Frank Rowson, a veterinarian for 50 years, is a farm performance consultant for soil herbage, animals and humans.
Growing reliance on supplementary feeds
Because chemical farming is reducing the ability to grow quality feed and the ability to withstand the increasing number of droughts, there is growing reliance on imported feeds to supplement the diets of our farm animals, mainly dairy cattle.
Typically these feeds consist of or include PKE (palm kernel expeller), canola, cottonseed, soy, maize and DDG (dried distillers’ grains, from maize).
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As Puanga and the Matariki star cluster reappear in our midwinter sky, heralding the start of a new year in Aotearoa, we talk to a healer, a politician, a biodynamic farmer and two organic growers about what Matariki means to them and how they’re choosing to celebrate it.
Gretta Carney, owner of Hapī Ora organic café and māra in Ahuriri–Napier, talks about kai as medicine, the quantum science behind biodynamics, homeopathy and Hua Parakore – and shares some favourite kūmara recipes.