Here you will find current studies on the topic of holistic planned grazing.
Regenerative agricultural practices, such as rotational grazing with longer rest periods, are intended to improve cropland soil health while profitably providing high quality agricultural products. The objective of this study was to determine the medium-term effects of regenerative grazing in the Basque Country of northern Spain on soil ecosystem services and to evaluate their synergies and trade-offs. Regenerative grazing produced 30% higher spring grass production and 3.6% higher topsoil carbon storage than conventional grazing. mehr
Regenerative pasture management is an agroecological approach to transforming modern agriculture. With a growing body of research, this approach is increasingly understood as a "win-win-win" for farmers, society and the environment. The paper aims to define regenerative grazing and its benefits, and to sharpen the focus on its rapid expansion. mehr
Holistic rangeland management is based on a proactive approach to managing complexity. Primarily associated with a livestock management approach, it has sparked long-standing and still unresolved debates in rangeland ecology and management. Less explored are the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of grazing management that may hold the key to successful ecological outcomes. This paper describes the key principles of holistic grazing management as developed by wildlife biologist Allan Savory and addresses the long-standing and unresolved controversy surrounding its legitimacy. mehr
The paper concludes that incorporating holistic decision-making into regenerative livestock practices leads to a range of environmental, economic and social benefits. Mitigation of climate change is only a "side effect". mehr
The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration as well as the accumulation of other greenhouse gases have led to a global mean temperature increase of 1°C. Among anthropogenic sources, historical land use and conversion of natural to agricultural ecosystems has been and continues to be an important source. The study shows: The adoption of conservation agriculture, agroforestry, the use of plant charcoal, and the integration of livestock are significant in the fight against climate change and for soil health. mehr
This study evaluates holistically planned grazing outcomes in the shortgrass prairie of the northern Great Plains of North America. Key ecosystem functions of multi-paddocks grazed by bison are compared to those on adjacent ranch paddocks grazed by cattle. Sites on adjacent ranches were paired for sampling by soil type and landscape position. In all paddocks, management practices had been constant for more than a decade. Positive outcomes of multi-paddock grazing include increased fine litter cover, improved water infiltration, two to three times available forage biomass, improved plant composition, decrease in invasive plants, and decrease in bare ground. mehr
Holistic Planned Grazing is expected to have long-term positive impacts on rangelands and improve ecosystem services. Given similar environmental templates but different management, vegetation monitoring and landscape function analysis showed that the pastureland of the Africa Center for Holistic Management in Dimbangombe had significantly better condition (composition, cover, yield, and soil health) than the neighboring pastureland of Sizinda and Monde counties. mehr
The paper is a literature review on the ecological impacts of grazing. The authors conclude that livestock are essential for sustainability and improvement of ecosystem services when properly managed. For example, holistic grazing management helps improve water infiltration, reduce erosion, increase plant biomass, improve nutrient cycling, and sequester atmospheric carbon in newly formed soils. In the study, the increase in soil organic matter was sufficient to provide a net sink of 2 tons of carbon per hectare per year. mehr
This study examines the effects of holistically planned grazing on cows on an organic dairy farm. Over three years, results included an increase in grazing days, a decrease in feed costs, improved profitability, a significant improvement in animal health, and an improvement in milk quality. mehr
To assess whether holistic management with multi-paddock grazing is superior to continuous grazing in terms of resource conservation and restoration, the study examines the effects of multi-paddock grazing with high animal density compared to continuous grazing in north Texas. The study concludes that ranchers who manage their pastures holistically have an advantage in terms of long-term resource conservation and profitability compared to those who practice continuous seasonal grazing. mehr
This FAO report by Colorado State University's Richard Conant, editor-in-chief, makes a strong case for grassland restoration as a climate change strategy and "improved grazing management" as one of the most important ways to improve soil carbon stocks. mehr
The paper almost studies on grazing lands and carbon sequestration together. It shows that rangelands store important stocks of terrestrial carbon, occupying about 3.6 billion hectares and accounting for about a quarter of potential carbon sequestration in world soils. Subsidence rates from grazing and restored semi-arid savanna are up to 2.75 tons per hectare per year. mehr
Grazing by livestock has a major impact on soil properties and the carbon and nitrogen cycling of rangeland soils. Grazing practices affect soil properties differently depending on the number of animals and grazing periods. The new holistic grazing management of short intensive grazing followed by a long rest period is already being applied to many pastures in Australia. However, little research has been conducted to date on the effects of this grazing system on soil physical and chemical health. Therefore, this study examines a sheep grazing area in southeast Queensland, Australia, comparing the two grazing systems of continuous and short grazing. mehr
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