Regenerative Cattle Farming using Biological Fertilisers
Regenerative farming practices have gained significant attention in recent years, with a focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural methods. In the realm of cattle farming, regenerative practices aim to improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and reduce the reliance on synthetic inputs. One key component of regenerative cattle farming is the use of liquid biological fertilisers.
Nutrient Density On The Menu
Biological fertilisers, also known as organic fertilisers or biofertilisers, are derived from natural sources such as seaweed (kelp) and fish. These fertilisers contain beneficial microorganisms that enhance soil fertility and nutrient availability for plants. In the context of cattle farming, liquid biological fertilisers can be used to enrich pastures and improve grazing conditions for both dairy and beef cattle.
Liquid Biological Fertiliser Advantages
The use of liquid biological fertilisers in regenerative cattle farming offers several advantages. Firstly, these fertilisers promote soil health by increasing organic matter content and improving soil structure. This leads to better water retention capacity and reduces erosion risks. Secondly, biological fertilisers contribute to the overall biodiversity on farms by supporting a diverse range of beneficial microorganisms in the soil ecosystem.
Furthermore, using biological fertilisers can enhance nutrient cycling within the farm system. The nutrients released from these liquid fertilisers are slowly released over time through microbial activity, ensuring a steady supply for plant growth without excessive leaching or runoff into water bodies.
In summary, incorporating biological fertilisers into regenerative cattle farming practices provides an eco-friendly approach that supports sustainable agriculture. By improving soil health, promoting biodiversity, and enhancing nutrient cycling, farmers can create healthier grazing environments for their cattle while minimizing negative environmental impacts associated with conventional synthetic inputs.
Pasture Management Methods
Pasture Cropping was first developed by NSW Australian sheep farmer Colin Seis. The primary principal of pasture cropping is to have 100% ground cover 100% of the time, to ensure photosynthesis and biological activity in the soil. Pasture cropping plants cereal crops like oats and barley into perennial pasture rather than rotated fields. And, it does not require the killing off of cover crops or tilling, but instead the perennial pasture becomes the cover crop.
Biological Fertilisers are highly effective in the earlier parts of the plant growth cycle, and can fast-track the seeds strike rate and growth rate. Liquid Biological Fertilisers can also greatly enhance the biology in the soil, which helps to produce forage with a higher nutrient density, that has less susceptibility to disease.
Formulated to supply broad spectrum minerals and trace elements, SONIC Liquid Seaweed Biological Fertiliser is activated with beneficial soil microbes. Liquid Seaweed stimulates microbe and worm activity in the soil, enabling plants to have better access to organic nutrients.
SONIC Liquid Fish Hydrolysate Fertiliser is cold processed which means the amino chains remain intact, and all the minerals and trace elements become bio-available and easy for plants to uptake.
Probiotic Mineral Feed Supplements for Cattle
Minerals are needed year round by cattle for optimum production, health and fertility. Supplementing cattle with broad spectrum minerals can help stimulate metabolism and feed efficiency, which can assist health and body condition.
Containing organic Seaweed Kelp, SONIC Probiotic Liquid Seaweed has been activated with natural probiotic cultures. The full spectrum of minerals and trace elements in Seaweed, optimise mineral nutrition, and the natural probiotics optimise digestion. Good functioning digestion leads to increased nutrient absorption and better feed conversions.
Probiotic Mineral Feed Supplements for Calves
Natural Liquid Probiotics can be administered to calves from as early as day one, and has been shown to promote optimal maturation of the rumen microbiota, as well as increasing digestion safety at weaning, and reducing the risk of pathogen colonisation.
In young pre-ruminants, bacterial probiotics such as lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus spp., Bifidobacterium spp., Enterococcus spp., Propionibacterium spp.) or Bacillusspores generally target the small intestine, as the rumen is not yet developed, and they represent an interesting means to stabilise the gut microbiota and limit the risk of pathogen colonisation. However, live yeast distributed from the first days after birth have been reported to favour microbial colonisation and the set-up of fermentative capacities in the rumen.
– ‘Beneficial Microbes’ by Chaucheyras-Durand and Fonty, 2002. Download Article.
How to Use SONIC Probiotic Liquid Seaweed Supplements for Cattle
Use regularly or at times of the year when feed quality is poor, or there are higher demands on the animal such as calving and weaning.
SONIC Liquid Seaweed can be added to feed or water, or administered undiluted as a drench.
It can also be used as an inoculant on hay, sprayed over pastures or may be used through an automatic dispensing system that dispenses the liquid directly into bails.
Cold fermentation takes seaweed’s full spectrum of minerals and trace elements to the next level. SONIC Seaweed Biological Fertiliser delivers bio-available minerals activated with beneficial microbes, providing the ultimate soil mineraliser, conditioner and fertiliser.
Naturally cold processed, capturing important amino chains, SONIC Fish Hydrolysate provides a rich liquid concentrate containing organic minerals, trace elements, protein and oils. Vastly improves soil structure. Stimulates beneficial soil microbes and desirable fungi.
Seaweed offers an unrivalled multi-supplement, containing chelated organic minerals, trace elements, vitamins and amino acids. Cold processed, using natural probiotic cultures, SONIC Liquid Seaweed for Livestock is tasty and easy for animals to digest.