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Moderate Grazing Repairs Soils

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Thanks to Dennis O’Brien and researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service for their a
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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.

2 Comments

  1. curt gesch says:

    I find it interesting that both in this article and in Troy’s, particular actions suited to a specific piece of land must/may differ for most environmental health. Without throwing out generalizations, I suggest that when making land-use decisions (such as reported in the articles), one does best when having an open mind and coming to conclusions that show “tentative certainty.”

    • Great diplomacy, Curt. The 10+ years of moderate grazing did improve my soils (heavy, wet soils in Southwest Louisiana.) However, we have moved to high density grazing using the principles and recommendations of Ian Mitchell-Innes and are seeing faster improvement in the 1 year since we undertook that change. In 2004 we had 33 Animal Units on 34 acres; 2010, 65 AU on 47 acres; 2017 110 AU on 220 acres. We expect to double to 200+ Au on that 220 acres by 2022. There’s more to be learned. I think “tentative certainty” is an excellent way to express what we’ve learned so far!

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