Raw Milk for Pastures

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    Suzy_Bean Junior Member

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    Just read the article, "Raw Milk for Pastures" in Acres Magazine, Vol 40, No 5, and it was awesome! David Wetzel, of Nebraska uses 3 gallons of raw milk/acre of land. After doing a test comparing 45 days on treated vs untreated land, "16 plots were clipped and an extra 1,200 pounds of grass on a dry matter basis were shown to have grown on the treated versus non-treated land" (16). And the porosity of the soil doubled! It will also cause grasshoppers to disappear, feeds all the good microbes in the soil, and reduces sodium by half.
    I couldn't find an Acres copy of the article online, but this person posted it from another source on the permies website: https://www.permies.com/bb/index.php?topic=4291.0
    They do a better job describing the "why"s in the article.
     
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    What's he doing, spraying raw milk on his pasture? How often?
     
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    Thanks very much for posting this suzy ......... we have a glut of raw goats milk and really bad sandy soil .......... its exactly what we need
     
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    You're welcome frosty--glad it's helpful. And yes, pebble, he sprayed 3 gallons raw milk mixed with 17 gallons water per acre. He did that for a long time, and in recent years, he has added liquid molasses and fish to the mix, and spreads a bit of lime.
     
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    It is great in poly tunnels too as it also adds to fungal control. My excess goes into cheeses (direct nourishment) but well done.
     
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    You could sill use the whey, it may not be as effective, but i water my plants with whey whenever i have any and they love it.
     
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    thanks for the link suzy
     
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    You're very welcome
     

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