Special Issue: Holistic Planned Grazing

Posted 12 September 2017 by NISC under Announcements & Notices • Journal: African Journal of Range & Forage Science
Special Issue: Holistic Planned Grazing

African Journal of Range & Forage Science, Volume 34, Issue 2 is a special issue titled, “Does Holistic Planned Grazing™ work on native rangelands?”. The balance of papers in this Special Issue show how Holistic Planned Grazing™ is managed and where it is used impacts the efficacy of the approach. 

In the Introduction of the special issue, Hawkins, Short and Kirkman expand on the idea that while we will do well to develop more mechanistic models that can identify these thresholds and test them in real-life situations, it is certain that broad generalisations will not do. “We can neither dismiss Holistic Planned Grazing out of hand nor claim that it will work anywhere. Both land-users and scientists should consider the evidence at hand along with their management goals (production, conservation or restoration) before deciding what livestock management approach is appropriate.”

The Introduction of the special issue has been made available to read at no cost until the end of October 2017 here

The special issue includes research and review articles based on several aspects of Holistic Planned Grazing. Hawkins meta-analysis of the effect sizes of Holistic Planned Grazing versus season-long grazing provides a quantitative overview of evidence to day. This position paper, titled, “A global assessment of Holistic Planned Grazing™ compared with season-long, continuous grazing: meta-analysis findings”  has been published Open Access. 

Two review articles, authored by Teague & Barnes and Fynn et al.provide overviews of rangeland management systems in the context of both our understanding of mechanistic processes and a systems overview, or farmer’s eye perspective. The Teague & Barnes article, “Grazing management that regenerates ecosystem function and grazing and livelihoods”, and the Fynn et al. article, “Optimal grazing management strategies: evaluating key concepts”, can be viewed at no cost until the end of October 2017 by clicking on the respective titles.

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