Holistic Management

Holistic Management is a form of triple bottom line analysis applied to agriculture, formulated such that it can be understood, and applied easily to small to large scale agricultural operations. It utilises a central “Holistic Goal” and an array of management tools to assist in making informed decisions which work toward that goal.

The system was originally designed for grazing operations, and has a specific focus on planned grazing and how it can be utilised to restore environments. This came from research into natural grazing animals, which revealed complex links between flora and fauna which have then been applied into a methodology for grazing. This methodology utilises high stocking rates for short periods and extended rest periods to mimic natural grazing behaviour. This creates a “mob” mentality, increasing competition for feed, feed utilisation, soil disturbance, manure distribution, and less bias toward specific pasture species while capitalising on their growth patterns. Feed reserves are stored by leaving behind adequate pasture biomass after grazing, which also increases soil cover, and decreases the time required for plant recovery.

Holistic Management has the potential to increase the overall efficiency of agricultural operations, social capital, pasture production on a per square meter basis, organic soil carbon content, nutrient assimilation, reduce erosion, evaporation, and capital/running costs of machinery.

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