Holistic Planned Grazing 5-Day Training Course, Rickmansworth, UK, 5-9 March 2018
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Soil is rapidly degrading.
Globally, for every 1 tonne of food produced, 20 tonnes of soil are degraded.
What can be done?
Holistic Management is a decision-making framework that enables you to regenerate soil and boost profitability at the same time.
Holistic Management pays big dividends.
I can read the land and see it in a completely different way. I can make sense of what is happening, and how my management is influencing it.
— Richard Park, Low Sizergh Farm
· Double the productivity of land.
· Reduce input costs.
· Increase revenue and profit.
· Thrive without subsidy.
· Lower food costs.
· Access clean water year-round.
· Mitigate drought, flood, and climate change.
· Increase biodiversity.
· Healthy plants, animals and humans.
Build your capacity to regenerate soil profitably, by attending this training course:
Holistic Planned Grazing
5-Day Training Course, Rickmansworth, 5-9 March 2018
In collaboration with Bailey Hill Farm.
This 5-day programme is designed for the farmer who wants to maximise grass productivity by starting holistic planned grazing in Spring 2018, and covers:
- The Foundations of Holistic Management — 3 Days: the fundamentals of holistic management, the ecosystem processes and the tools to manage them, holistic decision-making.
- Holistic Planned Grazing — 2 Days: the fundamentals of holistic planned grazing, creating, implementing, and monitoring your grazing plan.
The Fundamentals of Holistic Planned Grazing
- Holistic decision making and how it relates to Holistic Planned Grazing
- Why plan your grazing?
- Measuring forage utilization – in animal days
- Grazing, overgrazing, and growth rates
- Grazing periods and recovery periods
- Time, density, and paddock numbers
- Forage and drought reserves
- Determining correct stocking rates
- The critical non-growing, or slow-growing season
- Managing a drought
- Watering large herds
- Creating herd effect
- Single vs. multiple herds
- Wild grazers and browsers
- Matching animal cycles to land cycles
- Pests, parasites, and other challenges
- Reading the land to review the brittleness scale, ecosystem processes, and tools and their probable effects
Creating, Implementing, and Monitoring Your Grazing Plan
- When to plan: open-ended and closed-ended plans
- Pre-planning considerations
- How stocking rate relates to a holistic grazing plan
- How to address livestock, land, conservation, and social needs
- Create your growing season plan using the aide memoire and planning chart
- Create your non-growing season plan using the aide memoire and planning chart
- How to implement, monitor, and control a holistic grazing plan
The course provides the opportunity for participants to work on a growing season plan, using a scenario provided by the educator. Participants will leave the course with a good understanding of how to apply the principles on their own farm. The focus in this course is on learning the processbecause once that is understood, any situation, no matter how complex, becomes relatively easy to plan.
Why Holistic Planned Grazing is important
It caters for all the many variables that are commonly left out of grazing planning, such as: erratic weather, different types or classes of livestock, grazing through croplands, orchards or vineyards, wildlife needs, family needs (such as holidays or special events), and much more.
Although people think they can plan all of this in their heads, with assistance from a calendar or notebook, it is simply not possible to achieve the best plan in such a way.
Following the aide memoire step-by-step whilst noting each decision on the grazing chart renders even the most complicated situation simple and produces the best possible plan. This allows you to manage livestock grazing so that animals stay healthy and productive whilst increasing the biological capital that will sustain your business or livelihood for generations to come.
- Download CURRICULUM.
How is the course delivered?
- This is a face-to-face course delivered by two Savory Institute Accredited Educators.
- Learning is primarily in the classroom, with a few activities outdoors.
- We will visit a nearby farm that is practicing holistic management. Walk their land, and ask them questions about holistic planned grazing.
- There are practical exercises mixed throughout, where you apply what you have learned, sometimes by yourself, sometimes with a partner.
- Walk through all the steps of creating a growing season grazing plan using an example from the UK.
Who is the intended audience?
- Livestock farmers
- Arable farmers
- Conservationists and ecologists
- Food and fibre manufacturers and retailers
- Government officials
- Curious consumers
- Management consultants
- Business people
- Healthcare professionals
- Those who wish to become a Savory Institute Accredited Professional.
5-9 March 2018, the Foundations of Holistic Management (3 Days), and Holistic Planned Grazing (2 Days).
￡720 per person — Regular Price. Includes coffee and tea, lunch, learning materials.
￡576 per person — Special Farming Forum Price.
How to get ready for the programme?
To get the most out of the course, there is some pre-reading. You will be sent E-books by email after you register and pay for the course.