Regenerative grazing is a livestock management approach that seeks to improve soil health and biodiversity in rangeland areas. It is based on the idea that responsible livestock farming can promote ecosystem regeneration.
Regenerative grazing uses techniques such as rotational grazing and strategic livestock management. This means allowing sufficient time for plants to recover between grazing rotations and avoiding overgrazing in any one area.
Regenerative grazing may also involve introducing plant species that are beneficial to the soil and biodiversity, and implementing soil conservation practices to prevent erosion and nutrient loss. Furthermore, this approach seeks to reduce the use of antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals that are detrimental to biodiversity and conservation.
The benefits of regenerative grazing include increased rangeland productivity, increased resilience to extreme weather, improved water quality and greater biodiversity. This type of grazing can also have a positive impact on livestock health and welfare — through new infrastructures and direct health improvements — and on meat and milk yields. Regenerative grazing can also attract consumers willing to pay more for livestock products that have been raised in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. This translates as a direct increase in farm profitability and farmers’ quality of life.
Pasture productivity, farm size and location, livestock type and the market for livestock products all influence the profitability of grazing.