The herd becomes like a bank. The planned grazing is the management.
Their dad’s crop field had the rotating kraal and you could see the manure and hoof impact. It looked healthy and ready for the rains. The kraal was made of sticks, like most, but also had metal wire. That was the first I’d seen of that. I would like to see how these structures are dismantled and moved. This is added labor, which fixed kraals (stockades) obviously don’t require, but it is balanced by the reduction of labor moving manure and tilling land, and of course, it leads to much healthier soil. There are added benefits which animal owners are discovering as well, such as the free time and comfort of mind they get when their cattle are managed in a herd with others. One community member said they now have time to start another business. It’s sort of like daycare for your cattle, but much more so. The collective management of the resource not only makes lives easier for individual families, it heals the land that their haphazard cattle management was destroying. It is ingrained here that wealth is measured in cattle, and these are guarded like gold, so the idea that they could be collectively managed is new. It takes trust, but most of all, it takes a goal. What do people want for their community? The herd becomes like a bank. The planned grazing is the management. The food and healthy soils are the dividend, and the interest is a desirable future. Why wouldn’t you invest? Have you ever wondered where the phrase “stock market” came from? What happens when you add the word “live” to the front? Soil is the economics of the future.