Holistic Planned Grazing
In the past, large herds of wild, migratory herbivores, like the wildebeest, zebra’s and springbok of the African savannahs or the bison and pronghorn of the North-American prairies, grazed, fertilised, trampled and tilled the soil as they moved along in their search for fresh grass. These great herds were kept together and pushed along by predators following in their wake. By doing so, these herds prepared the land for new grass growth leaving behind a protective layer of trampled vegetation, dung and soil, building organic matter and deepening plant roots. A natural cycle, millions of years old, in which both animals and plants have evolved into the current herbivores and grasses which only really thrive in each others presence.
On our farms, through planned rotational grazing, we try to mimic this natural interaction between grass and grazer by creating larger grazing mobs and keeping them together with the use of (temporary) fencing. The health and resilience of our farms is directly related to the abundance and diversity of its plants, microorganisms, insects, birds and other animal species. Plant diversity on our properties has increased with many species of native cool and warm season grasses, flowering forbs, shrubs, and trees while bare ground and the amount of space between plants have declined significantly.