Journal article

Comparing irrigated biodynamic and conventionally managed dairy farms. 1. Soil and pasture properties

LL Burkitt, DR Small, JW McDonald, WJ Wales, ML Jenkin

Animal Production Science | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

Ten paired irrigated dairy farms under biodynamic (BD) and conventional (CV) management were compared over a 4-year period (1991–94). The paired farms were located in the irrigation districts of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales and were matched for soil type, climate, cattle breed and farm area. Farms had been practising BD principles for an average of 16 years before the commencement of the study and had not received phosphorus (P) fertiliser for an average of 17 years. The effects of farm management on soil chemical and biological properties and the nutritive properties and botanical composition of pasture were examined at varying sampling times during the study. Soil Olsen e..

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