An­i­mal di­etary anal­y­sis

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The green bar down the cen­tre of this graph shows the daily an­i­mal re­quire­ments of each of the el­e­ments mea­sured. The only one I'm par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about is the ex­tremely low Sodium, but that's ex­plained in our pas­tures by the dom­i­nance of kikuyu (which does not take up Sodium). We pro­vide reg­u­lar ac­cess to salt blocks. Sodium is about the only thing a salt lick will pro­vide in suf­fi­cient quan­tity to ad­dress a de­fi­ciency.

Soil types can dif­fer within quite small dis­tances within the same pad­dock. I have not iden­ti­fied the clay type, but its colour and con­sis­tency changes here within a mat­ter of a few me­tres. The top­soil l evel is not very deep, but the colonis­ing grasses will be chang­ing the

na­ture of the soil and adding or­ganic mat­ter. Un­de­vel­oped soils at the back of our farm al­low re­gen­er­at­ing scrub to do well enough, but will take some care­ful work to

en­hance the soil's abil­ity to host de­cent pas­ture.

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