Richard Teague: The Science of Holistic Grazing

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Richard Teague is Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University. He shares his deep understanding of the science of holistic management, soil science, and the psychology of changing over to new practices and paradigms in Episode 46 of the Down to Earth Podcast.

3’04: Dr. Teague explains how healthy soil functions.

6’00: How soil biology gets damaged/degraded.

27’55: The details of successful rotation, requiring very few inputs but good management –and leading to greater stability and economic viability!

We have looked for farmers who have been farming for decades and have managed to improve their soil function as a basis for increasing their net profitability. Those two things go hand in hand for successful land management and production of food. They have used biological means: they manage the plants in a manner that results in the healthiest and most productive output from the soil microbia, which then supports the plant growth.

Richard Teague

 Study: Grazing management that regenerates ecosystem function and grazingland livelihoods
Richard Teague & Matt Barnes, July 2017
 Study: Multi-paddock grazing on rangelands: Why the perceptual dichotomy between research results and rancher experience?
Richard Teague, Fred Provenza, Urs Kreuter, Tim Steffens, Matt Barnes, July 2013

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