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Livestock as a Tool: Improving Soil Health, Boosting Crops
Integrating livestock with crops is an age-old practice. Unfortunately, in the past 70 years, as farming has become much more specialized, livestock’s place in crop production has been reduced and even eliminated by the ready use of synthetic fertilizers. However, current research and practice in soil health has reaffirmed the strategic importance of livestock as a means of cycling nutrients, feeding soil microorganisms, and improving the aggregation and structure of soils. This, in turn, leads to more vibrant crops with less production inputs