Does Holistic Planned Grazing™ work on native rangelands?

DOI: 10.2989/10220119.2017.1367328
Author(s): Heidi-Jayne HawkinsDepartment of Biological Sciences, South Africa, Alan ShortThemeda Eco Consulting, South Africa, Kevin P KirkmanGrassland Science, South Africa


The balance of papers in this Special Issue show that how Holistic Planned Grazing™ is managed and where it is used impacts the efficacy of the approach. 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.

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