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Integrating animals into a farm helps create a closed or semi-closed system where energy and nutrients are recycled. Animals convert non-edible biomass (e.g. grass, straw, kitchen waste) into food, while significantly increasing soil fertility with their manure and constant scrapping and turning the soil in their search for food.

Many farm animals have a multi-functional role, such as:

  • Produce dung which is of great importance for soil fertility and healthy insect production,

  • Help in pest control (e.g. digging up the earth and eating the insects),

  • Yield products such as milk or eggs for sale or own consumption continuously,

  • Eat (Recycle) by-products such as straw or kitchen waste,

  • Serve as draught animals for tillage or transport,

  • Produce meat, hides, feathers, horns, etc.,

  • Have cultural or religious significance, and

  • Produce young stock for breeding or sale.

At Taaru Askan, our family of animals include dogs, cats, a cow, sheep, a goose, rabbits, chickens, ostriches, a donkey, and a horse. In addition, many varieties of birds come to the farm and cows walk by every day. You can also find pelicans and flamingos a short distance from the farm and a variety of extraordinary marine life, as we are a short distance from the beach.  Bordering our Farm is Ngazobil Preserve with over 600 hectares of wild forest filled with monkey, hyenas, wild boar and an amazing variety of birds and reptiles. 

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