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Migratory Grazing

..Blending the science of grazing with the art of stockmanship

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 In most cases, holistic and regenerative grazing programs rely on electric fence to control where cattle graze in order to "mimic the action of wild, migrating,  herds of herbivores." In the above picture (courtesy of Rancho Terrenates, in Chihuahua, Mexico)  over 400 cows are migrating around the pasture as a herd. We call this Instinctive Migratory Grazing, or IMG.

IMG does not "mimic herds," but creates herd by rebooting the herd instinct allowing ranchers to follow holistic and regenerative grazing plans with less infrastructure and labor but more allowing for more flexibility. Once herd instinct is rebooted, it is possible to contour graze without the need for daily moves. How often we adjust their grazing path is dependent upon factors such as riparian areas and roughness of the terrain. In difficult terrain, or in protecting riparian areas, they may need daily moves. However in other areas, cattle may migrate around a pasture of a thousand acres or more with no need to be adjusted.  This also allows fewer water points to build and maintain. 

Successful regenerative grazers have a saying

 "It isn't how much rain you get, but how you use what rain you get.

This short video shows what is meant by that statement.

If you don't believe desertification is real, look at the picture to the right.  That is a sidebar sickle mower abandoned from when they would harvest native grass hay in that very spot less than seventy years ago. If you are not familiar with holistic or regenerative grazing, it is because it is counter intuitive. For a better understanding, visit our Grass Management page for a list of books, articles, videos and services from other people.
 

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Desertification of the Southwestern USA

An abandoned mower from when native grass hay was cut on this very spot less than 70 years ago. It is possible to regenerate these grasslands through planned biological regenerative grazing using IMG. During the IMG schools, there is discussion on how to plan, and keep the plan flexible, as well as designing water plans at a minimal cost.