Holistic Planned Grazing?
Holistic Planned Grazing
A form of regenerative agriculture described by Allan Savory that closely mimics what nature intended for large herds of grazing animals.
Herds graze and migrate over grasslands along with their predators creating soil disturbance (animal impact). These herds graze, defecate, and trample the land and then move on (rest). Grasslands depend on this organic biological decay to survive and without it, grasslands die and turn into desert. This symbiotic relationship between the moving herd of large grazing animals and the grasslands they call home builds healthy soil and deepens plant roots - but only when enough impact is created and then the land is allowed to rest. Overgrazing, undergrazing, and overresting are all problems that can happen if there are no large predators to move wild herds.
On our ranches humans mimic predators by moving the cattle between paddocks in such a manner that creates rest, allowing plants to regenerate deep roots before being grazed again. We practice low-stress livestock handling techniques utilizing solar-powered electric fence paddocks and the traditional cowboy (and cowgirls!) on horseback to move our herds.
The end result is a healthy ecosystem that integrates livestock, wildlife, plants, and humans.
Benefits Of Holistic Planned Grazing
· Mitigates fire and flood risk
· Increases biodiversity, nutrition and resiliency of plants & animals
· Increases wildlife habitat
· Restores the watershed & groundwater aquifers by increasing water penetration/retention in the soil.
· Increases organic matter which regenerates healthy soil
· Prevents soil erosion
· Prevents/reverses desertification of grasslands
· Fosters carbon sequestration
· Cleans our atmosphere and produces oxygen