Christina Allday-Bondy

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Christina Allday-Bondy
Posted over 2 years ago
Campaign to get the UN to offer training to livestock owners and landowners in Allan Savory's Holistic Management techniques.
Richard, Allan maintains that fire is ONE tool in the Holistic Management toolbox. I think he would say that in most cases it has been misused and so does not deliver the long term results possible with livestock. It also generates compounds much more damaging to the atmosphere. In the case of the Kerr, small controlled burns are followed relatively quickly by livestock, which is a somewhat refined application of both tools that tested out as delivering the complex habitat mosaic that the Kerr is managing for. (FYI, Donnie Harmel died about 10 years ago; and for political reasons Texas Parks and Wildlife is loathe to step into anything appearing to be an endorsement of HM.) I agree that each site needs its own management regime. But what we know is that, in seasonal moisture environments, livestock are a critical component of management that fulfill a role other tools do not. Timing of the livestock tool and it's use with other tools varies from site to site. Personally, I would not dismiss a UN resolution out of hand. It depends on what it says.
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Christina Allday-Bondy
Posted over 2 years ago
Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change
The Savory Institute is currently and successfully improving the relationship between the science community and practitioners on the ground because relevant science informs management. This is vital to empower pastoralists to reach our goal of 1 billion hectares of grasslands restored by 2025. We are working with the scientific community from many universities and research institutions to close data gaps and better inform the practice of Holistic Management, as well as document success. Innovations such as remote sensing and improved ways to measure soil carbon are extremely helpful. Also, the systems approach that many researchers now embrace is helping them to capture more effectively the complexity of natural systems.
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Christina Allday-Bondy
Posted over 2 years ago
Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change
Remember that the elephant slaughter happened 40-50 years ago. And the decision was taken after review by a panel of experts. All were doing the best they could with the information they had to the extent they understood it at the time. It is easy for us in hindsight to condemn. Fortunately great mistakes or misfortunes sometimes catalyze learning beyond conventional wisdom.
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Christina Allday-Bondy
Posted over 2 years ago
Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change
George, some small landowners are finding the heritage breeds (like Dexters or British Whites) as quite suitable for their situation. Many are smaller, hardier and better adapted to life on grass than the highly bred commercial animals. While they are a bit slower to finish on grass, I know folks in Texas who supplement their income from a few animals harvested each year. They get premium price points because Holistic Planned grazing has eliminated the need for some conventional preventative medications like wormers (planned movements can break the life cycle of parasites.) They use portable electric fencing that takes minutes and little muscle to move. A friend of mine in Colorado raises Churro sheep on 15 acres managed holistically. Her diligence in monitoring and adjusting her grazing plan accordingly (both key to success) means she now supports 40 head.....and the pastures are luxuriant.