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10 June 2014|Grassland

The Savory Institute - 2014 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Putting Grasslands to Work: Join the Conversation

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel and Conference Centre

Putting Grasslands To Work: Join The Conversation


The Institute’s prime objective is highlighting the world’s grasslands for their immense environmental value and unprecedented beauty. We look to foster a conversation around the common language of these lands, one that transcends race and culture.

Allan Savory’s methods involve practical, achievable farming/management procedures, applicable and viable for those tending the land and accompanying grazing livestock to heal our world.

From Africa to Patagonia, the U.S. to the Middle East, the groundbreaking techniques gained from his many years observing the vast grazing herds on Africa’s grasslands have been honed and made relevant for sites around the globe.

Savory remarked, “Without agriculture it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and any stable economy.” The masses want a secure future for their children, prosperous and visually pleasing landscapes, safe and plentiful food plus a deep personal connection with nature. The population must be sustained whilst caring for the very medium that supports us all, the soil itself. Proponents of Holistic Management are unified by a love of the earth, a desire to understand, respect for nature's many changing rhythms and cycles and the abundant life held in a mere handful of soil.

HRH Prince Charles, “He {Allan} has since shown so graphically, the land needs the presence of feeding animals, if you take grazers off the land and lock them away in vast feedlots, the land dies.”
As the movement reaches a critical mass and ignites all around the globe, we aim to make London 2014 remembered as the time we truly reached out and touched the entire world.

We’ve put together what we believe is an unprecedented speaker line-up packed with star presenters. Dynamic experts in the fields of soil science, climate change, permaculture, range science, local food movement, human health, conservation biology and alternative finance will present their views. These world renowned experts include Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust, celebrity farmer Joel Salatin, permaculture consultant Darren Doherty, and soil scientist Elaine Ingham, and author Judith Schwartz. Holistic Management sits firmly focused at the centre - linking everything together.



10-06-2014 17:07 PM | Posted by: jc
Cattle that grazed according to Savory’s method needed expensive supplemental feed, became stressed and fatigued, and lost enough weight to compromise the profitability of their meat. And even though Savory’s Grazing Trials took place during a period of freakishly high rainfall, with rates exceeding the average by 24 percent overall, the authors contend that Savory’s method “failed to produce the marked improvement in grass cover claimed from its application.” The authors of the overview concluded exactly what mainstream ecologists have been concluding for 40 years: “No grazing system has yet shown the capacity to overcome the long-term effects of overstocking and/or drought on vegetation productivity.”


11-06-2014 21:52 PM | Posted by: Adam Khan
This criticism posted by JC is outdated and mistaken. Stan Parson's comment on the Slate article states:

"I refute the statements made by James McWilliams on the Charter Grazing Trials. I was closely involved in monitoring those trials. As an economist (MS Purdue 1968) and animal scientist (PhD Natal University) 1966), I was one of three men asked to monitor the Charter grazing trials 1969 -75. McWilliams states that:

'“…there were problems during the Charter Grazing Trials, ones not mentioned in Savory’s dramatic talk. Cattle that grazed according to Savory’s method needed expensive supplemental feed, became stressed and fatigued, and lost enough weight to compromise the profitability of their meat. And even though Savory’s Grazing Trials took place during a period of freakishly high rainfall, with rates exceeding the average by 24 percent overall, the authors contend that Savory’s method failed to produce the marked improvement in grass cover claimed from its application.”'

My recollection is that Dr. John Clatworthy, the range management specialist, only monitored vegetation species composition and did not monitor grass cover per se. I have no record or recollection of the statement made by McWilliams regarding either the supplementation or the profitability. No additional supplementation was required and my memory is that neither ‘Poor Man Savory’ nor ‘Rich Man Savory' was more or less profitable than the control managed by Mr David Worthington, managing Director of Charter Estates. I should add that the trials were not a ‘systematic research’ as Mr McWilliams contends but rather a demonstration by Savory to satisfy questions raised by Zimbabwean farmers in The Rhodesian Farmer regarding Savory’s contention that droughts were manmade.

So typical of an academic with an axe to grind, Mr McWilliams is using information that is 40 years old. What a pity he has not stayed up to date with developments since then. During those trials I was sufficiently convinced that with modification Savory’s principle had sufficient merit to be added to my consulting portfolio for livestock and business management. By the time I returned to Zimbabwe in 1998 I , and my colleagues in Australia, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Zimbabwe had worked with well over ten thousand ranchers on three continents from the high rainfall areas of northern California to the desert regions of Namibia. In addition changes in their business and livestock management most of those ranchers were, and still are, using the grazing principles developed by Allan Savory. It is they rather than the academics in their ivory towers who should be asked if controlled grazing management works. I believe you will find the answer is in the affirmative."

11-06-2014 21:55 PM | Posted by: Adam Khan
If you'd like to see what Holistic Management can do, check out these before and after photos. Holistic Planned Grazing, as outlined by Allan Savory makes grassland more productive and more resistant to drought. The method is being used on millions of acres all over the world and what it can do to desertifying land is nothing short of amazing. Check it out: http://www.regeneratinggrassland.com/2014/04/before-and-after-photos-of-holistic.html

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