holistic planned grazing


Water in Plain Sight I read much of this book while sitting under a gorgeous acacia tree in Maasai land, Kenya. The temperature under the tree was pleasant and it protected my lily white December skin from blistering in the harsh sun that was beating down. This accentuated the point made very clearly in Water in plain sight; we need trees to live successfully on planet earth. We were in Kenya to visit Dalmas Tiampati to better...

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Overgrazing Farmers are accused of it, the biodiversity of the British uplands have been damaged by it for sure, but it’s also happening on conservation land grazed by only a tiny number of wild deer so what’s the deal here? The first misconception I would like to address is: that land is not overgrazed; plants are. If a field grows ten species of grass plant and a herbivore grazer takes a liking to that plant, that plant will...

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It seems like every time it rains for more than a few hours in the Lake District we are seeing roads flooded and standing water in pastures and meadows. So what’s the real cause of flooding? We’ve always had floods but never have we seen such disruption from relatively ‘normal’ amounts of heavy rain. For a landscape to be flood and drought resistant, rain must be absorbed slowly into the various layers of the...

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Are your pastures increasing in moss and rush? As I have been walking around the pastures and meadows in the Lake District where I live, I’ve been astonished by how prevalent moss and rush is becoming in fields that were once dominated by grasses. I’d like to throw around a few ideas about why this is happening. First, you must understand what a grass plant needs to be healthy and thrive. For a species or several species...

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