, Big shoot! No time for bull shoot!
Me n Mr Bamboo (Durnford Dart) AKA my dad!
25 years on the property & the bamboo just keeps on keeping on, shoot after shoot!
Hard to believe this place used to be wide open spaces with the occasional tree.
The past 25 yrs have seen the planting of more native trees, fruit trees & of course bamboo- all of which provide habitat, food, increased soil health and a sanctuary for both people & animals alike.
A massive kudos to Mr Bamboo for kick starting the farm all those years ago and for his ongoing bamboo credentials.
Bamboo is on the blood!
Shou Sugi Ban work in progress. The team has already finished 1200 stakes!
Goodbye Martin! Love CERES...
Martin has been an integral part of our Habitat Team for 8 years. He started in the horticulture team as a volunteer but was quickly snapped up by the Habitat team when they observed his abilities in working with timber, masonry and steel... Martin is moving with his family to Gippsland to follow his dream of being a regenerative agriculturalist! Yay Martin!
#regenerativeagriculture #welovecommunity #CERESlovesMartin
There is nothing like the crisp sweetness of #carrots
that have felt a #coldsnap
People continue to ask us..how do you determine "good" compost from "bad"?
Very good question. 🧐
Understanding this TRULY is critical to avoid harming your soil. How should you go about determining good from bad?
The first thing (🤓 let’s get into it!) is to understand the feedstock of the compost. That will ultimately determine it's major nutrient profile.
Composted manure vs composted yard waste are two completely different products that should NOT be treated the same.
Also, be sure the feedstock is not a potential source of toxins - herbicide residual can essentially render the product biological useless and act as a perpetual antibiotic to your soil. Not good.
Next, it's important to know the water source used to create the compost. In the west, water often has high alkalinity or high salts that adsorb to the compost and change the nutrient profile dramatically and negatively.
If it passes those tests, get it actually tested! The biggest red flags are high sodium or super high potassium. High potassium or sodium will throw your soil out of whack VERY quickly. In fact, if the saturation of Na + K goes over 10% in your soil, you can pretty much expect a manganese deficiency.
Finally, one of the biggest benefits of compost is likely the biology! Compost acts as an incredible inoculant - bringing in loads of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and archaea. If you want to get really nerdy, use a microscope or have your compost checked for it's biological characteristics.
Hint: fungal compost is usually WAY more valuable for your soil. But making it takes patience and diligence.
Feedstock + Water + Nutrition + Biology = Good compost vs bad
Do you want to hear something marvelously crazy and beautiful? The previous owner of our house was a gardener. The house was sitting vacant for about 20 years before we bought it but I could tell the person was a gardener. There were overgrown nonproductive mulberry trees in the back yard. There was a small fenced in area in the back that appeared to be an abandoned garden too. But nothing but “weeds” were producing. Since we’ve been practicing regenerative agriculture -no tilling, no synthetic fertilizers, feeding the soil, feeding the microbes- the land is coming back to life. The previous owner’s mulberry bushes are producing now, tulips have popped up in the back yard, their walking Egyptian onions have sprouted. I even found salsify in the front yard. Today I noticed what I THOUGHT were Chinese Lanterns growing in our front yard food/medicinal garden. Guess what. They’re ground cherries!! Amazing!!! THAT’s why that rabbit that kept coming to our garden never ate anything I planted. It just stayed near the area where the ground cherries were growing. 💕💕💕 “Anything dead coming back to life hurts,” Toni Morrison * I just found out groundcherries ARE a type of Chinese Lantern. I’m happy nonetheless.
#regenerativeagriculture #growfoodnotlawns #urbanhomestead #urbanhomesteading #garyindiana #urbangarden #urbangardening #permaculture #tonimorrison #feedthemicrobes #paradisegarden #paradisegardens #probioticagriculture #probioticgardening
Is chocolate worth dealing with irritating, biting flies, aka no-see-ems?
The chocolate midge is the only pollinator of the cacao plant, it unfortunately has that other habit... practicing invisibility and biting humans to within inches of psychological breaks...
So again I ask, is chocolate worth it?
With nearly 30 years of experience and literally thousands of farm plans under his belt, Darren J. Doherty comes to the Northern Rivers to hold the "Forestry in Practice" workshop (follow link in our bio to book your ticket). Participants will have a chance to learn from Darren (@regrarians
), a Keyline Farm Planning advocate and expert, in a site that integrates keyline to successional agroforestry (aka Syntropic Farming). The integration of forestry systems restore biodiversity, soil life and water cycles. Farms that have integrated trees to 20 to 40% of their areas hugely increase the productivity of existing systems while also creating new alternative enterprises.
This course equips farmers to holistically integrate trees in their landscapes and businesses. The workshop will run on the 9th and 10th of February (2019) at the Holos Regenerative Design learning site in Brunswick Heads, northern NSW.
