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Biodiversity Makes Us Stronger and More Resilient

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Biodiversity – like having lots of different plants, bugs and wildlife in our pastures, some o
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

3 Comments

  1. Frank Egan says:

    G’day Gene,down here in Aussie govts have almost given up funding research leaving the door open to commercial interests to “direct” outcomes in their favor.Modern livestock farming is now being driven towards a closed circle ,with the farmer “trapped” in the middle unable to escape because each link in the production chain in linked to the one before and the one after.e.g. modern pasture seeds require chemical fertilizers, chemical sprays to control competition and the best genetics to generate a profit from all those expensive inputs.If you take out just one link the whole system “falls over”.

  2. Curt Gesch says:

    I planted an annual “cocktail” mix plot. It has had three grazings already and I’m hoping for another towards mid-late October. It is still lush. The few other people in this area who tried it have yet to graze it once, or they have had poor success because of planting late. One farmer planted it as an underseed with a barley-pea silage crop but it didn’t do well. I’m not sure that the “cocktail” is meant to be used as a second crop.

  3. Gene Schriefer says:

    Scientific research tends to be reductionist in nature, reducing to one single thing leading to specialization and monocultures? Nature with high diversity tends towards redundancy, backup systems incase another component fails.

    What’s the back up plan to the power grid, the internet, highly inbred species of animals and plants?

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