The Grieving of E17

I witnessed the most amazing thing at Rustenberg yesterday evening. I had got a phone call in the early morning to say there was a dead calf. By the time I got there to move them to their new camp, more luscious grass that the Barlow family kindly let us graze, I could immediately see who the mother was.

 

E17 is a Simbra cow who arrived, in calf, from Standerton last month. She was terribly distressed. Frantically walking around and continuously coming back to the calf of Ohbella that was born the day before.

 

What seemed to be happening to me was that Ohbella was happy for E17 to give attention to this new born calf as a way to ease her pain. Normally a mother of a day old calf does not allow anyone, human or animal, near her calf. However it seemed that Ohbella realized E17’s pain and so let her attend to the new born calf.

 

E17’s calf was a big one and it appears that she took too long to give birth and so he was stillborn.

What was used to blow up the Norwegian Prime Minister’s Office?

In a handful of healthy soil there are more micro organisms than there are humans on earth.

In case you did not read that here it is again; In a handful of healthy soil there are more micro organisms than there are humans on earth.

I would highly recommend reading this book that gives an excellent insight into these micro organisms. Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis.

Organic and biodynamic farmers feed these microbes through compost, compost extracts, crop rotation and high density grazing.

Conventional farmers use conventional fertilizers to “feed” their plants, 6 tons of which was used in July 2011 to blow up the Norwegian Prime Minister’s Office.

Soil microbes can be exploded too.

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