Blending the art of low stress stockmanship with the science of planned biological grazing

Cost Effectiveness of Intensive Grazing
(and why conventional ranching isn’t cost effective or sustainable)

 For the last hundred (plus) years ranchers have been under the impression that in order to conserve grass they need to scatter cattle. Conservation groups have spread the "knowledge" that cattle are bad for the land, and those who buy ranches for recreational hunting generally don't allow any grazing so that the deer have the maximum amount of forage. Unfortunately this has all had the exact opposite impact on the land than intended. How can it be that resting the land would be detrimental?

The simplest explanation is that grazing lands are no more than nature's lawn. Prior to either annihilating large herds of grazing animals, or changing their behavior (elk were once plains animals) they maintained the grasslands. We replaced them with livestock and started fencing them into pastures to make them easier to keep track of. As grass started depleting, we scattered the animals more so we wouldn't "beat up" the grass so much. Unfortunately this has caused even more desertification.  This short video describes why conventional grazing methods, such as  scattering out cattle deplete grass and how intensive holistic methods, using planned biological grazing can reverse this process.

Using grazing as a maintenance tool increases forage and plant diversity enough to not only increase cattle stocking rates, but to also increase wild game populations as well. The only
 changes needed in infrastructure actually reduce labor and maintenance when using low stress handling methods to implement grazing plans.

In order to gain the maximum benefits of intensive, planned, biological grazing, one needs to concentrate all of their cattle into a single herd. No doubt this will be an expense. However when you take into account the number of miles and man hours saved by concentrating the water system, it amounts to money saved in a relatively short span of time. Additionally, this will help with predator control as coyotes don't tend to share their water source with other coyotes.