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Soil Fertility and Animal Health, W. A. Albrecht

posted 9 Oct 2011, 22:09 by Taiss Q   [ updated 22 Feb 2012, 13:07 ]

Author: Dr. William. A. Albrecht
Publisher: Fred Hahne Printing Company (1958)
Other Titles: Too numerous to list - see wikipedia listing

This material first published 



in serial

 form and was titled: "Soils, Nutrition and Animal Health" in both the Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and in The Aberdeen-Angus Journal. It was later printed in manuscript format in 1958 and 

and was once-again later posthumously printed as: Soil Fertility & Animal Health (The Albrecht Papers, Vol II ) by Acres USA, Kansas City. 

Professor William Albrecht was a premier soil scientist and the Chairman for the Department of Soils in the University of Missouri. He was dismayed by the rapid chemicalization of farming that followed WWII and was exploring why animals in some areas did well while others did poorly. What he found was that poorly mineralized soils had a direct correlation to animal health.

This book is a well-organized explanation of the relationship between soil fertility, animal and human health. He shows why animal health (and ultimately human health) is based in the fertility of the soil and what farmers can do to improve soil quality, solving livestock disease problems in the process  were the root of many diseases in animals, including humans. 

When I first read Albrecht, it was like being shown the world of soil all over again.

The entire basis of the works are based on tests were initially done on soils that consistently grew the highest quality crop yields and it was found that these soils all had a similar chemistry. Very definite levels were also established for N, P, K, S and the trace elements. Further testing revealed that agricultural crops and high production pastures grow best within the range of soil chemistry documented and that it seemed no coincidence that these same ratios were required for the health of the plants and the animals that ate them. 

Throughout his career, Albrecht proved, again and again, that a balanced approach to soil chemistry is the key to successful plant growth and that when this occurs soil pH, aeration, drainage, structure and beneficial soil biology also improved. His experiments included growing crops with varying degrees of minerals to determine the impact of too little and too much of any element. 

The Albrecht concept is very simple in its basic logic - if we can balance our soil chemistry including the trace elements, improved productivity and plant and animal health as a natural outcome.

I am currently re-reading this, and everytime I do, I get something new from it.


1958 Edition: OUT OF PRINT 
Available as a download as a single PDF file (6.5 mb) via the Soil and Health Library who offer a wonderful service and I financially support to continue their operations. 

Albrecht Papers, Vol II 

Edition: Available via: Book Depository | ACRES USA | ACRES Australia