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!!!! Grass Growth in Drylands, How to Decide When to Graze. Holistic Management in Semiarid to Arid place  RSS feed

 
hans muster
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Hi all,

having read Savory's "HM, a new framework for decision making" (2nd edition) I must say it really has become one of my favorite books and an eye-opener.
But I need more information about grass growth, especially when to graze in arid/semiarid conditions. Yes I understand you cannot give me an answer like that, but I want to know how to decide when to graze.

Savory writes about a book by André Voisin (grass productivity). Is it also helpful for drylands, Voisin having lived in France?

If someone has some pdfs, it would be really helpful. In french even better, as I work currently in the Maghreb.
I work currently in a region where people work mainly with overrest, and severely degraded. Many places are on the rocks, having lost all (!) soil. But I see the potential, and want to change that. For this I need some good literature and sources as references, and not to tell something wrong because I misunderstood it.

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Hans

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Anyone?
 
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bumping this up to see if anyone can help
 
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Parts of France are quite dry partly due to having a limestone surface so transhumance has been practiced for some time to maintain the grazing . I suspect that the traditional methods , timing and stocking rates are well known and attempts to change them are now unwelcome as in the past has lead to starvation and land degredation  . One of the reasons put forward for the civil war in Syria is the forced collectivization of the grazing resulting in soil degradation and nomadic farmers fleeing destitute to the cities leading lots of angry hungry folks with no work money or hope.
I would ask the locals is there is a pattern of previous usage
https://www.uvm.edu/~susagctr/resources/IntensiveGrazing.pdf might help

David
 
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