Severe salinity (LHS) but none under holistic grazing planning (RHS) -
Close up of set stocking (LHS) and holistic grazing planning (RHS). Notice
fewer thistles on the right. Mid-north coast of NSW.
Classic 'patch grazing' (RHS) where the very short grassed areas are
severely overgrazed and the taller material will soon be overrested. Far south
coast of NSW.
Very conventional set stocking (LHS) compared to holistic grazing
planning in a difficult season on the Monaro of NSW.
Soon after the autumn break, in Western Australia. Holistic planned grazing
(LHS) and conventional set-stocked (RHS). Notice difference in cover. Over a
season this increases productivity dramatically.
Set stocked paddock (RHS) compared to holistic grazing planning of beef
cattle (LHS) - Central West of NSW. Note the thistles in set-stocked area.
Stock just moved out from the holistic planned grazing (LHS). Photo taken
mid-winter 2009. New England region of NSW.
Set stocked (LHS). Notice bare, exposed and eroding soil. Winter of 2009
in Central West NSW.
Total rest applied to a National Park near Cobar, Western NSW. In the
absence of managed animals this is a common outcome in very brittle-tending
Adjacent to the National Park near Cobar is this paddock, which is part
of a holistically managed grazing cell. Photo not taken on the same day as the
previous photo, but the difference is clear and profound.
Set stocked (LHS) compared to well covered and high producing
holistic grazing planning (RHS). South-west slopes of NSW in mid winter of
Same location as previous photo, showing the detail of the soil cover.
Western Australian 'non-wetting' sand plain North of Perth. The RHS was
treated 12 months earlier with very high stock density of sheep - heavy
trampling and dunging. Although succession still very low, progress is under
way without other inputs.
Photo taken at break of season (Autumn) in Western Australia.
Notice that left-hand branch of the gully is dry (drains holistically managed
land) and water from the first rain is already running off conventionally
This is where the running water in right branch of gully in
previous photo was coming from - a bare, eroding slope.
The left hand branch of
the gully received no runoff because the rain fell on to organic litter
creating a covered soil.
Close up of some of the flats also contributing to the runoff
into the right hand gully.
Creek junction a few weeks later as green up is further established.
Note: there is still no runoff in the left hand gully, but plenty of water is
coming from the neighbour. Who will grow most grass do you think?
Spring 2010 after 225mm (avg 450mm) for growing season. Branch on right has
carried water, whilst left branch has carried none. Good water cycle on