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Mixed Farming fact sheet

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There is a renewed interest in the value of livestock as a risk management tool in the wake of escalating crop input costs, climate variability and fluctuating commodity prices... Negative impacts of livestock on soil structure and surface cover must be balanced against consumer demands and constraints of no-till cropping, including weed control issues, lack of soil cover and disease... Integration of livestock in no-till systems - possible pros and cons advantages: non-chemical control of pests including herbicide-resistant weeds; increased biodiversity in plant and soil communities; higher soil organic carbon levels; more available nutrients (nitrogen); and use of excess crop residues and failed crops...
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