HMI’s Online Learning Series Getting Started Holistic Grazing Planning course began in January 2019 with 44 participants from the United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Thailand. This course focused on the key grazing planning principles and practices. Professional Certified Educator, Ralph Tate, led participants through exercises where they experimented with critical grazing considerations, determining forage inventory, animal needs, and grazing and recovery periods. They finished off the module by putting all these calculations into a written grazing plan.
Nicole Jeffries, Strasburg, Colorado
“The Holistic Grazing Management Course with HMI has aided in creating a confident and solid foundation for planning an effective and stress-free grazing plan for my bison herd and ranch. The course provides easy step-by-step tools to build and maintain a grazing plan with effective long and short-term goals, element and environment considerations, personal schedule conflicts, drought & supplement planning, how to correctly measure rest variances within the same and different pastures, considerations of fence boundaries, and so on. I look forward to additional courses with HMI and their easy to use tools and training platform.”
Brad Anderson, Cape Town, South Africa
Here’s the best things participant’s learned/experienced:
I definitely found the assessments to be super helpful as it took all that I had learned in theory and forced me to put it into practice. Without the assignments the experience would have been helpful still, but probably would have remained as head knowledge rather than a tool I now feel I can use.
I think the grazing calculation worksheet that went step by step with calculating how much forage we have, how many animals can graze, and how many paddocks to set up was worth the entire class in itself.
How to asses forage, rest days, and number of paddocks per pasture
The the first “herds” getting established are the herds of micro organisms on the soil and from there everything will go upwards towards more fertility
I learned that grazing holistically is so beneficial, and if you do the extra work for planning and monitoring then it will really help you and the land you’re working on. The grazing plan was really helpful to learn about as well. I think that writing things out like that is really helpful, especially for us very forgetful humans. A couple other things I will walk away with is the skills of how to assess how much forage there is, when to move to the next paddock, and how much recovery each paddock will need.
How to determine a proper stocking rate, and how long a paddock can house a number of animals before over grazing occurred.
For the entire course, helped reinforce the subjects I know/knew. Loved the breakdown of the calculations to do manual input.
94% of people were satisfied with this course!
Based on the survey responses, here are the changes that occurred:
Getting Started Holistic Grazing Planning 2019 Survey Results
|Knowledge/Behavior and Confidence Increase||% Increase|
|Ability as a grazier||75%|
|Assessing recovery periods||87%|
|Assessing quantity of forage in a pasture||75%|
|Determining the number of animals your land can support for grazing||81%|
|Calculating the number of paddocks for your system||87%|
|Determining how long animals will stay in each paddock (residency rates/grazing periods)||81%|
|Intend to complete or modify a written grazing plan as a result of this course||93%|