Mixed farming is an agrarian system that mixes arable farming with the raising of livestock. When on a farm along-with crop production, some other agriculture based practice like poultry, dairy farming or bee keeping etc is adopted, then this system of farming is know as mixed farming. It is the dominant system in Europe, where most farms have a mixture of fields and pastures.
For example, the same farm may grow cereal crops, and keep cattle, sheep, pigs or poultry.
Mixed farming is growing two or more diverse crops on the same piece of land. It is also referred to as inter-cropping or co-cultivation. It helps in balancing of soil nutrients, keeping down weeds and curbing plant diseases. In mixed farming, along with farming some other agriculture based practices are also carried out.
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