Read full paper: “Less Stress, More Grass by Managing Holistically”
Organic dairy farm, Dharma Lea, experienced economic, social and ecological benefits when making the switch from rotational grazing to Holistic Planned Grazing. Improvements over three years included:
• A 120% increase in the number of grazing days per year, from 76 days to 167 days per year, which translates into an annual savings of $27,300.
• A drop in feed cost from 60% to 48% of the total cost of production.
• Improved profitability with a gross margin of 41%.
• Increased carrying capacity of the land, with a 68% increase in grass harvested by cattle on pasture.
• A significant improvement in livestock health, with a key indicator – mastitis – dropping from 73% to 3% within the herd.
• Improved milk quality, with a 10% increase in total milk solids.
• Improved quality of life for the entire family, including more time to spend together, more wildlife to enjoy, a sense of community, and a lot less stress.
• Improved financial position, enabling the family to purchase an additional farm that would triple the size of their land, provide a new family home, and allow expansion of the herd and milking parlor.