7. Peri-Urban Grass Farming With Dual Purpose Livestock

  • In this episode of The Grazing Grass podcast, Cal talks with John Lakey of Lakey Farm in Australia about converting CO2 into soil carbon by regenerative farming and their plans for the future. John runs an operation of sheep, goat and cattle on his farm in the volcanic plains on Melbourne’s outskirts.

    [02:31] – What is he producing on the farm
    [03:07] – Why does he milk Jersey cattle
    [04:26] – Doing ethical treatment of animals
    [04:44] – Milk once a day!
    [06:36] – The issue about grazing
    [08:04] – Kind of forage he has there
    [09:46] – The idea of Holistic grazing
    [11:10] – Doing management on grazing
    [12:12] – Moving away from fertilizer enhanced pasture growth
    [12:49] – The technique of keeping the protein still in the stem, not in the seeding
    [15:19] – Grazing the sheep, goat and cattle together
    [16:45] – Monitoring the performance of individual animal
    [18:41] – Electrifying plain wires
    [19:00] – Mesh fence for the sheep
    [20:44] – About dry sheep equivalent
    [21:06] – Running 600 DSE on 20 acres
    [22:52] – The midday soil
    [23:17] – Improving soil texture and increasing organic matter
    [26:20] – His favorite grazing grass related book
    [30:30] – Advice for new farmers
Books mentioned:
  • Dark Emu by
  • Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown
  • Holistic Management by
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