Tag: Bison

Impacts of holistic planned grazing with bison compared to continuous grazing with cattle in South Dakota shortgrass prairie

Paper assesses Holistic Planned Grazing outcomes in shortgrass prairie of the Northern Great Plains of North America. Researchers compared key ecosystem functions on the ranch of long time Holistic Management practitioner Mimi Hillenbrand who grazes bison, with those on neighboring cattle ranches using using set stocked light continuous (LCG) and heavy continuous grazing (HCG). Positive results with Holistic Planned Grazing (referred to here as Adaptive Multi-Paddock or AMP grazing) include: increased fine litter cover (P < 0.05), improved water infiltration (P < 0.06), two to three times the available forage biomass (P < 0.001), improved plant composition (P < 0.05), decrease in invasive plants (P < 0.05), and decrease in bare ground (P < 0.05).

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Resilience on the Prairie Edge: The 777 Buffalo Ranch (2010)

The health and resilience of the 777 Buffalo Ranch is directly related to the abundance and diversity of its plant and animal species. On the ranch, plant diversity is increasing having many species of native cool and warm season grasses, flowering forbs, shrubs and trees. Deer, elk, antelope, mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, badgers, prairie dogs, porcupines, ground squirrels and many other animals share the range with the bison as they have for thousands of years. The ranch is also home to a variety of birds and raptors such as golden and bald eagles, red tail hawks, ferruginous hawks, prairie falcons and many others. Rare grassland birds such as the Baird’s sparrow and Long- billed curlew are found in abundance.

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