An excerpt from Acorn Dairies, Darlington:
Farming that’s in harmony with the natural environment:
We are often asked why our organic dairy products taste so good. And the answer is always the same… We are passionate about our cows; we care about how we treat them and we feed them with top quality grass and silage. We care for the environment too by generating our own green electricity and we have set aside an area of the farm that’s a haven for wildlife in all its forms. We also operate a 12 mile hedge improvement plan and following an RSPB survey we know our farm provides habitat for over 80 species of bird.
The result…. Farming that’s in harmony with the natural environment means you get top quality organic milk with the best possible taste.
How can we grow healthy crops and animals without the use of chemicals?
How we improve soil fertility naturally:
Rather than using chemical-based fertilisers, we improve soil fertility naturally by growing deep-rooting legumes (red clover and beans) and recycling farmyard manure as compost. The legumes maintain a well aerated, free draining soil structure through their rooting system. They also provide a natural fertiliser by fixing nitrogen from the air in a form other plants can use.
Compost is produced by mixing air with farmyard manure through a muck spreader two to three times during the cycle. This allows the farmyard manure to heat up, killing off any weed seeds and potentially harmful bacteria. The compost is spread on the fields largely during the spring and summer.
The benefits of an integrated approach to organic farming:
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