Full article: https://doi.org/10.3390/su10061848 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 on adaptivity, strategic decision-making, goal-setting and complexity. Based… Read more »
Author: Savory Institute
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 »
Full article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/skx060 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 service sustainability and improvement. This helps, for example, to enhance water infiltration, reduce erosion, increase plant biomass, improve nutrient cycling… Read more »
Full article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2020.0027 Summary:This paper argues that the infusion of holistic decision making into the practice of planned grazing, or “regenerative ranching,” results in a suite of ecological, economic and social benefits that are the main factors keep adherents on the regenerative path. Climate change mitigation is only a ‘co-benefit’ or after-thought. Regenerative ranching, say… Read more »
Holistic Management (HM) is a decision-making framework based on triple bottom line thinking and a proactive approach to managing complexity. Primarily associated with an approach to managing livestock, it has spurred long running and still unresolved debates in rangeland ecology and management. Less studied are the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of HM, which… Read more »
The transformative potential of regenerative agriculture has seen growing attention in the popular press, but few empirical studies have explored the processes by which farmers enter into, navigate, and, importantly, sustain the required paradigm shift in their approach to managing their properties, farm businesses, and personal lives. This paper analyzes the experiences of farmers… Read more »
Linda Kay James, a key leader and founder of the James Ranch in Durango, Colorado passed away at the age of 80. A long-time practitioner of Holistic Management and close friend of the Savory Institute, Kay pioneered regenerative agricultural practices in southwest Colorado.
Kay and David James raised their family of five children… Read more »
The partnership aims to improve rangeland management in Africa, Australia, and Brazil
In Fall 2020, Timberland will launch a collection of boots made with leather from verified regenerative ranches sourced through Savory’s Minnesota Hub, Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed.
January 2020 trip report by Trey Shelton