The integration of forestry systems using Keyline® restore soil fertility, prevent erosion and drought proof properties with minimal use of external resources. The Keyline® Scale of Permanence (KSOP) is a concept created by the late Australian inventor and farmer, P. A. Yeomans to plan and manage thriving rural properties.
Oversimplifying farming landscapes to produce according to the current conventional agriculture increase problems with weeds and pests, and external input dependency. Understanding the functions of flora, fauna and fungi in forestry systems, as well as of ecological succession, on the other hand, empower farmers to plan their properties in tune with nature. This approach is not only ecologically sound and healthier, but it is also more self-reliant and profitable.
The workshop will take place over 8 classes in 2 days (more information on the link provided on our bio).
#successionalagroforestry #5forestry #forestryinpractice #trees #regenerativeagriculture
Kaiman Jerky - full of protein. Shop link in bio.
The no-till Brussels sprouts this year. So, why no-till? Foregoing mechanized tilling, harrowing, discing and other forms of soil inverting practices, a grower can harness the forces of biology to aid in productive crops while reducing labor, reducing pest pressures and diseases, conserving resources and minimalizing environmental degradation. Notill farming sequesters carbon in the soil and keeps it there in the form of root biomass, by avoiding its rerelease into the atmosphere through tilling. Notill farming allows a grower to optimalize soil health and productivity while capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, hence very possibly mitigating climate change if done on a large scale (in this case the creation of numerous small, human scale farms). Additionally, tractors are rendered unnecessary except for maybe transporting biomass around. This is an enormously effective way to reduce /negate dependence on fossil fuels, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Crops grown in thriving, biodiverse soils are more nutrients dense, and therefor more nourishing for us. Brix is a powerful tool to demonstrate the nutritional quality and health of foods grown in notill soils. In fact, the difference of notill soils versus tilled soils can be seen not only in plant health but under a microscope. Will elaborate more on this later 🤓. #notill #notillfarming #notillgardening #soillife #soilfoodweb #biodiversity #brix #entropyreduction #fertilitymanagement #humanscalefarming #nobiocides #regenerativeagriculture #organic #beyondorganic #humanscalefarming #smallscalefarming #permaculture #permaculturedesign #permaculturefarm #broadfork #carbonsequestering
As the end of the year is approaching, are you thinking to yourself you want to get organised and save yourself time, money and extra work in 2019? Ben Hartman’s offers great insights and methods in his book ‘Lean Farm’. Reading this book will be one of the best investments you make in 2019. In fact, at Mazi, we try and apply lean thinking to every area of our work. It makes our lives easier and everyone working on the farm truly appreciates the improvements in work flow and productivity!
If you haven’t already - please support this fab project! Go to link in @woodstockflour
bio 🙏🏻💥🔥 #Repost @woodstockflour
Only one week left to pledge your support for this amazing book! 👍 @ausfoodsov
is running a crowdfunding campaign to publish ‘Farming Democracy: The True Cost of Farming’ which features the stories of 8 Australian regenerative farmers (including us!), looking at the true work, rewards and cost of farming. It’s going to be a great read that will transform the way you look at food and the people behind it 👩🏾🌾👨🏼🌾. If you pledge just $20 you’ll get the e-book version and $45 will get you a hard copy 📖 Even better, $145 will get you the book and a ticket to Farm Day Out Music Festival in feb! 🕺🏼Get around it people!! Link in profile #farmingdemocracy #foodsovereignty #regenerativeagriculture
Over the next couple weeks our small team are going to be incredibly busy cutting, wrapping, boxing and delivering all your wonderful festive feasts. We are so excited to create a whole host of magical meals for you and your loved ones to cherish over the festive season. There is a lot to do, but we are lucky to have a wonderful team of passionate and talented people. It’s amazing what a small team can do ✨
We want to say a huge thank you. Thank you to all of our lovely customers who have chosen to shop with us this year. It means a great deal to the many small farms we work with, who along with our team work very hard to put the finest, wholesome and nutritious food on your plates. We are now almost full for Christmas orders, we’re doing our best to eek out the last few delivery slots, but due to such a huge demand again this year, we will be closing a bit early.
. Can we save the world with livestock? Yes – says Allan Savory.
This is not a doomsday talk, but one that provides hope for the future! We invite you all to watch this inspiring and humble TED talk by Allan Savoury, who shares the very same obsession as us: stopping #desertification
Allan Savoury made important breakthroughs in understanding the degradation of grassland ecosystems – a long-ignored component of earth's lungs. In the 1960's he observed how elephants moved across the savannah in large, tightly packed groups that didn't return to the same grass until it had fully recuperated. From this he invited the systems thinking approach 'Holistic Managment', a way to manage animals that mimic their natural behaviors, helping degraded ecosystems regenerate due to the beneficial impact of animals on the land. Today Holistic Management is proposed as a value-based decision-making framework that integrates all aspects of planning for social, economic, and environmental considerations.
What is your take on it? Have you seen Holistic Management being used and creating outstanding results? 👇