Cut costs, not grass with holistic land approach

MAN OF THE LAND: Holistic Management pioneer Allan Savory
MAN OF THE LAND: Holistic Management pioneer Allan Savory

LIFESTYLE property owners who dread the costs of grass slashing and controlling invasive noxious weeds such as camphor laurels can learn a more holistic approach to land management with a pioneer in the field, Allan Savory.

Next month Possum Creek educational farm will host a rare opportunity for locals to walk the paddock with Allan Savory and learn a new approach to their land.

The walk and seminar will explain the principles of Holistic Management.

This is a decision-making framework that results in ecologically regenerative, economically viable and socially sound management of the world's grasslands, according to Possum Creek's animal systems manager Sam Bonello.

"There are a lot of lifestyle blocks people have bought on the North Coast that become costly to manage with grass slashing or they get overrun by camphor laurel," Mr Bonello said.

"A holistic management approach offers an alternative to slashing and weed growth using grazing animals."

In this alternative grazing system, animals are bunched up and allowed to graze intensely on small sections of land, then moved on.

In the process they trample weeds and improve the soil and the healthy growth of grasses.

The holistic approach pioneered by Mr Savory could lead to more sequestration of carbon than reforestation, was less costly than slashing, fostered less weeds and greater soil biological activity and better animal health.

Possum Creek had just started applying the Savory approach with the addition of 27 heifers on its 40ha, but the approach could be used by larger or smaller properties.

"Even if a property owner had 8ha to manage, they could use sheep as the grazing animals instead of beasts.

"One of the beautiful things about Allan Savory's approach is that the method is scalable," he said.

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