Holistic management is a strategic planning process that adds simplicity to the sheer complexity that livestock managers face on a daily basis integrating livestock production with forage, crops, wildlife needs and thousands of other considerations, while working to ensure continued regeneration land, animal health and performance, and profitability. Holistic management helps ensure that livestock are in the right place, at the right time, and with the right behavior.
HOW WAS THE HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT DEVELOPED?
In the 1960s, Zimbabwean wildlife biologist and farmer Allan Savory made a significant advance in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world's grassland ecosystems and developed a way to restore the health of the land using livestock as their main tool.
For centuries we believed that livestock was one of the main causes of desertification, but Savory's research over the past 3 decades showed that the problem lay in how that livestock was managed. His solution was to imitate the behavior of the ancient herds of wild grazing animals he had witnessed as a young biologist. He devised a simple method that any rancher and farmer can use to improve soil health, improve utilization of rain and nutrients, improve pasture productivity, and move massive amounts of carbon and water from the atmosphere to the soil and begin to reverse thousands years of desertification.
HOW DOES THE GRAZING PLAN WORK?
It is done through herd grazing, imitating nature, handling animals as if it were a dense herd of interacting and constantly migrating herbivores. The animal impact, which can be generated by the high density of animals, alternated with recovery periods, allows plants and soil microorganisms to recover, increasing biological activity and improving the cycles of the ecosystem.
Perhaps it is very much like rotary grazing with the naked eye. But it considers variables such as recovery time, herd behavior, animal density, social aspects and the operation of each field, which generates virtuous circles that lead to increased productivity, carrying capacity and higher profitability per hectare.
It is not a recipe that can be replicated, but are schedules that include tools that will be used (or not) according to each unique context. We use it as a tool to improve the effectiveness of ecosystem cycles: water, minerals, solar energy and community dynamics