Grain on the Brain
Grain on the Brain
Feb 16, 2021
Livestock Integration
Play • 1 hr 6 min


Our resource list this episode is directly from our guest Ward Middleton and includes the resources he has found helpful on his own farm.


For farmers who may be interested in integrating livestock that they do not own, like winter feeding someone else's cows and are concerned about cost effective ways to make that possible, here are some articles I used:  

Assessing Chaff Feed Value:


Value of using hay as a means of nutrient import as part of the "whole farm nutrient balance":


The Practical Farmers of Iowa:

Not necessarily organic, but another organization that puts the bests interests of farming and local community first.


Rodale Institute:

If you want to drill in, this is a page on their site that stirred me:


And lastly, the POGI Green Manure Manual: a plug for a resource that is near and dear to me, which i used to help assess the cost effectiveness (dollar wise and nutrient wise) whether it is better to graze off a green manure  / cover crop or to terminate it mechanically.  Here, it states (in 5.3.3) that losses can range between 5-16% when terminating a green manure.  And I have the fullest confidence in the people that put this manual together.

Guest bio for Ward Middleton

Ward and his wife Jo-Anne Middleton own and operate an organic farm in Sturgeon County Alberta.

In 1994, at his family’s invitation, Ward and his wife Jo-Anne took over the family farm by purchasing shares from his father and three siblings. After dabbling in various specialty crops, they chose organic production as the way forward. Today, Midmore Farms near Morinville, Alberta grows wheat, rye, oats, barley, flax, canola, peas, fava, alfalfa, sweet clover and some nutraceuticals (milk thistle and sea buckthorn). The couple also custom feed cattle and tend an 80-acre woodlot – a contribution to future generations that enhances biodiversity and is already a haven for wildlife.


Funding is provided in part by the Canada and Manitoba governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

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