Regenerative Farming Benefits

Regenerative Farming

-Holistic Management

-Crop Rotation

-Livestock Rotation

-Increasing Bio-Diversity

-Reduced Soil Disturbance

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-Holistic management - such as leaving longer rest periods for grass to grow between grazing, This means more time for growth of the grass, this allows larger root systems for more carbon matter stored in the soil. Grazing too often may lead to stunting grass growth, effectively making the plant too stressed before it continues to grow. 


- Use of crop and livestock rotation can stop disease setting in where similar crops are planted year after year, a process called mono-cropping, or parasites that only affect sheep which can be rotated with cows not affected by the same parasite.


-Increasing diversity in the land to work with nature and farm livestock on a low input system. A variation of plants and more plants = healthier soil, more pollinators and a variety of food for different livestock allowing easier rotation.

-Reducing Soil disturbance such as the reduction in ploughing for sowing crops, having excessive upturned soil can lead to rain running along the exposed soil surfaces causing nutrient run off. Not only avoiding upturning soil, but excessive compaction on the soil can be negative as well. Root growth is reduced under compacted soils, minimising uses of heavy machinery can be positive to the land.

 

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Herbal Leys (pictured at Horner Farm), a mixture of plants such as clover dandelion, plantain and chicory offer livestock a wider nutritional diet creating healthier and tastier beef to enjoy all while encouraging more diversity in the land.