”And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle,
that thou mayest eat and be full.” – Deuteronomy 11:15
How does mob grazing improve land quality?
When combined with natural livestock management, mob grazing has profound effects on pastureland:
Litter: Animals trample uneaten forage on the ground. This “litter” dies and decomposes into natural fertilizer. It holds eight times its weight in water, keeping roots moist and reducing erosion. It also shields the soil from excess sunlight in summer.
Soil Life: Earthworms consume litter and create topsoil. They add nutrients to soil, aerate it, and regulate pH. Mob grazing is proven to increase the population of many beneficial organisms, including spiders, microbes, and dung beetles.
Fertilization: Because animal density is high, each paddock receives a concentrated dose of manure and urine. Manure piles disappear quickly and are the best source of fertility for pasture.
Mineralization: 80% of the mineral supplements consumed by cattle are spread on the land via manure. Over time, nutrient deficiencies in soil are remedied, making it more fertile and able to grow healthier forage.
This “animal impact” can be harnessed by a rancher to accomplish a wide range of goals:
• Weed control
• Converting wooded areas into pasture
• Healing eroded areas and building topsoil
• Fertilizing poor-quality pasture
• Increasing livestock carrying capacity
• Building wildlife habitat for hunting and conservation
”And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.” – Deuteronomy 11:15
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