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Holistic Management Farming & Grazing Courses

Kirk Gadzia at Cowdraywith Kirk Gadzia

Two introductory and one advanced course at three venues

6th-8th October:
Introduction to Holistic Management at Fordhall Farm, Shropshire

10th-12th October:
Introduction to Holistic Management at Bicton EaRTH, Budleigh, Devon

13th-15th October:
Advanced Holistic Management at Kingsclere Estates, Basingstoke, Hants

A broad and commonsense introduction to the wide field of Holistic Management® (HM). Feedback from years of running these courses is that attendees want a balanced approach to the information delivered on these courses where all of the elements of HM are covered succinctly and effectively. The HMFG course is over two sections of three days and starts with the Ten Principles of HM, followed by the Water and Mineral Cycles, Community Dynamics and Energy Flow. Financial, grazing & ecosystem management tools are described and evaluated in the context of a developed Holistic Goal with a regime of Testing Decisions prescribing how best to make very conclusive and well thought out plans of action.

Grazing Planning is also described, this being the greatest application of HM for most attendees, with days spent both indoors and outdoors generating time controlled grazing plans and learning about related practices. The Advanced course goes into more depth on Land and Financial Planning and the various land use and fencing options available. It also looks at Local Watershed Health, focusing on practical, cost-effective means to protect and restore eroded landscapes and waterways.

Holistic Management® is an animal and land management practice that mimics nature to benefit both grazing stock and biodiversity. Graziers across the world have discovered that they can increase production of their herds while also improving water and mineral cycles of environments under a Holistic Management regime. Pioneered by Allan Savory more than 40 years ago, it offers land stewards a way to make grazing, land management and financial decisions that positively impact land health and productivity. Many now consider this type of grazing management to be the single most beneficial technique for restoring both profits and biodiversity to independent grazing operations. Overgrazing is a function of time, NOT animal numbers. Damage occurs when the plant is trying to grow but an animal keeps eating it again.

Holistically managed landWhy Holistic Management®?

Holistic Management® is most easily defined by simply adding W to the word holistic. This describes what the process does - helps us manage Whole situations rather than perceived parts. Managing the whole gives better results and fewer unexpected problems. Many publications today are filled with gloomy forecasts about agriculture and the environment, yet few offer any realistic solutions that strengthen both our economy and communities. To reverse this trend we must do it with the people already on the land. Holistic Management gives human values a priority, while creating profit through proven financial planning procedures and ecosystem enhancement techniques.

Learn How To:

MANAGE FOR PROFIT

  • Eliminate unnecessary costs
  • Create new wealth from your resources
  • Plan and achieve a profit
  • Analyze new and existing enterprises for their contribution to the entire operation
  • Increase production on your land
  • Why most people actually plan for non-profitability and what the three keys are to reversing this tendency

MANAGE FOR LAND HEALTH

  • How to "Leave it better than you found it"
  • Improve rainfall effectiveness, increase production and regenerate soil health
  • Enrich plant and wildlife diversity
  • Reduce dependency on outside inputs
  • Create a detailed grazing plan that enhances both your production and landscape goals

MANAGE FOR PEOPLE

Studying grass quality on Kirk's course

  • Set realistic goals and achieve your desired quality of life
  • Improve family and employee harmony and involvement
  • Prepare for managed succession of the business into the next generation
  • Learn leadership skills that create true involvement
  • Understand the key communication skills that lead to effective management

Course outcomes

Upon completion of the intorductory course you can expect to have a working knowledge of how to use the Holistic Management® model to achieve your goals. Understanding and managing the ecosystem is stressed, as well as the tools available to you to influence your financial, land and people resources. The advanced course deepens this knowledge with case studies, worked examples and the opportunity to work on your own plan.


Dates (for more details please click on the links):

6th - 8th October: Introduction to Holistic Management at Fordhall Farm, Shropshire

10th - 12th October: Introduction to Holistic Management at Bicton EaRTH, Devon

13th - 15th October: Advanced Holistic Management at Kingsclere Estates, Basingstoke