Month: July 2018

Mara Savory Hub Fundraising Gala 2018

Written by Lippa Wood, Savory Kenya Hub Leader

On the 28th of June 2018 we held a fundraiser for our hub and conservation project in the Maasai Mara in Kenya at the Goodwood House in the United Kingdom.  We managed to raise over $90,000. We chose this venue as we felt it is in a location… Read more »

Effect of grazing on soil-water content in semiarid rangelands of southeast Idaho

Read full article: “Effect of grazing on soil-water content in semiarid rangelands of southeast Idaho“

Summary: This papers shows that soils under a grazing method called “simulated holistic planned grazing” (SHPG) have the highest percent volumetric-water content (%VWC) of soils tested under three different grazing methodologies that also included “rest-rotation” (RESTROT), and “total rest” (TREST). The… Read more »

Managing the grazing landscape: Insights for agricultural adaptation from a mid-drought photo-elicitation study in the Australian sheep-wheat belt

Read the full article: “Managing the grazing landscape: Insights for agricultural adaptation from a mid-drought photo-elicitation study in the Australian sheep-wheat belt“

Summary: Promising measures, including the adaptive grazing decision-making practice called holistic management (HM), are urgently sought to adapt agriculture in Eastern Australia to increasing climate variability. During a photo-elicitation process utilized to compare the… Read more »

Sustainability of holistic and conventional cattle ranching in the seasonally dry tropics of Chiapas, Mexico

Read full article: “Sustainability of holistic and conventional cattle ranching in the seasonally dry tropics of Chiapas, Mexico“

Summary: To avoid the threat to biodiversity and long-term productivity posed by extensive grazing, annual pasture burns, and the frequent applications of agrochemicals employed by conventional cattle ranching in the lowlands of Chiapas, Mexico, a small group of… Read more »

Holistic Management and Adaptive Grazing: A Trainers’ View

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Summary: The authors avoid the usual debates on whether or not Holistic Management, Holistic Planned Grazing (or its many derivatives) work, and focus instead on the contribution of both to managing complexity. Holistic Management’s biggest acknowledged contribution to the grazing world is (arguably) its emphasis… Read more »

The Effect of Holistic Planned Grazing on African Rangelands: A Case Study from Zimbabwe

Summary: South Africa’s Agricultural Research Council completed this study over a 6-year period (2010-2016) comparing the Africa Centre for Holistic Management’s land at Dimbangombe under Holistic Planned Grazing (HGP), to nearby communal areas where HPG was not practiced. The researchers concluded that HPG yields positive long-term effects on ecosystem services (soils and vegetation) and points… Read more »

Cover Crops in Livestock Production: Whole-System Approach Managing Grazing to Restore Soil Health and Farm Livelihoods.

Read full article: “Forages and Pastures Symposium: Cover Crops in Livestock Production: Whole-System Approach Managing Grazing to Restore Soil Health and Farm Livelihoods“

Summary: This paper is a literature review on the ecological impacts of grazing, and finds that where managed properly (employing a “whole-systems approach” and “adaptive, goal-directed grazing methods”) livestock are essential to ecosystem… Read more »

Impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems

Read full article: “Impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems”

Summary: This paper does a greenhouse gas life cycle analysis (LCA) comparison of two grazing finishing systems in the Upper Midwest, USA: fleedlot finishing (FL) and adaptive multipaddock (AMP). It finds that AMP finishing improved soil… Read more »