Holistic Livestock and Wildlife Health Plans

Posted on Feb 7, 2018 |


Holistic Livestock and Wildlife Health Plans

Natural and undisturbed wildlife populations don’t suffer from the same diseases and infections that plague our modern livestock; their knowledge of their environment allows them to regulate their own food supplies and prevents interbreeding to a level that impacts their health. The principles of selection of the fittest means that the animals that don’t suit the environment don’t pass on their genes and therefore over time the population becomes completely adapted to their territory.

As soon as we domesticated animals we started reversing these processes.

In the case of herbivores we interrupted the natural recovery of the plants and habitats by fencing animals into areas that are convenient for our management. Wild ungulates either graze in large groups which leads to heavy trampling/manuring followed by long recovery periods or they seasonally access grazing areas which minimises overgrazing. Managing with a ‘set stocking’ or continual grazing regime allows grazers to continually re-graze their preferred plants. Reduced recovery periods weaken plants and reduce biodiversity.

Lack of diversity and provision of a good range of species reduces a herbivores access to grasses, herbs and trees that offer natural medicinal properties. That coupled with the shallow roots and inability of the plants to access the ‘total pool’ soil nutrients reduces the health of livestock and increases the likelihood we need to intervene with medication, mineral supplements or feed.

We design, breed, grazing and livestock management plans that mimic the principles of wild herbivores and work with a breeding program that facilitates selection for traits that build health and resilience. We work on building soil health and biodiversity to create a natural diet that provides the full spectrum of nutrients and complete forage requirements for your livestock.

If fully implementing our grazing and health management plans, in most cases livestock farmers can expect to carry more livestock whilst reducing feed, vet and fertiliser costs to virtually nil whilst still increasing biodiversity.

 

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