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How does grazing management affect plants, soils, animals and even the economics of a grazing enterprise? Well, rather than trying to explain it all in words, I endeavored to at least partially explain it through the following flowchart diagrams. The first diagram shows the potential consequences of overgrazing and the second diagram shows the same where regenerative grazing is being implemented.
Below you can preview the two flowcharts.
We’ve provided these flowcharts so producers can compare and contrast the benefits of regenerative grazing vs those of traditional grazing concepts. There are several ways to read and understand these flowcharts. ATTRA specialist Justin Morris recommends downloading the PDF version containing both flowcharts. A color printer set to landscape mode should render a nice chart you can use to study the processes, inputs, and considerations you’ll need for a successful regenerative grazing plan.
Because of the many effects grazing has on the ecosystem, both flowcharts are quite large, making it necessary to zoom in to read what’s in each text box. Arrows pointing up in a text box indicate that a factor is increasing while arrows pointing down indicate that a factor is decreasing. Lines and arrows that touch text boxes show direct relationships. Where two lines meet, usually at right angles to each other, the lines must be touching to signify a relationship. If there is no relationship there will be a gap on the horizontal line to give the appearance that it’s going underneath the vertical line it’s approaching. Red lines and arrows make it a bit easier in certain instances to follow a relationship that’s passing through several lines and text boxes. Text boxes are color-coded to show whether an effect is plant, soil, water, animal or economically related.
Please note: Text boxes with double asterisks provide additional explanations by simply moving the cursor over the appropriate text box. This additional text is visible in Firefox, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Acrobat. If you’re an Edge, Chrome, or Safari user, save the flowchart to your desktop and open it in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. The additional explanations will appear when moving the cursor over a text box with double asterisks. Footnotes are also on page 3 and 4 of the PDF flowcharts.
Hover the images below and use your mouse pointer to preview each chart. A desktop computer is recommended.