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zinChange = Change
Across the world livestock and graziers have a bad rap for their ecological footprint and this has led to wide efforts to improve outcomes in grazing landscapes. Having been involved in regenerative grazing, particularly Holistic Management, Dick Richardson recognised that many approaches led to success and improved ecology and economic outcomes for a while. After this the status quo returned. In most cases this resulted in a simplification of ecosystem processes with a drop in productivity. This was reflecting a simplification of actions and repetitive management as people grew to believe they knew what they were doing and they settled into patterns of behaviour which reflected that.
In nature however, everything is unique - every season, every year, every landscape, every environment event. Variable / intermittent rainfall areas are beset with natural catastrophic events that affect and change environments for example hail, drought, floods, fire, heavy grazing, trampling, disease and so on. These events create change in the environment and ecosystems. If we seek to work with nature or in nature's image we need to recognise this fundamental principle of nature.
Nature operate in patterns and wholes (Jan Smuts 1926).
In nature wholes only change when the patterns do, so changing the pattern changes the whole.
Grazing naturally means changing management events in the case by case constructive way to suit the current situation and desired outcomes.
It is a form of landscape management that seeks to develop landscape function and deliver increased production, an improved natural resource base, healthy nutrient cycling, greater biodiversity and enhanced resilience.
Grazing naturally meets the challenges of salinity, erosion, more erratic and unreliable rainfall, extreme weather events, and higher farming input costs in the face of the increased demand of population growth to produce more food and fibre.