Photo courtesy of Grond Tot Mond

An eco-friendly approach to farming

The rotationally grazed Jersey herd spends each day on green pastures, which are precisely managed, beginning with the gentle nurturing of the biological life in the soil. No artificial fertilizers, insecticides or weed killers are used to boost these pastures.

Rob Visser, second generation farmer, is passionate about his stud Jersey herd, and has an eco-friendly approach to farming. Dalewood has embarked on a new journey inspired largely by Dr Christine Jones, a soil ecologist from Australia.

“To the pressing worldwide challenge of restoring topsoil, soil ecologist Dr. Christine Jones offers an accessible, inspiring perspective. Over several decades, Christine has worked with innovative farmers and ranchers implementing regenerative land management practices that enhance biodiversity, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, productivity, water quality and community and catchment health”.

Dr Jones presented a paper at a conference early in 2019 called “No-Till on the Plains” It all starts with: No tilling of the soil – no mechanical intervention · Lots of diversity of plants & photosynthesis · Lots of insects, spiders, fungi which support life and give biological function to soil · Living roots = green leaves = microbial activity.

In 2019 Dalewood planted fourteen pasture species; a variety of Cocksfoot grasses, six clover species, Vetch (a multi-purpose crop), Serradella (a winter-growing annual pasture legume), lucerne and a selection of wild turnips and radishes.

Plants MAKE soil, GROW soil and MAINTAIN soil