Holistic Management UK
Holistic management is a process of decision-making and planning that gives people the insights and management tools needed to work with nature; resulting in better, more informed decisions that balance economic, social and environmental considerations.
In the context of the ecological restoration of grasslands, managers implement Holistic Planned Grazing to properly manage livestock — mimicking the predator/prey relationships in which these environments evolved.
Those applying holistic management in the UK can expect to improve long-term profitability or financial resilience; experience enhanced performance of the habitat, land, animals or operation; experience better social relationships, and improve soil health and ecosystems.
DEFRA estimates soil degradation costs England and Wales £1.2 billion annually.
Soil degradation affects everyone who produces or consumes food and fibre.
Although Holistic Management was developed in arid areas of the world it has proved incredibly beneficial in the more forgiving ‘non-brittle’ environments of the world such as the UK. Our land may still grow grass, but soil degradation and a gradual loss of profits are making UK farmers heavily reliant on subsidies for survival.
We are particularly interested in refining the application of holistic management in the UK to fit our strong cultural farming heritage, diverse habitats, varying landscape and many microclimates.
Holistic Management in the UK offers hope that there is a way of managing land and livestock that can sustainably support farming families into the future whilst increasing biodiversity and providing health food for the nation.
The ‘non-brittle’ areas of the world are going to become under ever increasing pressure to feed much of the population as large areas of the world’s grasslands turn to desert. It is imperative that in the UK we understand learn how to farm fully functional ecosystems. We’re in a good position to promote the knowledge and application to the parts of the world that need it most. If our land’s going to be able to stand up to increased pressure to produce food and fluctuations in climate then we must create the most resilient, robust farmland possible. Holistic management can help us with this challenge.
Potential economic benefits of using holistic management in the UK:
Drastically increases the productivity of the land.
Increases growing season of grasslands.
Improves forage quality and grass productivity.
Improves animal health and performance.
Increases market value of animal products and crops.
Reduces the need for costly inputs such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers.
Increases farmer revenue and profit.
Enables farmers to thrive without heavy reliance on subsidy.
Potential social benefits of using holistic management in the UK:
Enhances relationships with family, employees, suppliers and community.
Restores sense of pride in being a land manager.
Lowers food costs.
Improves the health of plants, animals and humans.
Potential ecological benefits of using holistic management in the UK:
Minimises soil erosion and leaching of minerals into groundwater.
Enables river catchments to provide clean water year-round.
Mitigates drought, flood, and climate change.
Increases biodiversity and therefore resilience.
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Here is the holistic Management Framework