How to Use a Leader-Follower Grazing System

In a leader-follower grazing system, animals with different forage needs pass through a pasture in succession, using the land more efficiently without destroying its ability to support livestock.

A silvopasture system is an intentional combination of forage and trees with livestock. Repeated university research shows that with proper management, forage yields increase, forage digestibility improves, and animals gain faster at lower costs. Here, Holstein steers graze in the hazelnut savanna: two crops from the same acre! Recently populations of savanna sparrows have begun to expand. Ecological restoration can occur simultaneously with agriculture, not separate from it.
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