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Fertility Pastures Paperback – January 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1601730114 ISBN-10: 160173011X Edition: 2nd

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About the Author

Frank Newman Turner was one of the founders of the modern environmental movement and published some of the first organic farming and gardening magazines. He founded The Farmer, the first organic quarterly magazine published and edited from the farm, became a founding council member of the Soil Association, the U.K.'s leading regulator of organic standards, and served as president of an early organic horticultural organization. As a farmer, he received numerous awards in animal breeding and horticulture. A true visionary, many of his agricultural innovations are only now being rediscovered by the new wave of organic farms and graziers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Acres U.S.A.; 2 edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160173011X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601730114
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin C. Michener on March 22, 2011
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F Newman Turner may be one of the most astute ecologists of the 20th century. He apparently never set out to qualify as such, only to provide healthy beef and dairy cattle with rich soils at a modest profit. But Turner could not reconcile the advice on animal husbandry he received, either from college-based agronomists, "the ministry" or from commercial agribusiness with his daily observations. We readers are the now beneficiaries of this frustration. He focused much of his attention on what "weeds" grew where, and how his cattle reacted to them, behaviorally and nutritionally. Refusing to submit to the idea of bad weeds, as his title implies, he asked the (even now) controversial questions: what is this herb doing here? How may it change the soil? How do my cows use it?

This book is the result of years of his stubborn success at turning conventional dairy farming practices upside down and converting poor soil into deeply productive land as a result. Fortunately, with commendable foresight, Acres, U.S.A. has reprinted this impressive and delightful book, which despite references to the ecology of the British Isles could still well serve as in-depth reading for any practical ecology course. The sustainability of his approach is only very recently becoming recognized by a few, small farm graziers, witness the forward to this new edition by Joel Salatin. Not limited in his inferences to a single college department, Turner's vision saw the causes and effects and explains it all. He did not suffer fools of any stripes gently, and connected causes and effects of successful farming.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CLIFF MCCONVILLE on December 2, 2012
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Even thought this book was written in the mid-1950's Newman Turner's ideas and experiments with pasture farming and animal health are in perfect alignment with today's organic, grass-fed farmers. He does a great job of explaining how many different grasses, legumes, herbs, and even pasture weeds contribute the the overall diet and nutrition of his cattle, and how different pasture forages will grow in various soil types. I have read many other books on pasture farming and this is my new favorite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Belschner on May 12, 2014
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This is one of my favourite books on Agriculture, first published in 1955. It was out-of-print for a while, but thankfully Acres USA has republished it.

I think this was the first book on farming that I ever read, back when I was 15 years old. A well-worn copy just happened to be on the shelf at my local library in Newcastle, Oklahoma. And boy, was I lucky! I didn't realise how profound Newman Turner was until I started reading other books on farming. Turner was an organic dairy farmer in the UK during the first half of the 20th century. His goal was long-term efficiency. Turner tested feeding his cows grain and no-grain, carefully kept track of input costs and production value, and concluded that no-grain was usually more profitable. He tested different breeds of dairy cows, and discovered that Jersey cows fed no-grain were the most profitable. Turner wanted to grow the tastiest, most useful pastures for his cows...so he asked the cows what they wanted! He planted sections of different herbs and grasses in his fields--a square of dandelion, a square of comphrey, one of clover, etc--and carefully observed which herbs and grasses his cows preferred throughout the year. He eventually developed different herb-grass-legume mixtures for planting: Turner's famous "Herbal Ley" seed mixes ('ley' is a British word for field or meadow). He developed simpler ways of making silage, better ways of grazing grass, etc. I love this guy---curious, hard-working, honest, innovative. He's one of my farming heroes.

Turner wrote a few books, all of which are being reprinted by Acres USA, but I believe Fertility Pastures has the most breadth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Stephen VINE VOICE on September 23, 2011
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another great book by newman turner. if you want fertile pastures without the chemicals get this book. shows how to keep a green and fertile pasture year round. for the organic person, this is a book to get
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By WALT on March 10, 2015
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Exactly the information I required....very helpful.
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