WHAT IS HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT?
BEFORE WE LOOK AT HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT, LET’S TAKE A PEEK AT THE WAY LIVESTOCK IS FARMED TODAY…THE INDUSTRIAL-AGRICULTURE STANDARD THAT WE’VE COME TO ACCEPT AS “NORMAL” …
BECAUSE HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT RESTORES THE SOIL ECOSYSTEM NATURALLY, WITHOUT THE NEED FOR CHEMICAL TREATMENTS, IT OFFERS LONG-LASTING BENEFITS:
INTEGRATING OUR ANIMALS WITH THE ECOSYSTEM
Nowhere in nature will you find an ecosystem of only one species of animal consuming only one source of food! It simply doesn’t happen: instead, you’ll find a wide variety of species with symbiotic relationships. And that’s how it is here: our cows, sheep, pigs and chickens interact with the land, the plants, the bugs, other animals – and each other – in unique ways, just as they would in the wild
Chickens play a double role in our farm ecosystem: they clean up the pastures and intensively fertilize them wherever they go.
Our chickens are raised in a brooder for the first few weeks because they are highly temperature sensitive when they are young. But when they are ready, they move out to pasture in portable housing that is frequently moved, following after the cows and sheep. The chickens eat fly larvae and other bugs along with the pasture grasses, and we supplement their diet with local grain and fruit/vegetable waste.
Chicken manure is very high in nitrogen, and after they’ve gone through a pasture, the land is so heavily fertilized that you can easily see the difference when you are walking by (or even in an aerial photo!). The plants are so lush and green that the rest of the farm looks drab by comparison!