We know that at previous points in history drastically more grazing animals existed in wild roaming herds and the planet did not suffer from the negative issues such as climate malfunction and land degradation that are pinned on livestock today.This doesn’t mean that all grazing is inherently good. Livestock, like any tool poorly used, can do tremendous environmental damage.
Holistic Management is all about managing for nature’s complexity. We treat the social, environmental, and economic factors as part of a greater indivisible whole. We must start raising our livestock using nature’s model. The natural predator-prey relationship prompts high-intensity, short-duration grazing scenarios with wild herds. Wild grazers are constantly bunched and moving. It’s a subtle change, but we need to be managing for timing and less for number of animals per acre. Grasslands actually depend on being grazed, but they depend on periods of rest too. You can over-graze and over-rest. Yet every landscape on the planet from tundra to forest to prairie utilizes wild animals to play a role in nutrient cycling. It makes sense that our foodsheds should mimic this pattern of biodiversity.
Check out this three-minute animation of how holistic planned grazing works. Fascinating!!