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  • All About Soils – Part 2 Soil Food Web

    Soils are complex mixtures of minerals, water, air, organic matter, and numerous micro and macro-organisms that are the decaying remains of once-living things. It forms at the surface of land – it is the “skin of the earth.” Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life

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  • All about soils – Part 1

    In this brand new Equine Permaculture series, we will ‘dig deeper into soils’ and explore what soils are, how soil is formed, the different types of soil and how they sustain life through the soil-food-web. Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of soil tests, in the lab and DIY, interpreting

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  • Benefits of dung beetles on horse properties

    Dung beetles in Australia Australia has more than 500 species of native dung beetles and 23 species of dung beetles introduced from Hawaii, Africa and southern Europe. The introduced dung beetles are very useful in Australia’s agricultural regions. Where they are well established, these dung beetles bury large volumes of

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  • Amazing facts about dung beetles

    Adapted from the article by Marcus Byrne Professor of Zoology and Entomology, University of the Witwatersrand Dung beetles are very cool creatures! They eat your horse or cow poo (how fantastic!), decompact soil and increase the availability of nutrients (and water)! Dung beetle behaviour has fascinated humans for thousands of

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  • 8 ways to manage run-off and control erosion on horse properties

    Original article by Dr. Mariette van den Berg, published in the Horses and People Magazine (November 2016). Cover photo by Linda Zupanc. When it comes to horse property layout, it pays to consider the permaculture design approach because it aims to build systems that are easier to manage, more efficient

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